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With less than a month until this baby’s arrival, I’ve started thinking more about what I can do to encourage a healthy labour and delivery. After the scare we had when Lucy was born, I want to do everything I can to help this birth go as smoothly as possible.
As I started to look into ways to improve my labour experience this time around, I’ve been reading more about naturopathic medicine. Using the Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors website, www.FindMyND.ca I was able to find a great naturopathic doctor nearby. Their members are qualified health care professionals who have completed post-graduate level naturopathic medical programs and cover a large variety of focuses. I was able to narrow my search to professionals who specialize in maternal care and find one that was the right fit.
I spoke with my naturopathic doctor about how I’ve been feeling this pregnancy and what my concerns are surrounding labour and delivery. She was able to suggest a treatment plan to prepare me for the remainder of my pregnancy, through birth and post-partum.
We discussed diet and supplementation (including what I am already doing and what more I could do), herbal medicines to try and acupuncture treatments as well. I have had acupuncture before for other reasons and I look forward to trying it again to see how it helps prepare my body for what’s to come.
I’ve still got plenty of preparations before the baby gets here but I’m happy to have a game plan in place. Having a healthy and positive labour experience is important to me. Visiting the naturopathic doctor has helped me realize I have remnant anxiety from Lucy’s birth and to work towards having a positive, healthy birth this time. It’s helped me to relax these last few weeks, wait patiently for the baby, focus on nesting and give Lucy lots of one-on-one time before her little sister gets here.