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  • Writer's pictureJaime Heer, FNTP

Navigating Your Postpartum Journey

Your postpartum journey is a time of profound transformation, filled with both joys and challenges. However, in today's current healthcare landscape, mothers often face a significant gap in support during this critical time. After experiencing this deficit firsthand, Dr. Michelle Cardénas was inspired to bridge this gap. She, along with the entire OIM Team are dedicated to providing comprehensive support that empowers mothers to thrive during this time of healing and adjustment.

Common postpartum concerns that we address include: 

  • Fatigue & restoring energy levels

  • Postpartum depression and anxiety

  • Stress and adrenal fatigue

  • Nutrient deficiencies

  • Thyroid dysfunction

  • Hemorrhoids and constipation

  • Autoimmune conditions

  • Pelvic floor dysfunction/incontinence

Dr. Michelle Cardénas
Dr. Michelle Cardénas

Dr. Cardénas offers a compassionate and holistic approach to postpartum care. Her mission includes helping parents to prioritize the pillars of their own health and well-being (sleep, hydration, diet, mindset and movement)  as they navigate parenthood.  She works closely with each of her patients to develop a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs and goals.

Here are 5 Tips for Nurturing Postpartum Health:

1.) Focus on getting adequate protein: Breastfeeding moms need an additional 20-25grams of protein per day with a minimum of 75-100grams per day (depending on activity level and body size).

  • pasture raised eggs, poultry & pork

  • grass-fed/finished meat, lamb & bison

  • wild caught fish and seafood

  • sprouted nuts, seeds & nut butters

  • sprouted beans and lentils

  • organic tofu and tempeh (*avoid if non-organic)

2.) Stay hydrated: Ensuring proper hydration is crucial for overall well-being, particularly during the demanding period of new parenthood. Adequate water intake supports balanced mood, energy levels, digestion, quality sleep and so much more. If you're breastfeeding, aim to drink at least 100 ounces of water daily. Additionally, enhance your water with electrolytes by adding a pinch of unrefined salt  or electrolyte powder to optimize hydration and mineral levels.

mom's doing yoga with babies

3.) Incorporate movement: Engage in moderate movement activities such as walking, at home yoga or Baby & Me Pilates to enhance your mood, elevate energy levels, and bolster self-confidence. Strive for 30 min, 3-5x per week. Go easy on yourself if you aren't consistent and approach each day at your own pace. Remember it's about progress, not perfection.

4.) Discover your support network: The journey of new motherhood can often feel isolating and daunting. To combat this, actively seek out companionship and assistance from fellow parents. Whether it's joining a mommy group, participating in library story times, or befriending nearby neighbors, connecting with others who share similar experiences can provide invaluable support and companionship as you navigate the challenges and joys of parenthood.

5.) Work with a medical provider who healthcare professional knowledgeable about postpartum well-being: Partnering with a caring and experienced medical provider for personalized laboratory assessments and treatment strategies can aid in restoring your health after childbirth.

If you or someone you know is in need of postpartum support, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to help you thrive during this special time.

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