Perinatal Health & Lactation
It has become evident from research studies that the nutritional and psychological environment during development can alter a baby’s genes permanently, impacting their disease risk, immune system and overall health.
Not surprisingly, what we eat can have a big influence on how our body operates. This includes our sleep patterns, energy levels, ability to manage stress and our hormonal balance. These factors of health are incredibly important when trying to conceive because they all play a role in our fertility.
Nutrition and caring for yourself continue to matter throughout pregnancy and your postpartum journey. Not only will they help you nourish a healthy baby, but they will also improve your own wellbeing and transition as a parent.
At Integrative Therapy of Nashville, Perinatal Health & Lactation is part of the Holistic, Whole Person approach to women’s wellness. We provide a holistic treatment plan that addresses biological, psychological and nutritional aspects of a woman’s life and functioning. The goals of treatment are individualized to meet each client’s needs and to achieve wellness. Perinatal & Pregnancy is an important time for women to focus on their wellness, and is most effective when combined with lifestyle factors such as nutrition, exercise, healthy coping skills and positive social support.
Common Issues Related to Perinatal Health & Lactation
The process of growing and birthing another human can take a toll on your mind and body. Making sure you are well nourished is key to entering into motherhood healthy and strong.
Breastfeeding Challenges such as:
- Milk supply
- Nipple/breast pain
- Pumping and planning for your return to work
- Infant Food Allergies
Other challenges such as:
- Gestational Diabetes (GDM)
- Difficulty eating and GI Discomfort (nausea, vomiting, constipation, microbiome changes, etc.)
- Hormone Imbalances
- Energy and Mood Depletion
- Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
- Anxiety about returning to work
- Eating Disorder recurrence and body image issues
- And More