Nutrition

Confessions from a Placenta Encapsulator

I have a confession to make.

I adore being a doula; I love birth, I love supporting and empowering women and families. I love the intensity, magic and power you feel in the birth room. The intimacy and sacredness, I am privileged to be a part of each time I attend a women in labour.

Cranbrook placenta encapsulationBut I confess I wasn’t so in to placentas. They were fascinating, definitely an important part of pregnancy but they weren’t my bag. Until…until I realized that women wanted to eat them. Women were looking for someone to help them take the placenta in it’s ewwey gooey form and make it into a neat, little, easily ingest-able supplement. I took my training because women were looking for help, they wanted this service. I started out doing it because the community called for it! Once I took my placenta encapsulation training I understood why women wanted this. The touted benefits list is pretty awesome:

  • Increased iron
  • Better milk production
  • Nicely balanced postpartum moods
  • More energy from all the B vitamins
  • Shorter postpartum bleeding phase
  • Less pain and easier recovery

Once you hear all that it seems like a no brainer.

Cranbrook placenta encapsulationNow….

Now I drive home with a placenta in my truck, giddy to open up the cooler and discover this placenta, this totally unique, beautiful little organ. I love tracking the stats, how much it weighs, if it’s got calcification, the colors, length of cord, how many pills it resulted in. It may seem weird and I totally give you that, you can put me in the weirdo category. But each one really does tell a story, and has a its own energy.

Some people say that every child is a twin and its placenta is it’s sibling, some people do placenta readings, and say that you can get an idea of the child’s personality from their placenta. That may sounds crazy but I get it, there is a special magnificence to these organs, one that people may never understand. But after you’ve handled hundreds of placentas you start to have their magic rub off on you. Processing a placenta becomes therapeutic, I get to honor the placenta and it’s part in the pregnancy, thank it for it’s work and send it on it’s way to continue to support mom and baby in the postpartum period. I get to bless each mother who entrusts her placenta to me and I put a little blessing in each pill, “peace, love, joy, good milk production, easy recovery, and good family bonding”. My gift to you! Now…. I love placentas!

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placenta encapsulation Kimberley, BC

I was so excited recently to get home and process this set of twins placentas. They were gorgeous!

 

Naturopathic Prenatal Care, Kimberley BC

I had the pleasure of meeting with Dr. Darcie Pawlick from Roots To Health, this past month to discuss her new prenatal care packages she’s just started offering! I’m so excited to share this news with local Kimberley & Cranbrook mamas as I’ve seen how well combining naturopathic/acupuncture care and modern prenatal care work together.

prenatal care Cranbrook, BCDr. Darcie has been practicing naturopathic medicine for three years and has always had a special interest in women’s health care; this past fall she took further training to become a naturopathic doula. Although she won’t be attending births at the moment, she is happy to announce her new prenatal services created specifically for women’s main health concerns during pregnancy.

Through diet and lifestyle counseling, botanical (herbal) medicine, supplements and acupuncture, Dr. Darcie can address symptoms such as:

  • anemia
  • nausea
  • fatigue
  • edema
  • constipation
  • adrenals

She can also work with you before your Group B strep test, and help with acupuncture to prepare your body in the late weeks of pregnancy for labour!

Check out the different packages available for your prenatal care, there’s something for every woman. Whether you’re looking for a few tips in one visit or you want to go all in, with the comprehensive multi-visit package with acupuncture until your due date.

One thing I really loved about Darcie, aside from her passion and love for what she does; was her dedication to providing evidence based care. This is a pet peeve of mine in the birth field so it cheered me to hear her speak of research documents on best practice and care! I’m really glad we made the connection and I know I’ll be sending lots of moms to visit her. I look forward to being able to work together with Dr. Darcie in providing women of the community with the best prenatal care available. And I hope in the future to be able to attend births with her, if her clients load allows.

Dr. Darcie is accepting clients at Roots to Health Clinic here in Kimberely and is also available Fridays by appointment in Cranbrook at Cranbrook Chiropractic and Wellness Center. 

 

Roots to Health
734 Rotary drive,
Kimberley, BC V1A 1E3
778-481-5008

Cranbrook Chiropractic
1516 6th St N,
Cranbrook, BC V1C 3M5
250-426–8792

Folic Acid in Pregnancy

Dear Mama’s,

Once a month I’m going to be filling you in on all the juicy details of a specific nutrient. What role it plays in fertility (his & hers) and pregnancy, how you can get more of it in your diet and maybe even a yummy recipe or two!
I’m going to start off with the pregnancy vitamin everyone knows the name of.

Folic acid
aka Folacin or Folate or the less commonly know Vitamin B9.

abbotsford nutritionist folic acidFolic acid is one of the most common vitamin deficiencies, caused by the poor standard American diet of today, and increased in those women who are on birth control. Your ability to absorb folic acid can be reduced by taking birth control, knowing this it is no wonder why it has been required to enrich cereal and grain products with folic acid.

It is often recommended to begin taking a prenatal vitamin before you become pregnant to increase the availability of all the essential nutrients for the growth of a healthy baby. Folic acid is in prenatal vitamins in varying amounts, taking prenatal vitamins or supplementing with B9 while still on birth control or in the months leading up to conception can counter the affects birth control can have on your folate levels. 200-600mcg is the recommended daily amount for women of childbearing age depending on diet. Folic acid doesn’t increase fertility, but it does give you proper levels needed in the early stages of pregnancy.

The reason Folic Acid is so important during pregnancy is that it’s role is fundamental in the growth and reproduction of all cells. Thus during pregnancy when you’re baby is undergoing rapid cell multiplication you want your levels to be optimal. B9 also plays a crucial role in the development of your baby’s nervous system, especially early in pregnancy when brain and spine development is underway. It is widely publicized for it’s prevention of neural tube defects such as anencephaly, encephalocele, and spina bifida as they are all know to be related to a deficiency in folic acid.

simple provisions kale saladFolic acid received it’s name from the Latin word folium, meaning “foliage” and as you maybe guessed folic acid is found naturally in your leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard, parsley and collard greens. It is found in other fresh, unprocesssed foods, including beets and beet green, broccoli, aspargus, squash, bell peppers, garbanzo beans, lentils and mung beans, fruits also contain folic acid, such as oranges, cantaloupe, banana, pineapple and many berries. As I mentioned above, in Canada all cereal and grain products are fortified with B9, hopefully now you feel more confident in how to incorporate it into your diet through a fresh source though. Enjoy & keep your levels up with a this delicious kale salad!

 

Prenatal Nutrition, You’re Worth the Effort!

Dear Mamas,

How are you doing in your relationship to food these days? With my husband being out of town for up to 4 weeks at a time I have found myself slacking off, I’ve been thinking, “What’s the point in making a big meal if no one is here to enjoy it?” This is a terrible train of thought. What’s the point? Geez! Me! I’m the point, my health is the point! I’m so worth a yummy delicious meal! And so are you!

Mamas, I know you have felt this way before, maybe not because you’re partner isn’t around but because you’re hungry all the time or the kids are! You’re tired! You don’t want to get up and make another meal, it feels like that’s all you ever do is cook food! I get it, some days I don’t want to set foot in the kitchen either! But here’s where we need to re-frame our thinking! That meal, which you don’t feel like making? That is your fuel! Through an incredible process, your body takes that food; and turns it into energy; it keeps you healthy, nourished and vibrant. The food you eat pretty much becomes the mood you’re in. Have you ever done a cleanse and noticed how ecstatic you feel a couple days into it; because, you haven’t been eating junk?! The food you eat is going to contribute to healthy fertile cycles; with eggs that are ready for action! A balanced diet, full of color and variety is going to give your baby all the hundreds of different vitamins, minerals, and proteins she needs to grow and develop, it’s going to keep your placenta working optimally and it’s going to give you the energy to make it through each long day!

abbotsford nutritionist cook booksSo look forward to meal prep, take it as self-care time, fill your kitchen with lavish foods to delight your tummy. Try out those items you’ve been curious about. Take the stress out of grocery shopping and sign up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box. Need inspiration? Buy yourself that cookbook you lust after. Make meal preparation easier by creating a meal plan and save money while you’re at it!

Seriously! Getting in the habit of eating well NOW, is going to set you up for life. No matter what stage you’re at, a balanced diet is going to improve your health and that of your families! Starting to make better food choices now will make it easier when your little ones arrive and you want to have nourishing wholesome options available to them. Now go forth mamas to your pantries and kitchens, with love and motivation, take hold of your shopping list and whip something up that you would be over-the-moon-excited to eat tonight!

Darla

What? You don’t where to start in order to turn your kitchen from a barren junk food waste land into a stunning encouraging environment? As a holistic nutritionist I would love nothing more than to see your kitchen transformed & your diet renewed! If this is you, let me know we can work together to make your dream pantry a reality!

It’s Spring & Time to Love Your Liver!

The following article is written by Magdalena Wszelaki (thyroid nutrition coach) and Josie Lincoln (detox expert), from the Thyroid Diet Coach.

Liver is the most underestimated organ which suffers in silence until it’s too late.

Have you ever wondered what your liver would say to you if it had a voice?  Most livers would have a lot to moan about given half the chance.  The truth is our livers almost always suffer in silence and rarely express their stress.  When they do, it often occurs in ways which we do not associate directly with this vital organ.  So, instead of making a big fuss the liver slowly starts to tire (sluggish liver) and this can have a massive affect on our overall health.  This may sound scary but the magical factor to remember is the liver has a miraculous ability to heal and regenerate when given the right conditions.  The good news is that taking a few simple steps makes the world of difference and it is within your power to make your liver smile again.

Keep reading loves…