Sadly, pregnancy and motherhood can become times that women are dismissed, not listened to, or told to squash their intuition by the medical sector. Many women can feel marginalized by their health care experiences around pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period.

Pregnancy and new motherhood are times of intense change and transformation in the body, brain, and mind. As any new mum will tell you, pregnancy and the postpartum period come with a whole host of changes and interruptions in the body’s many processes and systems and can impact everything from energy to gut health. Unfortunately, these changes and transformations are not often discussed in detail by most medical professionals. As a result, many women feel they are left to unravel the mysteries of these changes alone, which can make the changes and challenges more stressful to a great degree.

“In my pregnancy and throughout the postpartum period, I became even more aware of the lack of information available to women about this incredible but intense time in our lives. There is a real lack of evidence-based but natural perspectives on aspects of care, from nutrition, supplements, and mind-body strategies to caring for our little ones and ourselves after birth.

I became the go-to person for many of my fellow new mum friends who felt like they didn’t have anyone to turn to for their most burning questions. So I started to compile tips and tricks from top experts, the research and my own experiences and background in integrative and cannabinoid medicine. I’m now sharing all these things here with you!”

Dr Dani Gordon


The Resilience Medicine Approach to Motherhood

At Resilience Medicine, we believe that happy, sane mums make the best mums, and there is no way to parent that is right or wrong or suits everyone. So we love these things to support new and expecting mammas:

Foods

  • Intuitive nutrition – tuning into what foods your body may be craving as a clue-eg. dark and raw chocolate is high in magnesium and can impact your endocannabinoid and feel-good chemical system
  • Whole foods, organic where you can
  • avoid strict diets, dieting, or low-fat diets
  • mindful eating as a practice at meals
  • smaller, more frequent meals to help with gut processing with hormonal changes
  • nutrient-packed smoothies with things like hemp hearts, flaxseeds, berries, yogurts, nut butter, and spinach or a good greens powder
  • work on removing guilt around food and see food as positive nourishment for both mind and body
  • increase omega 3 sources from small fish (low mercury) and grass-fed meat in moderation

Supplements

  • high-quality pregnancy multivitamin
  • vitamin D
  • omega 3 high dose purified capsules from fish or algae
  • Most supplements have not been studied in pregnancy, so avoid unnecessary supplements and discuss with your doctor (ideally who is trained in integrative medicine too) which ones may be worth continuing. (In her pregnancy, Dr Dani took ashwagandha, liposomal glutathione, melatonin for sleep support, and reishi mushroom extract. These have not been extensively researched in pregnancy, so it is a very personal choice).

mind-body Tools

  • daily mini-meditation for stress reduction in pregnancy
  • while breast or bottle feeding baby, you can also make this a time for a loving-kindness meditation
  • pregnancy yoga with a qualified instructor
  • pelvic floor physiotherapist – in Dr Dani’s view, everyone needs one – no matter which way you birth your baby
  • walking and sitting in nature whenever possible
  • yoga Nidra recordings while in a comfortable resting position
  • pregnancy props and pillows for sleep and rest times

For support with birth and birth choices and perinatal mental health, Dr Dani recommends these expert Instagram accounts:

@Birthbetter @mummymayday

“‘Can’t your husband work instead? It’s not good for the baby.’ 

When I explained I wouldn’t be taking a whole year off, hearing this from my midwife was profoundly unhelpful. Over the last year, many new mums have reached out to me for support and advice in the weeks and months after their babies were born, instead of their own doctor or midwife. They felt that I was a doctor who could understand. Instead, they told me they felt ignored, judged, and unsupported, especially around breastfeeding or returning to work earlier than a year after giving birth.” 

Dr Dani Gordon, Founder of Resilience Medicine