When I took my first DUTCH test, I was completely overwhelmed. I kept thinking:
- What does it mean?
- How does it connect?
- Have I always had this?
The truth is, it's overwhelming because it delves into so much more than your average lab job.
But the good news is that as a practitioner of functional diagnostic nutrition, I know how to read results and understand the importance of hormones before pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum health.
>> If you don't feel happy living with a symptom, examining your hormones may be the answer you are looking for! <
I know it was true for me, and it will be the same for you.
Since my first DUTCH test, I have been able to make connections with the symptoms in my body that have been around since I was growing up! It was the way my body spoke to me.
I'll walk you through what to look for before pregnancy, pregnancy, and postpartum when it comes to hormones.
>> I truly believe my health wouldn't be where it is today without understanding my hormone levels and what they mean to my health. <
But mom, I still remember that overwhelming feeling about taking that first step, and I want to help you through that process.
In this episode, I'll explain to you:
- What you can do to prepare for pregnancy
- How to reverse your symptoms before you get pregnant
- Overview of what happens to your hormones during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum
- Link your hormones to the symptoms that are occurring in the body
- Recommendations for additional postpartum support
Real Talk: This Episode Is About To Get Some Real Sciencey, so grab your pen and paper because I have a feeling you are going to be taking a lot of notes!
Since this subject is so complex, I want to give you the opportunity to apply for my 1: 1 coaching >>HERE<
If you are obsessed with what is best for your health and are passionate about learning something new about your body, apply for my 1: 1 coaching and be prepared to do more in-depth work to improve your skills. results.
I'm so excited to tell you about my newfound passion for hormones so you can get your health back and start doing what you love again. Are you ready? Click >>TO PLAY!<
The material it contains is provided for educational and informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. You should seek prompt medical attention for any specific health concerns and consult your physician before starting a new regiment or purchasing one or more products.
If you thought that being pregnant was a one way ticket to frumpsville - think again ! It’s time to embrace those extra curves and rock your bump. This is your opportunity to get creative with your clothes, and to create a look that will take you right through to the birth of your little one.
You may not remember the last time you saw your feet, but trust us, right now you look amazing, and it’s time to show the world !
Your changing body shape gives you free reign to try out a whole range of styles that you would never have considered BP ( before pregnancy ). Of course, it’s important to balance feeling comfortable with looking totally awesome, but by getting the basics right you’ll be rocking your own pregnancy style before you know it.
In recent years many more retailers have started stocking maternity ranges, so you can still shop your favourite brands such as H
The great thing about dressing your bump is that you don’t have to spend a fortune, a few key pieces will provide the foundation of your pregnancy look, and you can then build it up from there.
A comfortable pair of maternity jeans - there are some great ones on the market right now, choose from genres that go under your bump, or ones that go over it – these may make you feel like Simon Cowell, but you’ll be super comfortable, and no one else will know ! Darker coloured pantalons are great for both daytime, and for evenings out.
Maternity vest tops – these are worth grabbing in a few colours as you’re sure to wear them again and again throughout your pregnancy. As they keep your bump covered, they’re perfect for layering with favourite non-maternity items such as blazers and open shirts.
Put together an effortless weekend look by combining your maternity jeans with a black vest top, and then accessorise, accessorise, accessorise ! Add pops of colour with accessories such as circle scarves and chunky necklaces to pull your look together. Pair this with a blazer and pumps if you fancy looking a bit smarter, or stay casual with an open shirt over the top and your favourite trainers.
If you’ve always run scared of stripes, now’s the time to embrace them, they’ll look amazing on your bump. This is the time to show off your bump, and a tight, striped top or dress will do just that.
So that’s your causal wardrobe sorted, but how about work ? If you’re starting to panic on a Monday morning as you try on every item in your wardrobe to find something to wear that not only fits, but is also suitable for work, we can help.
Pencil skirts are your new BFF, well at least for pregnancy anyway. These beauties will keep you covered up, avantager your bump, and you’ll look amazing wearing it. Simplify getting ready for work even more by opting for a pencil dress, that way you don’t even need to worry about matching it with a top – sorted !
Wearing wrap dresses, and jumper dresses is also a great way to combine looking smart at work, but staying comfortable.
Planning a night out, but have no clue what to wear ? If in doubt, keep it simple. In the photo above Giovanna Fletcher is off to meet Prince Charles, and looks amazing in a black dress and black pumps. As stunning as her outfit is we’re pretty sure it must be very comfortable too, and if that’s good enough to wear to meet royalty, it’s definitely acceptable to wear on a night out with our friends.
Of course, one of the most important parts of your pregnancy wardrobe is an item that won’t be on display, that’s right it’s the humble maternity bra. The importance of this essential bit of kit is not to be underestimated, especially as it’s not just your bump that will be growing bigger !
A well fitted, comfortable maternity bra will keep you supported, without digging into you. During pregnancy underwired bras are not recommended, so having the right support is even more important. Don’t forget to get measured regularly, as your bra size is likely to increase a few times during your pregnancy. Whatever your maternity style, the main thing to consider is how you feel in what you’re wearing, if it makes you feel good, and it’s comfortable then go for it.