Morning sickness can be so incredibly debilitation and for some women, e.g. with hyperemesis gravidarum (HG), it can be worse than childbirth itself! Some tips to manage morning sickness include...
CANDIDA AND THRUSH
Thrush is a super common women’s health complaint. It’s caused by an overgrowth of Candida albicans, a type of fungus, which can happen when there is too little other beneficial bacteria (probiotics) such as Lactobacillus to help keep the levels in check. The vaginal ecosystem should be dominant in Lactobacillus, which keeps the vaginal pH acidic, to keep other problem causing microbes at bay.
PRETERM PREMATURE RUPTURE OF MEMBRANES (PPROM)
Preterm premature rupture of membranes (PPROM) is a complication that can arise in pregnancy. When it happens, the aminonic membrane (the sac) surrounding the baby breaks (ruptures) before 37 weeks of pregnancy. Once the sac breaks, there is an increased risk of infection.
COMING OFF THE PILL (WITHOUT CAUSING ACNE)
When we cease taking the pill there can be a flare up of androgens, which are male-type hormones such as testosterone. When coming off the pill we want to lower our production of androgens as this is what can cause post-pill acne.
HUMAN PAPILLOMA VIRUS (HPV)
Human papilloma virus (HPV) is the reason women undergo pap smears or smear testing. HPV is a common virus which can reside in the cervix, and if it stays there for long enough, can result in cervical cell changes (CIN) and eventually can result in cervical cancer.
METHYLATION, HORMONES + MOOD
Methylation is a process which you may or may not have heard about. It is the act of donating a methyl group from one compound to another compound, altering the chemical structure and changing it into something else. This process is happening in all of our bodies, all of the time.
ADAPTOGENS FOR STRESS MANAGEMENT
Adaptogens are a class of herbal medicine which help the body deal with stress. Adaptogens have been used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines for centuries to promote health, wellbeing and longevity.
HAVE YOU BEEN TOLD YOUR BLOOD TESTS ARE FINE, BUT YOU DON’T FEEL FINE?
I have had hundreds of conversations with people who are exhausted but have been told that their blood tests are "fine", yet they are experiencing symptoms of fatigue, anxiety, subfertility, constipation, acne, hair loss, and more. Are your test results really fine?
ARE YOU GETTING ENOUGH IODINE?
Iodine is an essential mineral which is most commonly known for its involvement in thyroid hormone production. It is also critical for oestrogen metabolism, breast health, ovulation, progesterone production, pregnancy and lactation. Iodine is crucial for human health, and though we only need small amounts of it, deficiency is common.
Endometriosis is a whole-body inflammatory disease, it is not just a reproductive disorder. The average time taken from the onset of symptoms to a diagnosis of endometriosis is 7-10 years. Unfortunately, this means there are many people walking around with undiagnosed endometriosis.