Month: June 2020

June 1, 2020
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You could not have predicted your baby would be born during a global pandemic.

Would you have done things differently had you known?

Pregnancy is full of uncertainty in the best of times – especially if you are a brand new mom or expecting your first child.

Having lots of questions goes with the territory.

Dr. Nicole Lewis is a naturopathic doctor at Wholeness Center who is available to support you throughout your pregnancy and beyond – both mentally and physically. She specializes in the health of women and children. She is passionate about supporting women through their pregnancies and beyond.

During this time, it is important to get your information from trusted sources.

Here is what Dr. Nicole has to say about pregnancy and motherhood:

First and foremost, the best way to manage your pregnancy is by staying on top of the things you can control.

Don’t worry.

It is important to stay positive about giving birth and let go of fear. Fear brings on a fight or flight response which is not healthy for you or your baby. Staying present in your mind and body helps you deal with the reality of your pregnancy. It’s never good to avoid or make up situations about your circumstances.

Dr. Nicole suggests focusing on these 3 things to manage your stress level during pregnancy:

ExerciseThe important thing is to listen to your body. It is possible that you can continue exercising the way you did before you were pregnant. If you need to modify your routine, do it! But it is okay to maintain an activity level during pregnancy.

DietMake the healthiest food choices available to you. At this time, access to healthy foods might be more difficult. Make sure you give your body lots of protein.

Sleep – During normal times, your body can use at least 7 hours of restful sleep each night. But you are growing a human. Make sure you practice excellent sleep hygiene and prepare to wind down before bed. Turn down your lights, think about the things you are grateful for and practice deep breathing exercises.

Dr. Nicole knows, from experience, once you get home with your baby, different feelings start to kick in.

Are you worried about social isolation as a new mom?

Think of this time with your new baby as the silver lining to the pandemic. You have the opportunity to be safer at home with your baby – a dedicated time to get to know yourself and that little one.

As a mother with two young children at home, Dr. Nicole has had to get out of her comfort zone during the pandemic. She is literally practicing what she preaches – by doing the hard work of letting go of the things that are out of her control.

This knowledge she is practicing at home, also carries over into her practice with new and expecting mothers.

Self-care is key to dealing with times of uncertainty – pregnancy is no exception.

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Want to learn more?

Dr. Nicole Lewis has a general family practice, seeing patients of all ages with both chronic and acute concerns. She was trained in the use of supplements, herbal medicine, homeopathy, IV therapy and nutritional therapy. She also enjoys helping people on their weight loss journey and has additional training in the hCG protocol.  Dr. Nicole is a certified Doula.

Please contact the Wholeness Center if you have questions about pregnancy, child birth and beyond. If you live in the Northern Colorado/ Ft. Collins area and would like to learn more about the innovative programs the Wholeness Center has to offer, please call 970-221-1106 or email info@wholeness.com.