Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Thyroid disease after pregnancy may be the most overlooked and under diagnosed condition affecting new mothers. Taking a conservative estimate, we can expect 300,000-400,000 mothers to develop postpartum thyroid disease this year. That is 10% of all new moms. But some estimate it may be as high as 17%— and those are only the women who are being tested. Many other mothers …

A Special Gift Just for Moms

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility, Hormones, Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Mother’s Day is this weekend and in celebration of all mothers, I am sharing important information about health and nutrition that will support fertility, optimize pregnancy, help moms thrive in the postpartum healing and continue to support their health for many years to come. I compiled some helpful resources for you to implement or share with a mom you know! …

I’m Not a Mom: Here’s What I Did To Prepare For a Loved One’s Birth

Mallory Leone Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

This article is by guest author, Mallory Leone, NC.  Mallory Leone, NC is a nutrition consultant with certifications in holistic nutrition and sports and exercise. She is also trained in motivational interviewing and coaching techniques that change depending on her client’s individual needs. Mallory has been studying under Dr. Jolene Brighten since 2014 in Dr. Brighten’s unique approach to medicine, …

7 Things Medical School Didn’t Teach Me About Postpartum (And Your Doctor Probably Didn’t Share)

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum Comments

Any mom knows … motherhood is a crazy journey full of hard days, even harder laughter, and unexpected lessons learned along the way. I decided to write down some of what I experienced that medical school did not prep me for and the common concerns that many of my patients share with me (that is, once we close the office …

6 Ways to Support Your Adrenals After Baby

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum Comments

If there is one universal piece of advice that I give to all moms it is—Support Your Adrenals Postpartum! You may have been warned about the massive fluctuations in hormones after childbirth. The fallout from the rapid drop in estrogen and progesterone in the weeks following birth results in different symptoms for different women, but the biggies are changes in …

Postpartum Detox Body Scrub

Rachael Pontillo, M.Msc, CNAP, CIHC, LE Postpartum Comments

Guest Post by Rachael Pontillo of Create Your Skin Care There are many reasons for new moms to be tired and not feel their best after having a baby, whether it’s their first or fifth. Obviously lack of sleep and stress plays a big part, but increased hormone activity is also largely responsible as it affects emotions and also uses …

8 Ways to Eliminate Postpartum Depression and Be Free of “Mommy Brain”

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum Comments

Whether you’re experiencing brain fog (or “mommy brain”), fatigue, depression, or you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, I have some actionable tips to reduce inflammation and get your brain back! If you know my work, you know that I am a huge advocate for postpartum mothers. Many women will experience inflammation postpartum and, in some cases, struggle with the …

Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth— The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester

Dr. Jolene Brighten Autoimmune, Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

Today is the big day! Wahoo! The day my book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth— The New Mom’s Guide to Navigating the Fourth Trimester, is being birthed. This book was born out of my own heartache, struggles and my desire to prevent other mothers from having to experience the same. It wasn’t long after the birth of my son …

Optimal Health for New Moms on Thriving Force Radio

Dr. Jolene Brighten Postpartum, Pregnancy Comments

There is health and then there is optimal health. And what I want for each and every new mom is optimal health! And let’s be clear, I am NOT talking about the absence of disease— I am talking bursting with joy, thriving, feel’n like a million bucks and taking on the world kind of health. But sadly, this isn’t what …