Thyroid Disease After Pregnancy: Fatigue in the Fourth Trimester

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 …

Navigating Autoimmune Disease During Pregnancy

When my friend Joe Tatta asked me to share with his audience how to navigate autoimmune disease in pregnancy and postpartum, my answer was “of course!” This is a topic that I speak on often and one that I work with daily in my clinical practice. But it is also a topic that is near to my heart. A little …

A Special Gift Just for Moms

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

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, …

How Does Breastfeeding Shape Baby’s Gut Health & Immune System

The intricacies of the human body are vast. It’s only recently that we’re beginning to understand the true makeup of our microbiome and what these tens of trillions of microorganisms are capable of. Gut bacteria helps to shape and strengthen our immune systems over time and we’ve already found links between gut bacteria and mood disorders like depression and ADD. …

How to Heal your Gut Conditions While Pregnant in 6 Steps

Mothers and healthcare practitioners will agree— treating any infection or other illness while pregnant needs to be done safely. Specifically, with baby in mind. As a pregnant mother, you’re not just thinking about the effects of treatment and medications on your body. You’re worried about how it’s affecting the growing life inside you. To that end, I wrote up this blog …

Could Maternal Autoimmune Disease Cause Autism?

Maternal autoimmune disease, like Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, have been shown to increase the risk of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. There has been speculation about the connection between maternal autoimmune disease and the risk of autism in children, and a recent review of 9,775 cases and 952,211 controls in the scientific journal Behavioural Brain Research further highlights this connection.  While …

Optimal Health for New Moms on Thriving Force Radio

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 …