6 Doctor Recommended Herbs for Pregnancy

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Pregnancy Leave a Comment

Herbs can make a wonderful addition to your self care plan during pregnancy. In addition to delivering an array of nutrients, herbs can also help alleviate your mood, calm your nerves and even help you get better sleep! While not all herbs are not safe in pregnancy, the list below contains my 6 favorite pregnancy safe herbs that can help your …

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The Importance of a Healthy Gut in Pregnancy

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Pregnancy Leave a Comment

Many of my patients ask me what they can do to prepare for pregnancy. Surely there’s more to prepping your body than a simple prenatal vitamin? One area that can almost always use improvement (not just in aspiring mothers, but in most of the U.S. population), is a healthy gut. Age, antibiotics, stress, and diet can do a number on our …

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Breastfeeding: Censorship Not Required

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Breastfeeding, Postpartum Leave a Comment

Straight out to of the gate I want to say— This is my Opinion. You’ve likely found your way onto my blog because you are interested in learning more about your health and I want you to know that you will continue to find educational health posts on this site, but today, well today I just have to speak out …

Naturopathic Medicine in Oakland, California

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Adrenal, Autoimmune Disease, Gut-Hormone Connection, Postpartum, Preconception & Fertility, Pregnancy, Sex Hormones, Thyroid, What to Eat Leave a Comment

It is with great pleasure that I announce the opening of my new California Natural Medicine practice. I will be practicing Naturopathic Medicine in Oakland’s Grand Lake area beginning in September. My office is located on Grand Avenue in the same space as Awaken Chiropractic, a wonderful group of holistically minded practitioners. The space is beautiful, comfortable and family friendly. A …

3 Natural Ways to Heal After Vaginal Delivery

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Pregnancy Leave a Comment

Looking for natural ways to heal after vaginal delivery? You’re in the right place! Passing an 8 lb human through a small space will definitely cause some degree of trauma to the vaginal tissue. This can range from swelling to large tears of the tissue. While it is always important to follow your health care provider’s medical advice for your …

Free Class: Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Postpartum Leave a Comment

Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, June 20th, 6:00 pm at Milagros in NE Portland. Childbirth is one of the most amazing and demanding events a woman’s body can experience. In the days and weeks following the delivery of your baby it is important to take steps to optimize your healing. Postpartum care is not only important for mom’s health, but also your …

Are You Considering Probiotics for Your Baby?

Dr. Jolene BrightenPublished: Pregnancy Leave a Comment

While in your womb your baby’s gut is sterile, meaning there is no bacteria populating their gut. It is during vaginal birth that your baby is exposed to the first forms of bacteria that will take up residence in their gut. Since lactobacillus acidophilus is what primarily inhabits the vagina, this will most likely be the first gut bug that …