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 …

How to Improve Egg Quality Naturally

Dr. Laura Wollman Fertility Comments

When couples are wishing to conceive there are many areas that I like to address to ensure they are doing everything possible to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Some of the things I might discuss relate to decreasing environmental chemical exposure, reducing inflammation, or tackling chronic health problems before pregnancy.   One of my main areas of focus is …

PCOS, Inflammation & Insulin

Dr. Laura Wollman Hormones Comments

  PCOS, inflammation and insulin have more in common than most women know. In my clinical experience, inflammation is often missed and goes unaddressed in women with PCOS.  This guest post is by Dr. Laura Wollman, my associate and the only doc to have been trained in my protocols. Dr. Wollman is sharing how we view PCOS treatment and prevention …

The Super Antioxidant Smoothie that Boosts Male Fertility

Dr. Laura Wollman Fertility Comments

An antioxidant rich diet can go a long way when it comes to male fertility. Today’s guest post by my associate, Dr. Laura Wollman, includes a delicious super antioxidant filled smoothie for future dads! Enjoy! Dr. Jolene Brighten Free Radicals & Fertility Free radicals, which are produced by the body and encountered in our environment, cause destruction to the cells …

Easy Detox Tool for Happy Hormones

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

Your body is a wondrous thing – constantly working to remove toxins and excess hormones, while converting the food you eat into nutrients that fuel every cell in your body There are natural detoxification pathways that help to process and clear exogenous chemicals, excess hormones, and cellular waste from the body. This is how the body avoids the buildup of …

9 Ways to Boost Progesterone & Your Fertility

Dr. Jolene Brighten Hormones Comments

You’re probably familiar with the symptoms: mood swings, anxiety, fatigue, low sex drive, and sleep disturbances. For some women, PMS hits the week before their period. For others, the symptoms are more erratic, seemingly lasting throughout the month. If this sounds like a normal month for you, we need to talk. First of all, feeling bad should never be considered …

Fertility—Why Holistic is Better

Dr. Jolene Brighten Fertility

Holistic: relating to or concerned with complete systems rather than with individual parts. Prior to the birth of my son I embarked on a year long journey to improve my health. I jokingly called it getting “pre-baby body ready.” My journey included optimizing nutrition, healing my gut, tending to my mental and emotional wellbeing, and facilitating my body’s ability to …

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 …