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How to Optimize Your Health in Pregnancy with Dr. Shelly Ordon, ND

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  • Canadian Association of Naturopathic Doctors

  • Ontario Association Of Naturopathic Doctors

  • College of Naturopaths of Ontario

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

In terms of caloric intake, a person only needs an extra 300 or 400 calories a day. My biggest thing when it comes to diet is to try to minimise prepackaged and processed foods. You’re only a human, so when you do eat something like that, acknowledge, accept and move on.

If you can adopt a Mediterranean diet, that’s the best because the Mediterranean diet is really well-studied. We know what’s really effective and great for fertility. It’s also great at maintaining and supporting pregnancy. With the Mediterranean diet, we’re not talking about removing and restricting anything. It’s centred around healthy fats and proteins, complex carbohydrates, and lots of fruits and vegetables.

When I work with my patients, I’ll tell them to do the plate method where one half is fruits and veggies; a quarter is a protein, and usually, where there is protein, there is healthy fat; and another quarter is complex carbs like quinoa, brown rice, sweet potato, etc.

In terms of diet, keep it really simple. Remove stuff like additives, preservatives, and food colouring dyes and eat whole foods as much as you can.

When it comes to liquids, make sure your urine looks pale yellow or clear. Then you know you’re drinking enough fluids. You don’t have to worry about getting eight cups in. Your body gives you the signs needed to know whether or not you’re getting enough. It’s really about becoming in tune with your body and fueling and nourishing it. Small changes make big differences.

A lot of people are concerned about gestational diabetes, especially if they want to have like a home birth. When you hear gestational diabetes, they often also talking about induction and for some people, that’s a big deal.

Going back to diet, I find that when eating more whole foods and following Mediterranean diet is great for blood sugar and cardiovascular health. Apart from what you eat, when you eat is also important. Consuming regularly spaced out meals, making sure you’re combining proteins with a carb or a fibre. Because proteins and fibre can reduce the overall glycemic load of a particular food which help stabilise blood sugar.

Exercise, even if it’s just walking can help stabilise blood sugar. Supplements are great, especially for patients that have had PCOS pre pregnancy. I might supplement with something like inositol or chromium. It’s important to get an assessment before you start off with supplements so you understand exactly whats going on. Managing stress is important too. When cortisol increases, it plays with blood sugar.

A prenatal is obvious. With prenatals, we want to look at medicinal ingredients and non medicinal ingredients. Today you can go to a health food store or online and lots of different products will come up. Learn how to read the ingredient list if you’re not working with a naturopath. It’s important to understand the different forms of vitamin and minerals, because they’re not all viable. They may be equally bioavailable but not equally absorbed. Make sure that there are no additives or dyes.

I love a good prenatal, a DHA like fish oil and a probiotic. Those are my most three commonly recommended supplements. Other supplements like magnesium, choline, akinesia are also common, but case dependant.


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Vaughan, ON, Canada

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Dr. Shelly Ordon, Naturopathic Doctor in Vaughan