If you’re reading this because you’re expecting, congratulations! This is such an exciting time in your life and we are so happy for you. As perinatal specialists, we also know that often with the joy of becoming pregnant, you, like most new parents, may also be feeling at least a bit of fear and anxiety over the addition of a child to your family, especially if this is your first child. Even if you’ve had a child before, you may still have some of the same fears and questions, as no two pregnancies are the same!
Some of the common questions that new parents may have include:
- When will my morning sickness end?
- What should I be eating to ensure my baby’s health?
- Are there any exercises I should be doing?
- Will my (family’s) medical history affect my newborn child?
- What can I do to feel my best during my pregnancy and give myself the best possible birth?
If you have asked yourself any of these questions, you are far from being alone. Thankfully, there are places here in the Greater Toronto Area where you can not only get all the answers to your questions but also get professional care and advice throughout your pregnancy.
What Is A Prenatal Clinic or Postpartum Clinic?
As its name suggests, a Prenatal Clinic and Postpartum Clinic is a facility that offers healthcare, support and information to mothers throughout pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Here, you will be in the hands of compassionate, experienced professionals whose entire focus is you and your pregnancy – helping to ensure you are feeling your best.
Personalised pregnancy care goes far beyond your regular ultrasounds and your daily prenatal vitamins. You also need to prepare your mind and body for the huge change it's going to go through. Here at West End Mamas, our clinics and practitioners in Toronto and Newmarket take a holistic approach towards antenatal care. From chiropractic care to pelvic floor physio, from mental health support to naturopathy, we have in-house practitioners with diverse backgrounds and clinical practices that can diagnose and treat the many conditions which may occur during your pregnancy. A one-stop shop for perinatal care, all of our services are offered under one roof.
Like many prenatal and postpartum care centres, we also offer services such as lactation and breastfeeding support, prenatal yoga classes, and psychotherapy and counselling. What differentiates us is that we’re not just a prenatal care centre. We also offer treatments for your postpartum issues such as pelvic floor problems, back pain, postpartum mood changes, and so much more.
Prenatal and Postnatal Benefits
Most pregnancy and postpartum clinics offer a variety of services to assist with pain and discomfort during pregnancy and hopefully assist with having a better birth outcome. Any mother who has recently given birth is likely only too happy to tell you all about the pain and soreness that they had to deal with on some days, and the sluggishness and mood swings that they felt on other days.
Thankfully, most prenatal and postnatal centres offer a variety of approaches to help with all of the aches, pains, and mood issues that may accompany pregnancy and postpartum.
Many centres offer pelvic floor physiotherapy, osteopathy, acupuncture, and registered massage therapy, among other things, to relieve you of the aches and pains, and even the incontinence that may accompany life with a new baby. Naturopaths, lactation consultants, psychotherapists, and baby-wearing experts can also support you in making key decisions about your postpartum care, including how to support your body's nutritional and mental health needs.
Many pregnancy and postpartum centres also have in-house counsellors and psychiatrists to support women who experience anxiety and “baby blues”. While baby blues are common, it’s important to be mindful to make sure it doesn’t progress to postpartum depression or anxiety. A good pregnancy care clinic watches out for risks and signs for you, helping you and your little one adjust to this new phase of your lives.
Who Are Prenatal Clinics For?
You should visit a Prenatal Clinic or Postpartum Clinic today if:
- You recently found out that you are pregnant and you don’t have a clue about what to do.
- You are pregnant and need support for the various symptoms you're experiencing
- You are dealing with pains and stiffness all over your body
- You recently gave birth but you have been feeling down and upset for the last few weeks.
- You want to prepare yourself (mentally and physically) for pregnancy.
Like many other prenatal clinics, West End Mamas Toronto offers a safe space for women to receive nonjudgmental pregnancy care along with helpful treatments that keep both mother and baby feeling and growing their best.
Clients are welcome to visit the centre at any time in their pregnancy, from the very early days, right up until that baby is due (and beyond!).
Many Prenatal Clinics, including ours, also welcome couples who have difficulty conceiving. Couples are equipped with helpful advice, treatments and practices that can help address fertility issues and decrease the chances of miscarriage.
6 Reasons To Book Prenatal or Postpartum Care Today
Preparing For Childbirth
As we have established, good prenatal care is the key to a healthy pregnancy, labour, and birth. In addition to helping their patients feel their best during the pregnancy, most clinics will also provide new mothers helpful advice on how to nurture their newborn baby in the first few months.
Relieving Pain & Stiffness
Even though women are biologically built for birth, this doesn’t mean that pregnancy is necessarily pain-free and comfortable for all birthing people. Common issues during pregnancy include back pain, exhaustion, joint aches, tired arms and legs, and incontinence. With the help of acupuncturists, pelvic floor physios, chiropractors, massage therapists, and more — you can get help and start feeling better immediately.
Birth doulas fill a unique role during birth, by being there to support the birthing person in all of the non-medical aspects of having a baby. They will ensure that your birth plan is complete, assist the birthing person to advocate for themselves and their wishes during birth, and will likely come equipped with tips and tricks to assist in helping birth go more smoothly for both parents. The doula will reaffirm your birth plans and support you throughout the entire duration of your labour and delivery.
A postpartum doula provides support for both mother and baby. They help the mother take care of her baby and adjust to her new life after childbirth and may even lookout for any signs of postpartum depression and anxiety. Many Prenatal Clinics offer professional doulas that are ready to stand by your side in the delivery room when the time comes. All you need to do is choose the right one for you.
Breastfeeding is not as straightforward as we think it is. It can be painful, your baby might not be latching properly, your baby might not be able to remove milk from the breast, and more.
Many pregnancy clinics have in-house lactation consultants who will assist you with breastfeeding and in making sure your child is getting the nutrients they need. In fact, if you book a lactation consultant through West End Mamas, they can even come to your home in Toronto instead of you coming to our centre!
Giving birth is really just the beginning for expectant parents. Care centres like ours in Toronto recognize that nobody is born a parent, which is why we conduct parenting classes and seminars that teach parents everything from carrying their babies properly to starting their little ones on solids, and even helping them sleep at bedtime.
For both expecting mothers and postpartum mamas, yoga is a great way to improve flexibility, mobility and even in helping to reduce pain during pregnancy. Practising yoga helps an expectant mother to consciously integrate the mental, emotional and physical changes they are experiencing throughout her pregnancy. Here at West End Mamas, we have both prenatal and postpartum yoga classes with online virtual classes!
A pregnancy care centre offers comprehensive wellness services tailored to mothers, expectant mothers, and their children. Our centres in Toronto and York region provide unconditional pregnancy care and support to women from all walks of life. Contact us now to find out how we can help you feel your very best.
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