New Mom Naturopath: postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, newborn milestones, breastfeeding tips, extreme fatigue

Are you a new postpartum mom struggling to find yourself amid extreme fatigue and sleep deprivation? Do you find yourself rocking your baby late at night, googling to see if your baby’s sleeping, eating, and pooping are “normal” - and finding yourself even more confused? Do you worry that you’re doing everything wrong as a new mom and wish you could trust that you are the best mom for your baby? You’re in the right place. Say goodbye to the late-night panic searches about sleep patterns and nursing questions, and welcome to the New Mom Naturopath podcast! In this podcast, we’ll explore how to find - and feel like - yourself again in the busy, beautiful world of being a new mom. I’ll answer your postpartum questions about sleep patterns, nursing and feeding, caring for your baby, yourself, and your needs. I am Dr. Kailyn Galloway, a mom and naturopath who loves everything postpartum. My son was diagnosed with clubfeet while I was pregnant. He was a healthy baby, but my postpartum experience was nothing like I thought it would be. Despite my education, I still felt anxious about whether I could be the mom my son needed me to be. To find peace, I tried everything - researching, meditating, and journaling. No matter what I did, I worried I wasn’t enough. But here’s the thing: postpartum anxiety is a reality for many, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. You’re not alone. Through focusing on my mental health, doing lots of research, and trial and error, I was able to create a practical plan for post-baby life that worked for me. And now I’m excited to share it with you! If you want to feel calmer, more patient, and confident as a mom... If you’re interested in practical stress-reduction techniques that fit your hectic schedule… If you want to understand your body’s changes in postpartum, use that to be more energetic and attentive… Then you’ve found your sanctuary in the New Mom Naturopath podcast. Grab a snack and lots of water—nursing cover optional—and let’s discover how to be the mom you’ve always wanted to be.

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Episodes

2 days ago

Show Notes for Episode 87: 3 Things to Do When You Are Nap Trapped as Anxious Postpartum Mom
Welcome back, wonderful moms! Today’s episode tackles a topic that I know resonates deeply with many of you: feeling "nap trapped" during those precious yet challenging moments when your baby is asleep, and you're caught between the need to rest and a whirlwind of tasks. If you’ve ever felt stuck and anxious during these times, this episode is crafted just for you.
Introduction to Being Nap Trapped:
It’s common to feel trapped or immobilized while your baby naps. You might be physically restricted under a sleeping baby, or feel like you can’t move around much for fear of waking them. This can often amplify postpartum anxiety as you’re torn between resting and tackling an ever-growing to-do list.
Here’s What We’ll Explore Today:
Optimize Your Feeding/Nursing Station: I'll share tips on how to set up a nursing or feeding station that ensures everything you need is within reach. This setup minimizes stress and maximizes efficiency, allowing you to relax a little while your baby sleeps.
Meditation Techniques: Incorporating meditation can significantly help manage anxiety. I’ll guide you through simple meditation techniques that you can do in a quiet moment, which are perfect for calming the mind and easing the tension of being nap trapped.
Embrace Learning: Being home with a baby doesn’t mean putting your personal growth on hold. We’ll talk about how you can use this time to learn something new—be it through a podcast, an audiobook, or an online course. This can be a wonderful way to redirect your mind and engage in something productive.
Bonus Tip - Finding 'You' Time:
Finding time for yourself might seem impossible in postpartum life, but it's crucial for your mental health. I’ll discuss how to find small pockets of 'you' time, even if it's just a few minutes to sip a cup of tea or read a page of a book.
Wrap-Up and Invitation to Our Community:
We’ll summarize today's insights and invite you to join our Facebook group where we continue these discussions. It’s a place to share experiences, seek advice, and find support from fellow moms who truly understand what you’re going through.
You’re doing an incredible job, and while being nap trapped can be challenging, it also offers an opportunity to slow down and care for yourself. Remember, taking care of your baby includes taking care of yourself.
Thanks for joining today. Don’t forget, you're not alone in this journey—we’re here to support you every step of the way. Until next time, take care of yourself and your little one.Interested in New Mom Anxiety relief sessions? Visit Click Here for New Mom Anxiety relief sessions. (First 5 people can use the code FIRST5 get $297 off their first session!) 

6 days ago

Show Notes for Episode: Embracing Imperfection: The Real Reasons You Feel Overwhelmed as a New Mom
Hello, amazing moms! Welcome to today’s episode where we dive deep into the emotional rollercoaster that is the postpartum period. If you’ve ever felt like you’re just not cut out for this, or if every little cry from your baby sends you into a spiral of self-doubt, this is the episode for you.
Introduction to Postpartum Overwhelm: Postpartum isn’t just about physical recovery; it’s a profound emotional journey too. You spent your pregnancy worried about labor, and now, faced with a baby who needs you relentlessly, it's easy to feel like you’re failing at the most basic tasks.
Personal Story: I’ll share a poignant moment from my own life, walking into Target with my newborn son. His casts were clearly visible, and I felt every stare as a dagger of judgment. What I thought was best for my baby seemed to invite silent criticism, magnifying my deepest fear—that I wasn’t cut out for motherhood.
Navigating Early Motherhood Challenges:
The constant touching and lack of personal space.
The sleepless nights and unending tears (from both you and your baby).
The societal pressure to make all the right choices from day one.
Key Questions Every New Mom Faces:
Decisions about returning to work and choosing the right daycare.
Debates over healthcare choices like vaccinations and selecting a pediatrician.
Concerns about relationship dynamics post-baby and introducing solid foods.
The Core of Our Overwhelm: It’s the fear of imperfection. The anxiety that every decision might be a misstep. But here’s what we need to understand—feeling overwhelmed is not only normal, it’s expected.
Empowering Message: You are supposed to mess up. It’s part of the process, and it’s how we learn, grow, and become better parents. Today, we’ll explore why embracing these imperfections not only alleviates our stress but also enriches our journey through motherhood.
Closing Thoughts: Join me as we tackle these hard topics with compassion and honesty. It’s time to shed the unrealistic expectations and embrace the beautifully messy reality of being a new mom. You’re doing an amazing job, and you’re exactly the mom your baby needs.
Tune in to unravel the complexities of postpartum life and discover how to find peace and confidence in the chaos. Let’s learn together how to forgive ourselves for our imperfections and celebrate the small victories every day.

Monday May 13, 2024

Show Notes for Episode 85: Diaper Dilemmas? Everything You Didn't Know You Needed to Ask
Hello to all the amazing moms tuning in! Ever feel like you're supposed to magically know everything about handling newborns the moment you become a parent? Well, today we’re breaking down one of those supposedly "simple" tasks that turns out to be anything but: diapers. That’s right, we're answering all those diaper-related questions you might be too embarrassed to ask because, honestly, no one expects you to know all this stuff right off the bat.
Introduction to Diaper Basics: Diapering can seem straightforward until you're a few days in with a newborn. Suddenly, there are so many questions: What type of diapers should I buy? How do I ensure a good fit? And yes, the big one—what do I do about nighttime changes?
Personal Story: When I was a new mom, I thought diapers would be the least of my worries amid nursing, sleep deprivation, and decoding baby milestones. But as it turns out, even "simple" things can get complicated. Today, we'll unpack these everyday challenges and share some practical tips.
Key Diapering Tips:
Choosing the Right Diaper: We'll discuss what to consider when picking out diapers for your little one, from absorbency to material.
Ensuring a Good Fit: A well-fitting diaper can prevent a lot of common issues. I'll tell you what signs to look for to make sure the diaper fits just right.
Handling Nighttime Diaper Changes: To change or not to change in the middle of the night? That's a big question. I'll share insights on how to decide what's best for your baby and your sleep.
Recognizing When It’s Time for a Change: Learn to identify tell-tale signs that it's time for a fresh diaper before discomfort or a rash sets in.
Preventing and Treating Diaper Rash: I’ll offer some tried and tested tips to keep your baby's bottom happy and rash-free.
Special Note: Remember, what worked for me might not work for everyone. The key is to try different things and find what feels right for you and your baby. Trust your instincts—they're usually right on.
Bonus Tip: And because I can't resist sharing personal favorites, I’ll let you in on why Kirkland diapers have ended up being my go-to choice.
Whether you're a first-time parent or just looking for a refresher, this episode is packed with foundational knowledge and handy tips to help you navigate the diaper stage with a bit more confidence.
Closing Thoughts: Diapering is just one part of the incredible journey of parenthood. While it might seem overwhelming at times, you're doing an incredible job. Keep exploring, learning, and trusting yourself. You've got this, mama!

Thursday May 09, 2024

Introduction to Oversupply:
It’s common to stress over every drop of milk you produce. Watching those pumping sessions closely and seeing only a few ounces can be disheartening, especially when it feels like everyone else has a freezer full of milk. You might think having an oversupply would make life easier, but let's unpack why it can actually be quite the opposite.
I personally had a significant oversupply, and trust me, it was nothing short of chaotic. It was messy—milk leaked on everything all the time, leading to constant discomfort and a never-ending laundry pile.
The Downsides of Having Too Much Milk:
The Mess Factor: 
Increased Risk of Clogged Ducts: 
Greater Susceptibility to Mastitis: 
Reducing milk supply intentionally can be a delicate and frustrating process. I'll discuss some strategies that might help, but remember, it's often a trial-and-error journey.
While it might seem like having an excess of milk would ease all your breastfeeding woes, the reality can be much more complicated. Today's talk is all about shedding light on the less-discussed aspects of having too much milk and offering support and understanding to those who are experiencing these challenges.
If you're struggling with oversupply or just curious about the realities behind it, this episode is meant to provide you with insights and hopefully some relief in knowing you're not alone in this.
Thank you for tuning in. Remember, every mother's journey is unique, and while challenges can arise, you are doing an incredible job. Keep going, and know that we’re here to support you every step of the way. Until next time, take care of yourself and your little one!
 
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Monday May 06, 2024

Show Notes for Episode 82: Feeling Overtouched, Mama? 4 Tips to Recover from Postpartum Sensory Overload Fast!
Today, we’re diving into a topic that so many of us struggle with but often don’t talk about enough: feeling overtouched. 
It's a real challenge, especially in the early weeks of motherhood when your personal space seems like a distant memory. If you're finding yourself overwhelmed by constant crying, constant nursing, and never having your own space, then this episode is for you! 
Motherhood brings countless joys, but it can also introduce an intense level of physical contact that might leave you feeling drained or even claustrophobic. Whether it's the endless holding, the non-stop nursing, or just the need to have a moment to yourself, sensory overload is valid and manageable.
Four Calming Strategies:
Meditation
Gratitude
Creative Distractions
Stepping Out
These approaches helped me navigate those tough times, and I hope they offer you some comfort too. If you're feeling like you're losing yourself to the demands of new motherhood, this episode is your gentle reminder that your feelings are valid and that there are ways to reclaim your space, mentally and physically.
Remember, taking care of your baby includes taking care of yourself. Finding small ways to restore your personal boundaries is not just okay; it’s necessary. Tune in as we explore these four simple yet effective strategies to help you manage the feeling of being over-touched. 
Join us and discover how to find your calm amidst the chaos. You’re doing an amazing job, mama, and you deserve all the support to feel like yourself again.
Take advantage of these practical tips that could bring you peace amid motherhood's everyday challenges. Click play, and let’s find that peace together.
 
Introducing the Reduce your Anxiety in Postpartum: A postpartum support group! 
Join by clicking this link here! Or visiting me at www.kailyngalloway.com/community

Thursday May 02, 2024

Show Notes for Episode 82: Taylor Swift's "Tortured Poets Department" and Postpartum Depression
Today's episode we are going to cave into the pop-culture pressure and talk about the song “Fortnight”  from Taylor Swift's latest album, which intersects with the emotional complexities of postpartum depression. The song "Fornite unexpectedly echoes many new moms' sentiments during the challenging postpartum period.And let’s be real, I know with 10000% certainty that Taylor Swift did not have the intention of this interpretation, but as She says, the song is now ours… So I am making it mine! 
Episode Overview:
Join us as we delve into the parallels between the lyrics of " Fortnight l" and the emotional rollercoaster of new motherhood. Though not a typical interpretation, the song's themes struck a chord with me, reminding me of the deep, sometimes hidden struggles of postpartum depression.
Closing Thoughts:
This episode highlights the power of music and art in understanding and coping with postpartum depression. Remember, it's okay to acknowledge the hardships and seek help. You are not alone in this journey.
 
Join Our Community:
Connect with other moms by joining our Facebook community linked down below! Share your experiences, find support, and know you're part of a community that understands exactly the struggles postpartum brings! Join us here at: www.facebook.com/groups/newmomnaturopath
Feedback and Support:
If this episode resonates with you, please share it with someone who might be going through a similar experience and consider leaving us a review on Apple Podcasts.
Thank you for listening, and don't forget to take a moment for yourself today—you deserve it! Join us next time on the New Mom Naturopath Podcast for more insights and support.

Monday Apr 29, 2024

Show Notes for Episode 81: Am I Making Enough Milk? How to Calm Your Anxiety About Your Breastfeeding and Milk Supply
Hello, wonderful moms! Welcome back to our podcast. If you've ever found yourself worrying about your milk supply and whether your baby is getting enough to eat, you're not alone. Many new mothers experience these concerns, and today, we're here to explore some gentle, effective ways to manage this common anxiety.
Understanding the Worry: It's natural to feel anxious about breastfeeding, especially when it comes to your baby's nourishment. Let’s delve into why these feelings are so prevalent and what we can do to address them.
A Peek at Today's Insights:
Monitoring Techniques: We'll discuss a simple method that can help reassure you about how much milk your baby is consuming.
Relaxation Strategies: Discover how integrating mindfulness into your routine can transform your breastfeeding experience.
The Dynamics of Milk Supply: Gain insight into the natural ebb and flow of milk production and what to expect as your baby grows.
Interpreting Baby's Signals: Learn to trust the natural indicators that your baby is thriving and well-fed.
Empowering Knowledge: We’ll hint at some valuable resources and past episodes that can further educate and empower you in your breastfeeding journey.
Wrap-Up: Join us for a discussion designed to ease your mind and strengthen your confidence in breastfeeding. You're doing a fantastic job, and with a bit of knowledge and support, you can enjoy this precious time with your baby to the fullest.
Thanks for joining us today. Remember, you're not navigating this alone—we're here to support you every step of the way. Until next time, keep nurturing both yourself and your little one.

Thursday Apr 25, 2024

Show Notes for Episode 80: 3 Creative Ways to Have Newborn Tummy Time Without the Tears
Hey there, beautiful mamas! Welcome back to our cozy corner where we navigate the joys and challenges of motherhood together. Today, we’re tackling a topic that might just change your daily routine: tummy time, but with a twist. If you’ve ever felt like you're failing because your little one won’t stop crying during tummy time, you're not alone, and you're definitely not failing.
There was a time when tummy time felt like an impossible task. The crying, the stress—it felt like a clear sign of failure on my part. But what if I told you that there are ways to turn those tears into giggles and bonding moments?
Why Even Bother with Tummy Time? Beyond the tears and frustration, tummy time plays a crucial role in your baby's development, from gross motor skills to preventing certain developmental delays. Yet, it’s not just about the physical benefits; it's about making those moments enjoyable and beneficial for both you and your baby.
So, How Can We Make It Tear-Free? I've delved deep into this and found three incredibly creative strategies that not only make tummy time a joy but also strengthen your bond with your baby. And yes, they're backed by research! 
Why This Matters: These aren't just tips; they're a way to reimagine a routine that can sometimes feel daunting. It’s about turning a must-do into a want-to-do, for both your sake and your baby's.
Eager to dive deeper into these strategies and start enjoying tummy time with your newborn? Then this episode is just what you've been waiting for. Together, we'll explore how to make the most of these precious moments, backed by insights from recent studies and a little bit of motherly wisdom.
Remember, every moment with your little one is an opportunity to grow, bond, and create joyful memories—even during tummy time. Tune in to discover how to make it a tear-free experience for your newborn (and maybe even for you too).
Until then, keep loving, keep growing, and as always, keep trusting your motherly instincts. You’ve got this, mama!
References:
Hewitt L, Kerr E, Stanley RM, Okely AD. Tummy Time and Infant Health Outcomes: A Systematic Review. Pediatrics. 2020.
Little EE, Legare CH, Carver LJ. Culture, carrying, and communication: Beliefs and behavior associated with babywearing. Infant Behav Dev. 2019.

Monday Apr 22, 2024

Show Notes for Episode 79: Still Looking Pregnant? 10 Things Your Doctor Didn't Tell You About Your Postpartum Belly
Hey there, beautiful mamas! Welcome back to the podcast. Today, we're diving into a topic that many of us find ourselves puzzled over after giving birth - why does it look like I'm still pregnant, and why didn't anyone warn me about this?
The Great Transition: Pregnancy does a number on our bodies. Hips widen, rib cages shift, organs play musical chairs, and the baby arrives. But contrary to what some of us might hope, our bellies don't just "deflate" overnight. A lot is going on under the surface that keeps that postpartum belly around longer than expected.
Personal Insight: I was that mom who stayed active during pregnancy. Walks, core training, weights - you name it. But even with all that effort, my belly didn’t bounce back immediately after birth. And that’s perfectly okay. I am addressing why in this episode of New Mom Naturopath!!
We’ll explore these points in depth, backed by recent studies and a bit of motherly wisdom, to give you a comprehensive understanding of what’s happening to your postpartum body and why it's all part of the incredible process of bringing life into the world.
Remember, mamas, everybody is unique, and the journey to “recovery” or “normalcy” post-birth is not a race. It’s a deeply personal journey that deserves compassion and understanding, both from the world and ourselves.
Ready to dive deeper and embrace your body's journey? Press play, and let’s get into it together. You’re not alone on this journey, mama.
 
References:
Fukano M, Tsukahara Y, Takei S, Nose-Ogura S, Fujii T, Torii S. Recovery of Abdominal Muscle Thickness and Contractile Function in Women after Childbirth. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2021.
Fan C, Guidolin D, Ragazzo S, Fede C, Pirri C, Gaudreault N, Porzionato A, Macchi V, De Caro R, Stecco C. Effects of Cesarean Section and Vaginal Delivery on Abdominal Muscles and Fasciae. Medicina (Kaunas). 2020.

Thursday Apr 18, 2024

Episode 78 Teaser: Losing All That Hair, Mama? The Truth About Postpartum Hair Loss
Welcome back to the podcast, mamas! Have you noticed more hair in your shower drain or on your brush than usual? Feeling anxious about the amount of hair you’re losing post-baby? You're definitely in the right place. In today’s episode, we're getting into the nitty-gritty of postpartum hair loss, and trust me, it's a topic that hits close to home.
A Little Sneak Peek:
A Personal Anecdote: I’m opening up about my own journey with postpartum hair loss. Yes, it was startling to see so much of my hair everywhere - even in the most unexpected places!
Understanding the Scope: Just how common is this phenomenon among new moms? We'll explore what research says about postpartum hair loss and why it’s a universal experience for many.
Normal or Not? The burning question - is going bald a real risk? We’ll discuss the typical timeline for postpartum hair loss and when you might want to consult a professional.
Beyond Hair Loss: Sometimes, hair loss comes with other symptoms. We'll touch on when it's time to look deeper into your health postpartum.
Care Tips Teaser: I’ll share a few gentle reminders on how to care for your locks (and yourself) during this time. Think of it as a little self-love for your hair.
This episode is packed with insights, personal stories, and a sprinkle of science to help you navigate through your postpartum hair loss journey. It's all about understanding, coping, and caring for yourself during this transitional time. So, if you’re curious about what’s normal, what’s not, and how to handle everything in between, you won’t want to miss this discussion.
Join me as we shed light on postpartum hair loss! Grab your favorite cozy spot, and let’s unravel the mystery together. Remember, you're not alone on this journey, and there's a community here ready to support you every step of the way.
See you in the episode!
Remember, the information shared in this episode is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical advice from a healthcare provider. Always consult with a healthcare professional for any medical concerns.

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