Postpartum metabolic health with Dr Brandy Cummings by Functional Nutritionist Andrea Nicholson on the Holistic Health Bites podcast

Episode Summary

Introduction and guest introduction

Andrea welcomed guest Dr Brandy Cummings to share her expertise in pregnancy, postpartum conditions, and metabolic health impacts.

Brandy's personal health journey and mold illness

Brandy detailed her two-year battle with debilitating mold illness, including miscarriage, that led her to pivot her practice to environmental medicine and specialize in postpartum support.

Pregnancy, birth team changes, and birth experiences

Brandy switched from a provider offering only late first trimester care to one allowing discussion on options like water birth. She labored over 30 hours and transferred hospitals, again facing issues.

Postpartum nutrition, village support, and thyroid testing

Brandy emphasized prioritizing nourishment over weight loss, building village support, and testing postpartum women for increased risk of autoimmunity like Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Preconception health optimization and environmental exposures

Brandy advised assessing and reducing toxic exposures while clearing the body before conception to benefit future generations through multigenerational impacts of a healthy start.

Key priorities for pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond

Brandy summarized getting thyroid testing postpartum, lowering environmental toxins preconception if possible, and going outside daily with fresh air and sunlight for all stages of reproduction and beyond.

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