Healthy Lifestyle

Trimester Zero: Planning for a Wedding vs. Planning to Conceive

trimester 0What if we spent just as long preparing to get pregnant as we do preparing to get married?


Preparing for a Wedding vs. Preparing for Pregnancy 

Couples know that preparing a beautiful wedding takes work. Many people take 12-18 months working on the details for this one day. They know it takes a plan. It doesn’t just fall together, unless perhaps they simply elope. 

Yet when a couple decides to try to have a baby, they often jump right in without preparing themselves or their bodies. Our society doesn’t understand that there are many things a couple can do to prepare themselves for a healthy pregnancy. It’s like we think everyone can do the equivalent of eloping in this area. 


When Pregnancy Doesn't Happen Quickly

When a couple does not achieve pregnancy quickly, they are often told that it just takes time and to keep trying. 

Although this is intended to be encouraging, this isn’t an empowering message. I would rather offer the couple a clear plan towards health, helping them see this as a time of preparation instead of just waiting.

Focusing on helping the couple achieve ultimate health increases their chances of a healthy pregnancy and a radiantly healthy baby.


How Long to Focus on Preconception Health

Did you know that the egg takes about 120 days to mature from a follicle to an egg? And that sperm matures in about 60 days?

Since the health of the egg and the sperm are vital to the health of the baby, it is important to focus on being as healthy as possible for at least that long before trying to conceive. 

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Metabolic Health: The Elephant in the Room

metabolic healthWith all that is going on in our world today, everyone wants to be healthy. People want to boost their immune system, so their bodies will be resilient and strong.

Many people consider themselves healthy since they are active and in a normal weight range. But research is showing that it is possible even for thin people to be quite unhealthy. It’s like they are thin on the outside, but fat on the inside.

So what does it mean to truly be healthy? How do we measure our health objectively? And what can we do to improve our health?

Recently, I listened to one of my favorite podcasts The Doctor’s Farmacy. In it, Dr. Hyman was speaking with Dr. Aseem Malhotra on this very topic. Dr. Malhotra is a cardiologist, professor, author, and health advocate in the UK. They talked about Metabolic Health, how to measure it, why it matters, and the impact it has on public health.

Let’s take a brief look at this important subject and how you can use this knowledge on your journey to wellness!

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Covid Policies: Your Health and Safety Are Our Priority 

Covid-19 Policies

In order to help with social distancing, protect our patients, and protect our team:

  • Dr. Jamie will be wearing a face mask and washing her hand between each patient. We ask that patients wash their hands upon arrival and bring their own mask to wear.

  • If you arrive early, please wait in your car until your scheduled appointment time. (If you would like to text Dr. Jamie that you are here (630-448-0255), she will wave or text when she is ready for you.)

  • If you feel sick, or have been around anyone who has been sick please reschedule your appointment. (Please let us know immediately if you or a family member has been out of the country within the last 14 days.)

  • We are disinfecting the table between every patient and disinfecting door knobs regularly throughout the day.

  • We will use freshly laundered pillowcases over the pregnancy pillows for prenatal adjustments.

  • We have removed the magazines from the lobby and are closing our tea station and lending library for the foreseeable future.

  • Parents: We have removed the shared toys in the office to prevent the spread of germs.

Thank you!

The Power of 30 Minutes!

the power of 30 minutes go to bed earlyThere is a health practice that takes no energy, but quite a bit of self control. It is free, yet the cost of going without is high. Sunshine encourages it, but light hinders it. What is it?

The answer to this riddle may surprise you as it's not often though of as a "health practice". But it is as just as important for our health as exercising, meditating, managing stress, and eating nutritious foods. 

What is it? Sleep!

Sleep is essential for all of the body's systems! Without adequate sleep the neurological, endocrine, musculature, digestive, and immune systems are compromised. But our society does not recognize the importance of sleep or value it the way it should.

You may be surprised, but my encouragement for you today is to get some more sleep!

Does Sleep Really Matter?

While adults generally need 7-9 hours of sleep each night, almost a third of adults don’t even get six! Getting less than six hours of sleep a night is associated with chronic inflammation, obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, heart disease, and hypertension. Lack of sleep can also increase the risk of psychiatric disorders such as depression & anxiety.

Melatonin, one of the main hormones that controls your circadian rhythms, actually increases your immune system function. This immune support may help your body fight off infections and protect you from illness.

Sleep is also crucial for...

  • Enhancing memory and mental clarity
  • Musculoskeletal growth and repair
  • Boosting mood and energy
  • Increasing stress tolerance

How to Get a Good Night’s Rest

My biggest challenge for you is to simply go to bed 30 minutes earlier than you have been going to bed over the last few weeks. Many of us have had our routines disrupted by the current state of things in the world. This may have impacted when you end up going to bed.

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What I'm Doing on the Floor

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During this time of sheltering in place it can be a challenge to stay active. The last couple weeks we have teamed with H4 Training and Mindful Movements to provide you with some great workout videos. 

Today we want to share a video made right here at DuPage Family Wellness. In it Dr. Jamie leads you through a series of functional movement exercises. These movement sequences are the foundation of natural healthy movement.

What is Functional Movement?

Functional movement is based on the way a baby develops movement - how they move, organize movement patterns, and learn stabilization. This results in a solid foundation for all movement.

Research has found that the way a baby moves is the most efficient way to move. When we deviate from this type of movement we will not function at our best. These exercises allow us to reestablish these movement patterns so that they become natural again.

Functional Progression Exercises (in less than 15 minutes)

Go ahead and check out the Functional Movement Video. Be sure to stay to the end when I add on one more final movement pattern that I almost forgot about!

I would love to hear what you thought of this video! Were any of the exercises challenging for you? Did you think it would be easier than it was?

If you are interested in learning more about Functional Progression or would like to work with me directly to learn these movements give us a call at 630-448-0255.

Dr. Jamie

P.S. More information about Functional Movement can be found in the blog When “Acting Like a Baby” Isn’t a Bad Thing.



Virtual Yoga with Mindful Movements

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Mindful Movements is a premier movement studio specializing in yoga and Pilates. We are pleased to partner with them today to bring you a great virtual workout. You can do this class at your convenience in the privacy of your own home!

This 60 minute Hatha Yoga class is designed to nurture both your body and soul. Gentle poses and breathwork are incorporated in a way that decreases stress while increasing strength and flexibility.  

Since exercise has been found to boost your immune system it is especially important to stay active these days. With the gyms closed, now is the perfect time to try something new.  

We are grateful to Mindful Movements for sharing this opportunity with us.


*If you enjoyed this session, be sure to sign up for a virtual class with Mindful Movements

Mindful Movements is a great place for both your physical and mental health. The instructors are very warm and encouraging. Exercises are modified to each client’s abilities, so you get a work out that is right for you. 

So, check out their special new client rates for virtual classes now until you have the opportunity to enjoy a class at their Glen Ellyn studio. 

Dr. Jamie