Dr. Zehra's Favourite Things


I have been asked by many patients, friends, and family to put together my "ultimate perinatal item list" from my recent experience of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Keep in mind that none of these items are perfect for everyone, they are simply what I loved most and found most useful during my motherhood transition.









MY TEAM

Assembling a perinatal care team is one of the most important steps you can take to increase the likelihood of having the most positive pregnancy, birth, and postpartum period possible. Support is a must and it truly does take a village.

midwife Caitlin

Here are my favourite people:

Doula - Ridge Meadows Doula Services

Midwives - Transitions Midwifery

Chiropractic & Massage - my team at MRWC

Acupuncture - Dani Foster

Pelvic Floor Physiotherapy - Bump Physio & Co

Child Birth Education/Prenatal Classes - Ridge Meadows Doula Services (all online now: childbirth education, newborn prep, baby led weaning, sleep education, breastfeeding support, they really do it all!)




VITAMINS

I follow a strict daily supplement regime of high-quality and clean products. My nutrient levels were fantastic during pregnancy as shown by my bloodwork. This was important when considering a homebirth. I also made sure I took Methylated folate of course! Here was my line up:

Douglas Labs Prenatal Vitamins

NutraVeg extra strength EPA/DHA (algae source)

Pure Encapsulations Liquid Iron

Pure Encapsulations Liquid B12

Pure Encapsulations Vitamin D

Bioclinic Naturals Probiotic 12

my supplement line up

I take my prenatal vitamins and probiotics with dinner and all the liquid vitamins went into a daily smoothie with banana, frozen berries, raw sprouted vegan protein powder, peanut butter, almond milk, and water.

I followed this supplement regime before pregnancy, during pregnancy, and continue to do so postpartum.

We carry all of these vitamins at the clinic except for NutraVeg which I get at Roots.



ESSENTIAL OILS

I never went anywhere without my peppermint oil. Peppermint was a life saver when I had morning sickness. I also dabbed it into my mask when working to ensure that it was the only scent I'd smell to avoid any potential nausea.



HYDRATION

I loved using the 750mL mason jars with the metal lid + straw combo. I found this really helped me keep up on my hydration. They also travel well and fit into car cup holders! When I became bored of plain water, I'd make celestial seasonings tea (peach or cherry were my favourites) and drink it cold.



BOOKS

Ina May Gaskin Guide to Childbirth

Ina May Gaskin Guide to Breastfeeding

Ina May Gaskin Spiritual Midwifery

Womanly Art of Breastfeeding

Sweet Sleep



PREGNANCY PILLOW

I used a big, fully body length, U-shaped pillow from amazon. My favourite thing about it was that you could remove and wash the cover, and stuff more fluff into it for enhanced support.



COMFY CLOTHES

I lived in my Smash & Tess rompers at home and my Lululemon align super high-rise crop leggings for work. They hugged my bump so well and never slipped down! This was perfect for me since my job is so physical.



NURSING SHIRT

This Lululemon All Yours tank top is everything. It is so easy to slip the breast out the side and stay covered everywhere else. I adore them!



NURSING BRA

Love this bralette from BaoBei. It is not a traditional nursing bra with the snap down. I like the fabric's flexibility and shape maintenance. You can be quite rough with it when getting ready to feed baby. You don't need to slip the strap off to expose the breast either.


FEET

I always wear barefoot shoes. However, relaxin really gave me a hard time with my arches and intrinsic foot strength. Combined with the swelling (my special sausage feet), I switched to Birkenstock sandals in the beginning of my third trimester. The straps can be widened quite a bit to accommodate any swelling. I love the Mayari sandals.



BODY CARE

thumper during contraction

My two favourite self-care body items during pregnancy and postpartum were my Thumper Sport and Epsom salt baths (salts from costco). Everett used the thumper on my back during almost every contraction during birth! Loved it.



BODY PRODUCT

Earth Mama Organics is my absolute favourite! I used their belly butter, perineal spray, nipple butter, and diaper balm. The nipple butter is a MUST!



BREAST PUMP

I use both the