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Understanding Bloodwork in Preconception, Pregnancy and Postpartum

April 4, 2024

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When it comes to supporting clients through preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum, the right knowledge can turn the daunting into the doable. That’s exactly what today’s episode covers, featuring insights from MaryAnn Marks, the tech-savvy founder of LabSmarts, and Sara Russell, a seasoned nutritional therapy practitioner with a penchant for practical science. Together, they’re demystifying bloodwork during the crucial phases of preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum.

🤰🏼Navigating the Perinatal Journey with Precision

Understanding the unique needs of clients during preconception, pregnancy, and postpartum is pivotal. It’s a period marked by significant physical changes, where standard health recommendations and blood work interpretations require careful adjustment. MaryAnn’s journey from the tech world to holistic health led to the creation of LabSmarts, a tool that revolutionizes how practitioners approach blood work, tailored to the intricacies of perinatal care.

Sara, brings a wealth of experience in nutritional therapy and an empathetic touch to her practice. Her course, “Feed Your Body, Grow Your Family,” stands as a testament to her commitment to nurturing family health from the ground up. Together, MaryAnn and Sara have crafted a partnership that bridges gaps in perinatal health care, advocating for a nuanced approach to blood chemistry analysis.

🧬 The Science of Blood Work in Pregnancy

Pregnancy alters the body in profound ways, demanding a reevaluation of how we interpret lab results. White blood cell counts, for instance, surge, a necessary adjustment to support placenta development. Similarly, the kidneys enhance their filtration capabilities to safeguard the developing fetus from toxins. These are just glimpses into the myriad ways pregnancy reshapes bodily functions. These insights are just a few of the examples that remind us, as practitioners, of the importance of tailored health recommendations across each stage of life. 

📊 From Labs to Life: Applying Blood Work Insights

The dialogue between lab work and dietary supplementation during pregnancy is intricate. Identifying optimal nutrient levels can significantly impact fertility, pregnancy health, and even the epigenetic outcomes for the baby. With tools like LabSmarts and targeted nutritional therapy, practitioners can personalize care plans with unprecedented precision, supporting everything from morning sickness alleviation to the prevention of gestational diabetes.

💪Empowering Practitioners with Knowledge

The 6-week masterclass “What You Never Learned About Blood Work in Preconception, Pregnancy, and Postpartum” led by MaryAnn and Sara, is an amazing tool for practitioners supporting clients through the perinatal phase of life. This class will help you confidently understand bloodwork dynamics across each different phase of this period of life. 

If you are ready to dive deeper, MaryAnn and Sara have generously offered a 10% discount on this 6-week masterclass with the code “TESTDONTGUESS10”. 

Additionally, they’ve provided a free TSH by Trimester Pregnancy Chart, a valuable tool for understanding thyroid health during pregnancy. 

If you’re interested in learning more about functional lab testing, how to interpret them, and how incorporating labs can help boost your confidence, make sure to check out our podcast and stay informed about the latest developments and insights in the healthcare industry!

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