Nena Complo

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Nena Complo offers women and families holistic support throughout the childbearing years. She is a holistic birth & postpartum doula, yoga teacher, and midwifery student. Nena lives with her sweet husband and their two radiant daughters in LoveLand, Ohio.

You are Not Meant to Do This Alone

Our Nature is not to live in isolated nuclear families. Our Nature is to live in close connection with extended families and communities.

Children are not meant to be raised by their mothers alone. Humans are co-creative creatures. We are cooperative breeders.

Women are not designed to go through pregnancy alone.

Women are not meant to go through birth alone.

And most importantly, women are not meant to be alone in the postpartum period.

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Reintegrating My Self Post Pregnancy & Birth

Becoming a mom is a wild ride. A woman enters pregnancy as one version of herself, and comes through birth transformed into a new version of this self. And she is entrusted with the intimate caretaking of a tiny being who is completely dependent on her for sustenance and safety. The process of childbearing is earthshaking. As mothers, we dive into nurturing and nourishing our babies and children. We catapult off the cliff of Maiden, landing in the realm of Motherhood. In a new land, we are a new Us.

Since birthing our first daughter three and a half years ago, I have often wondered, how the heck am I supposed to reintegrate myself? Am I even supposed to reintegrate at all? Here I’ll share a few of my defining moments in dancing with that question, and claiming my own path of motherhood.

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Postpartum Sleep Deprivation

We all know that sleep is essential. And that new parents get reduced quality & quantity of sleep. Our post-birth bodies have particularly needs that may necessitate rising more frequently in the night. Babies wake throughout the night with wet diapers or needing to be fed. A baby, after all, is not born with his own circadian rhythm. It takes time, and loving caregivers, to encourage and allow babies to develop harmonious sleep cycles. So it is critical for mamas to have healthy sleep patterns to share with their babes.

Prolonged sleep deprivation can put your health at risk. Here’s what you need to know about sleep, and how you to create the support for getting the sleep you need.

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Adaptogens for Adrenal Fatigue and Postpartum Depression

Adrenal fatigue occurs when your small but powerful adrenal glands are overworked and depleted. This usually occurs as a result of chronic stress combined with inadequate nutrition and sleep deprivation. New mothers face the demands of caring for a baby in the wake of the steep hormonal shift at childbirth and are especially susceptible to adrenal fatigue. Here are some of the best adaptogens for adrenal fatigue and depression that are safe for breastfeeding.

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Postpartum Adrenal Fatigue

New mothers are especially susceptible to adrenal fatigue. Childbirth brings a quick dramatic shift in hormonal balance, setting the stage for further imbalance. Couple this shift with the demands of new motherhood, postpartum healing, and isolation, and you may be in for a case of adrenal fatigue. According to Dr. Sara Gottfried, adrenal fatigue is the most common hormonal imbalance that women experience.
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