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Why You Need Bloodwork in Postpartum (and What to Ask For)

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Your bloodwork can give incredible insight into why you’re feeling the way you do. It’s imperative to have bloodwork done postpartum – listen to a Naturopathic Doctor share why, plus what exactly to ask for in your doctor’s office.

004 | Dr. Alissia Zenhausern, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine

Being tired is common in postpartum until it’s not.

Postpartum doesn’t end at six weeks. What’s left behind runs deeper than the scars from a c-section or an episiotomy. Your body is recovering from some of the most intense trauma it has ever faced, which comes with changes to your physical well-being.

This intense recovery is why listening to your body is important because sometimes the issue isn’t just a lack of sleep or not eating right. Sometimes it’s something else.

Dr. Alissia Zenhausern of NMD Wellness of Scottsdale focuses on trusting your instincts in postpartum recovery.

Only you can advocate for your wellness, and Dr. Zen gives her expert advice on hormone health, what questions to ask your healthcare physician, and how to make sure you are in the know about your health.

Dr. Zen firmly believes in healthy moms raising healthy and happy babies. Educating yourself in hormone health and knowing your body inside and out is the first step in changing the perspective around postpartum health.

Meet Dr. Zen, MND

Dr. Alissia Zenhausern, NMD (also known as Dr. Zen), is a leader in naturopathic medicine. She is also the founder of NMD Wellness of Scottsdale, a premier naturopathic clinic focused on your fertility journey.

Whether you want a family now or don’t want to miss your chance in the future, Dr. Zen and her team provide a comprehensive approach to your health to optimize your preconception, fertility, and postpartum experience.

Dr. Zen provides integrative care options that put you back into the driver’s seat of your health.

Originally from Geneva, Switzerland, Dr. Zen believes in the power of naturopathic medicine and has helped hundreds of women get pregnant naturally. She also works alongside your other fertility team members, including your gynecologist, OB/GYN, REI, and endocrinologist, to provide a custom approach to your health.

Dr. Zen emphasizes the importance of getting to the root cause of your hormonal imbalance, whether you suffer from Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), Endometriosis, Luteal Phase Defect, or recurrent miscarriages.

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Topics covered in this episode

2:04 | Hormone support
5:22 | Getting your levels checked
11:20 | What to advocate for while breastfeeding
19:38 | Broken system
25:12 | Baby #2 infertility
31:15 | Adrenal fatigue
39:42 | Providers want to help
42:03 | Connect with Dr. Zen

Extra resources

Editor’s note: As of 2023, we’re sad to share that the free postpartum bloodwork checklist is no longer available on Dr. Zen’s website.

If you want access to her postpartum blood work suggestions, you can receive her checklist, tips, and professional advice on bloodwork (and so much more) in our Postpartum Hormone Handbook.

You can learn more, explore resources, and connect with Dr. Zen at

Resources for postpartum hormone health

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