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Dr. Romie Mushtaq MD

There is nothing more powerful on this earth than that maternal intuition that is so heightened right before delivery and in that first 3 months that is known as the fourth trimester.”

Episode 86  Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, M.D. ABIHM is a traditionally trained neurologist with additional board certification in integrative medicine. 

Her Story.

Introduction: Dr. Romie helps individuals and audiences learn to heal from stress-based illnesses such as insomnia, anxiety, and career-burnout. Her innovative program, Mindset Matters, is based in neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness. Dr. Romie completed her medical training at the Medical University of South Carolina, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Michigan where she won numerous teaching and research awards.

She previously served as faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin. After surviving career burnout and undergoing life-saving surgery, she traveled the world learning various yoga and mindfulness techniques. Dr. Romie is a media expert analyst and regular contributor in national and local media outlets. She shared her journey in a TED Talk is “The Powerful Secret of Your Breath.” When not speaking around the country, she heals clients at the Center for Natural and Integrative Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

Meeting Dr. Romie: Lori talks about how she first met Dr. Romie through her persicope videos. She learned about her background, her health emergency and asked questions about melatonin and received some good answers. Lori has since followed Dr. Romie whenever she sees her on Periscope or Facebook.

Switching from her role as a Dr. to a patient : Dr. Romie worked with patients with epilepsy and it was common for her work lifestyle to be called in to see a patient in the middle of the night. With her working 90+ hours a week., She was chronic sleep deprivation and high stress life style caused her condition to worsen until she was losing the ability to swallow as she choked on the food she was eating. Six years ago she was diagnosed with a rare medical condition achalasia and ended up needing life saving surgery.

Who am I? Dr. Romie’s personal medical emergency caused her to rethink her life and what she was doing with her time. At the core of your being when you strip away all your titles and all your possessions, who are you? And that journey took her around the world healing her mind and body and spirit learning various types of mindfulness and meditation and yoga techniques. Dr. Romie asked herself: How do I bring Eastern medicine back to America and combine it with amazing neuroscience knowledge she has from being a Dr. and put it together and help people with their brain and mental health. This brought her to becoming an entrepreneur where she speaks to audiences all over the country and shares what she has learned.

What has she learned from pregnant moms that she brings to her work: She took care of dozens of patients who were pregnant and had epilepsy. Pregnancy is a time that is sacred, however, because of the Western lifestyle that we lead, it is easy to become disconnected from pregnancy. Once you give birth and you are in the process of breast or bottle feeding your baby at night. So many pressures to Leaving the holy cocoon and go back to your regular life and that is where a lot of the strife happens, physically, mentally and spiritually with moms. We all know that it is not so easy to turn off or away from the rest of their life.

Not one size fits all: You are trying to follow a routine that is not in your nature. There is so much parenting advice out there and the truth is every baby that is born is different and every mother and baby bond is different. You really need to find that time to go within and create a routine that is natural to the both of you. Tap into that sacred mother/baby bond and you will intuitively know what you and your child needs and ignore what others are telling you. There is nothing more powerful on this earth than the maternal intuition that is so heightened right before delivery and in the fourth trimester.

Mom shaming: Dr. Romie brought out the phenomenon that happens with pregnant mothers. People think nothing of giving you advice even when you did not even ask for it. Dr. Romie suggests that you say – thank you for sharing your pregnancy and breastfeeding experience. I am really at peace on my own path and happy with the routine that I have with my child.

Valuable lesson to pass on to moms: Dr. Romie admits that this is hard to do. I never would have done the cutting edge research I have done with women of all phases of life had I listened to other men’s well meaning advise. Every time I have had a setback it is because I allowed someone else’s yucky energy, their advise, their fears to come in. If there is one thing they can do to succeed in life is to really learn early and quickly how to set emotional boundaries. You are not offending them. You are teaching people how to respect and love you.

Helping pregnant moms to fall asleep: When you wake up in the morning and when you are doing your night time routine when going to bed, please disconnect from all digital devices. Create a sacred place in your home – your bed or your baby’s room. Put both hands on your belly and close your eyes and talk to your baby. There is no right or wrong, just talk to your baby. Have that quiet bonding time – less than 5 minutes is all it takes. This can lead to a more peaceful sleep.

Tips for getting back to sleep at night after waking up from feeding your baby: No one right answer for every mom. The one truth is that would be universal to everyone to try and avoid the busy brain and busy body. Try to not put in a load of laundry. Try not to start cooking, just grab a quick snack. Do the bare minimum in the middle of the night. Don’t pick up any digital device because this wakes up your brain and the light from the devices are tricking your brain into thinking it is morning and you need to wake up.

Another piece of advice : Follow your babies cycle. Your child most of the time needs a feeding and a diaper change and then goes back to sleep. It will help you to follow their cycle and go back to bed when they go back to sleep.

Sleep deprivation and postpartum depression: Mood and memory changes are inevitable when we are sleep deprived and on top of that when you add in pregnancy and the cycle of breastfeeding to it and there are hormonal imbalances and the more is added to it. If you are in that place right now, know that there is nothing wrong with your brain. This is a part of something that can happen, We know that woman who are prone to anxiety or depression have a higher risk of depression postpartum. Something that doesn’t get screened for regularly that can cause depression, is an iron deficiency or low thyroid levels and check their Vitamin D3 levels. Dr. Romie suggests taking your fish oils and B complex is low.

Melatonin is not a good choice for pregnant or postpartum moms as there has not been enough studies on this.

Dr. Romie shares some additional information about how to help yourself get a decent nap. She also reminds us up to pay close attention to that little voice inside, to your intuition.

Dr. Romie shares some additional information about how to help yourself get a decent nap. She also reminds us up to pay close attention to that little voice inside, to your intuition.

Dr. Romie is a fabulous speaker and enjoys speaking at different organizations and companies.

Contact Info: www.DrRomie.com

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