Be honest you don’t want to look pregnant anymore.

You’re sick and tired of hiding your stomach and buying new clothes to cover it up?

You always feel bloated, gassy, and worried about your “digestive issues”.

You’ve tried everything – even an elimination diet.

Here’s the thing.

An elimination diet will not work if you don’t heal your gut first.

Read that again.

Gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free diets will not help your digestion unless you address the underlying problem – gut dysbiosis.

Chances are that you’ve tried a new diet, a new workout, or even fasting for hours to try to lose your belly weight.

But.. you will not have success if you don’t first address your digestion.

In this post, I’m going to share why the 4R approach can help heal dysbiosis and leaky gut syndrome; which affects many moms after childbirth.

What is dysbiosis?

Gut microbiota dysbiosis refers to a condition in which there is an imbalance of the microorganisms within our intestines.

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What are the symptoms of gut dysbiosis?

  1. brain fog
  2. depression
  3. anxiety
  4. insomnia
  5. skin issues
  6. fatigue
  7. allergies
  8. autoimmunity

What is leaky gut syndrome?

In leaky gut syndrome, the gaps in the intestinal walls allow bacteria and other toxins to pass into the bloodstream; causing unusual symptoms.

10 Signs You May Have Leaky Gut Syndrome

  1. Digestion problems-bloating, constipation, and/or diarrhea
  2. Food intolerance-avoid meat, dairy, and/or gluten
  3. Seasonal allergies
  4. Skin complaints; acne, skin rash etc.- your back, your tush, and the back of your arms included
  5. Autoimmune disorder
  6. Tired/ poor concentration
  7. Anxiety & depression
  8. Candida overgrowth
  9. Cannot lose weight
  10. Your joints ache

6 reasons moms have dysbiosis & leaky gut syndrome

  1. Antibiotics – during a C-section, you received a round of antibiotics.  This along with stress and a poor diet, leaves many mothers struggling with the postpartum belly.
  2. Stress
  3. Too much bad bacteria or yeast
  4. Poor diet
  5. Unwelcome virus or parasite
  6. Medications
So, How can the 4R approach help you stop bloating?

First, What is the 4R approach?

This method addresses the underlying causes of gut imbalances and restores harmony, helping to alleviate symptoms and maybe even disease.

The program suggests you: Remove> Reinoculate> Repair> Reintroduce

healing stomach lining

How do you heal your gut?

  • Remove all triggers: i.e. all allergens and cross reactors like gluten and dairy.
  • Get off medications (with Dr.’s approval and replace them with natural remedies ).
  • Reduce your stress with meditation, exercise, and botanicals.
  • Heal your gut lining with the 4R approach below.

1. Remove

Take out what ails you.  The top allergens are wheat, corn, eggs, dairy, peanuts, and soybeans. Add in whole grains (like quinoa and rice), organic vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats. Remove allergens for 4-6 weeks or it may take up to a year to heal your gut with an auto-immune disease.

Encourage whole, organic foods if able and consider shopping the perimeter of the grocery store.

2. Replace

After 2-4 weeks on the Elimination diet, Introduce a good quality digestive enzyme containing protease, lipase, amylase, and pepsin.  This is safe for pregnant and breastfeeding women, too. I like Enzymedica, you can buy it here. 

Adding bitters, like  Urban Moonshine Bitters will trigger the digestive system to produce digestive enzymes, secrete bile and balance HCI levels in the stomach.  Take bitters 10-15 minutes before your meal.
If you have a lot of nausea with meals or when you take supplements, you might also need some additional stomach acid in the form of a supplement called Betaine HCl, or try 1 Tbs. of apple cider vinegar in water with your meals. 
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3.  Reinoculate

Wait 2 weeks for the elimination diet or up to 6 weeks.  

**Adding in a probiotic can give you gas and bloating if you do not remove the allergens first.

Add a good quality probiotic to restore your gut flora.  I like Klair probiotics.

You want it to have a minimum of 5 billion CFU in each dose, and a good range of Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium species.

Fermented foods such as miso, sauerkraut, and kimchee can also be a helpful advantage to your gut, add it into your diet 3-4x week. Although very delicious, kombucha can be high in sugar so consider using sparingly. 

4. Repair

Include the following supplement for 6-weeks or more to repair your gut. The following supplements can be taken for up to 6 months to help to heal the intestinal lining:

  • Tumeric- I personally like to take turmeric in a blended tincture like Adrena nourish
  • Aloe vera
  • Marshmallow root powder
  • DGL licorice (aloe and licorice are not for internal use during pregnancy; these are fine for children) are some of the most effective herbs for healing the gut lining.
    • They are best taken in capsule or extract form, though turmeric can also be added to foods.
Additional supplements to heal your gut

DGL (diglyceride licorice)

  • DGL s a great alternative to tums and does not raise your blood pressure. DGL licorice is available as chewable lozenges and thus may be the simplest one to give to kids. Klair labs has one here or Pure encapsulation combines aloe, slippery elm, and marshmallow root together!


  •  25-40 mg/day for adults.

An antioxidant supplement

  • Look for one containing vitamins A and carotenoids, C, E, and selenium. 
  • These are often found in a multivitamin.
  • Pregnant women should get these from their prenatal vitamin only.

Fish oil

L-Glutamine Powder

  • 5-10 gm of powder twice daily for one month. (Much less for kids but talk with your child’s doctor before using and don’t supplement in pregnancy).

Here are examples of other practitioners using the 4R approach for healing


If you’re a momma struggling with abdominal separation, take the gut health questionnaire to see if you have dysbiosis or leaky gut syndrome. Once you heal your gut, you’ll have the energy to exercise and you’ll shed the baby weight and digestive troubles, along with preventing autoimmune disorders.


{Keep in mind, I am not a doctor.  Please consult your doctor before adding any supplements to your diet.}



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