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Pregnancy Tips

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture have provided women a safe and natural method of taking care of your self during pregnancy. This section features several important health care tips to help make your pregnancy a happy and healthy experience!

Morning Sickness

Acupuncture works well for morning sickness! The earlier you start treatment the better the outcome. Especially when combined with some changes that can be made in your day to day activities and eating habits.

Not only will acupuncture work to decrease your morning sickness, but in the process will also work to decrease your fatigue and tiredness. These two issues usually appear together for moms to be.

Generally the number of treatments depends on the severity of sickness, most women need around 4-8 with more severe cases needing frequent treatments for several months. However, there is no side effects and you may be able to avoid taking a prescribed medication.

After a treatment you will feel less stress, less sick and more energized!

Try the following:

1. Although the proper nutrients is vital to the health of the developing baby and to yours, just eat what your body is telling you, if greens makes you feel sick, don't force them down in the name of nutrients.

2. Eat often, and eat small amount, a handful of nuts, some dried fruit.

3. Pay attention to what foods bother you and avoid them, avoid spicy and greasy foods.

4. Eat first thing in the a.m. and snack right before bed in the p.m., this will keep you blood sugar more stable.

5. Drink caffeine free teas of all sorts, like ginger (try fresh ginger and lemon in boiling water), mint teas and chamomile.

6. Get plenty of rest! Moms tend to push themselves and there are usually a ton of demands placed on women, especially if you already have a kid, take time out for yourself and don't over do it!

Exercise

Even though better pregnancy health is top on your list sometimes just pulling yourself out of bed can be tough, so even considering doing some exercise might seem like a challenge. But the benefit of activity goes way beyond your pregnancy, it will also help you when you are ready to give birth.

Exercise will help you to strengthen your muscles and increase your endurance making it a bit easier for you to rebound after giving birth. So get off the couch or out of bed and get moving with a few of these safe exercise tips for better pregnancy health!

Take a walk - easy to add a 20 - 30 minute walk 4 days a week into your schedule.

Go for a swim - low impact, great for the heart , works out all your muscle groups and the water helps you to feel weightless.

Yoga - doing some restorative yoga can help to release the hormone relaxin for keeping those ligaments loose and getting them ready for an easier delivery.

For better pregnancy health, don't over do it! Avoid over heating, stretch before you start, drink a lot of water and be mindful of your posture. And please check with your Dr. or midwife before you get started!

Pregnancy Pain

Pregnancy pain, especially back pain and pelvic pain are two of the most common complaints a pregnant woman brings to her Dr., acupuncturist or midwife. There are so many factors and a combination of factors that can be causing these pains. Your posture is changing, hormones are flowing, and joints and ligaments are softening.

The good news is in combination with acupuncture there is a few things you can do in order to ease the pain:

1. Check your posture, stand straight, lower your shoulders and bend from the knees.

2. Avoid slouching and standing for too long.

3. Set up pillows in bed so that you are well supported for a good night's sleep.

4. Low impact exercise and yoga can really get the blood flowing into your back and ease the pain. Swimming works wonders and helps you to feel less weight and stress on your body.

5. Pelvic floor exercises, or a pelvic girdle.

6. And of course, going for a massage!

Nutrition

During pregnancy it's likely that everyone is offering you his or her advice on what you should and should not be eating. Healthy food choices are vital for keeping up your energy, making your baby happy and maintaining a strong immune system. And the body prefers getting its nutrient form food sources. So try a few of these suggestion:

Foods to avoid:

1. Processed meat and raw seafood, in order to avoid listeria and salmonella. Rely on fresh organic deli meats freshly sliced and have some veggie sushi.

2. Stay away from un-pasteurized cheeses.

3. High mercury fish like swordfish, mackerel and marlin. If you eat tuna keep it to one can a week.

4. Limit your coffee intake to one cup a day.

5. Make sure your eggs are well cooked.

Foods to eat:

1. Drink lots of water and take a good pre-natal vitamin

2. Try to eat as few processed foods as possible.

3. Get a mix of well balanced organic or home made foods.

4. Eat salmon and meat low in fat.

5. Eat dark green vegetables, which contain folic acid.

6. Eat whole grain carbs such as pasta, grains, and cereal.

7. Consume some organic dairy like yogurt and cheese.

For more information on pregnancy health, please visit the Whole Family Health website at www.wholefamilyhealth.ca.
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