Seeds of Health are planned before your baby is draws its first breath, and those first nine months in the womb determine the health of your baby for the rest of its life. Research indicates that women who suffer stress during pregnancy transmit their anxiety to the unborn child from as early as 17 weeks. The mother’s hormones and nutrients supplied through the placenta may significantly determine how a baby’s liver, heart, kidney’s, brain and mind will function during adult hood -“life in the womb” by Peter Nathanielsz of Cornell Univers
Prenatal vitamins: Maintaining a healthy balanced diet is not always realistically possible, and it is difficult to get all the nutrients needed for optimal pregnancy health. Not all prenatals are equal, depending on your individual needs, some= prenatals might need to be supplemented. Food based prenatals are more absorbable and gentler on the stomach because they are derived from food instead of isolated vitamins. Many women who suffer from constipation or nausea while on conventional prenatal vitamins during pregnancy see a significant improvement when switching to a food based prenatal. These prenatal blends contain the enzymes, phytonutrients, and other co-factors that make the vitamin most absorbable and add to the spectrum of nutrition. Many also include probiotics and herbal blends too.
Essential: Eat organic whole foods, organic dairy, wild caught fish and grass fed beef
Probiotics i.e. "for life" for Vaginal Health and Immune system. Like the intestinal tract, the vagina is a finely balanced ecosystem. The dominant Lactobacilli strains normally make it too acidic for harmful microorganisms to survive. But the system can be thrown out of balance by a number of factors, including antibiotics, spermicides, and birth control pills. Probiotic treatment that restores the balance of microflora may be helpful for such common female urogenital problems as bacterial vaginosis, yeast infection, and urinary tract infection.
Prenatal vitamins for moms who have the MTHFR mutation
The MTHFR defect, which some say affects up to 50-60% of the population, makes it difficult for your body to convert folic acid (and even folate) into a usable form (called methylation). Having MTHFR issues makes it more difficult for the body to detoxify. During pregnancy this is especially concerning because the build up of unusable folic acid (from processed food and certain prenatals) can cause toxicity and folate deficiency because it blocks absorption of naturally occurring folate.
Folate deficiencies are associated with some birth defects such as spina bifida and neural tube defects. The MTHFR mutation can cause miscarriage, preeclampsia, forgetfulness, and brain fog among other symptoms. That’s why it is so critical to know if you have the MTHFR mutation and, if so, to take the right form of prenatal when you are pregnant. Luckily there are prenatal blend designed for women who have the MHTFR mutation.
Brewer's yeast contains all the essential amino acids, 14 minerals, and 17 vitamins. It is one of the best natural sources of the B-complex vitamins, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, B6, pantothenic acid, biotin and folic acid. It is also high in minerals, including chromium, zinc, iron, phosphorus, and selenium. Brewer's yeast is also a good source of protein. It contains approximately 16 g of protein per 30 g of powdered yeast. Brewer's yeast is a good source of RNA an immune-enhancing nucleic acid that may help in the prevention of degenerative diseases and slowing the aging process.
Flax seed is a super food that contains more essential fatty acids, high in Omega-3 and Omega-6 than any other food. Among many other qualities, this combination forms the membranes of every cell in our body; it is the only fats that become “prostaglandins”, which play a key role in regulating the cardiovascular, immune, digestive and reproductive function. All of the amino acids essential for human health are evident in flax seed. Incorporate in your daily diet: 2 Table spoons of “Milled flax seed’ or good quality “organic” Flax seed oil
Vitamin A - 3 oz Liver 610DV, 1 raw Carrot 410DV, 1 Mango 160 DV, also Apricots, Asparagus, Broccoli, Cantaloupe, cherries, kale, peaches, peas, sweet potatoes, spinach, tomatoes
Bioflavonoid – Broccoli, Cabbage, green pepper, and parsley
Vitamin B6 – 1 cup fortified cereal 100DV, 1 medium baked Potato 35 DV, 1 Banana 34 DV, in addition eat Chicken, Fish, Kidney, Liver, Pork, Eggs, umilled rice, soybeans, Oats, Whole-wheat products, peanuts, walnuts
Vitamin C - 1 cup Red Bell pepper 211 DV, 2 Tbsp fresh parsely 110.8 DV, 2 cup Romaine lettuce 51.4 DV, 1 papaya 47.5 DV, in addition Asparagus, blackberries, cantaloupe, cauliflower, Chinese Kale, Kiwi fruit, Kohlrabi, Mangoes, mustard greens, oranges, raspberries, strawberries, red cabbage, tangerines, tomatoes.
Vitamin D - Needed for the absorption of calcium and magnesium and regulation of cycle. Immune system. 1 tbsp Cod Liver Oil 240DV, 31/2 oz cooked salmon 90 DV, 1 cup fortified non-fat milk 25DV, also fortified juice, eggs & butter
Vitamin E - 1 Tbsp Wheat germ Oil 100DV, 1oz Dry Roasted Almonds 40DV, 1 oz Sunflower seeds 30DV, also whole grains and uncooked nuts, especially fresh Wheat Germ is an excellent source for; Vitamin E, B-Complex, Protein . Also contains Zinc,
Calcium - 1 cup Yoghurt 42 DV, 3oz Sardines 32DV, Whole Milk 29DV, also Broccoli, kale, Collards.
Selenium deficiency is associated with impaired sperm production and motility and miscarriage, protects immune system, decrease free radical damage - 2 Brazil Nuts 1 OZ has 780 DV, Tuna 3 OZ has 95 DV, Beef 50DV, 1 Egg 20 DV, Rice 15 DV.
Zinc - 6 Oysters 513DV, 3 oz Beef Shanks 59DV, 1 oz Pork 28DV, 1 cup yoghurt 11 DV, In addition nuts, seeds, especially Pumpkin seeds (dairy products, whole grains, and brewers’ yeast.
*This information is for educational purposes and we recommend to discuss any changes in diet or lifestyle with a medical professional
Prenatal Yoga and Swimming are a wonderful choice. Both promote stretching and the focus on breathing is a valuable asset in preparation for your baby’s birth.
**Always consult with your physician before beginning any exercise program
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Many questions, many answers. No matter what, remain open and flexible if events stray from your chosen path. Ultimately, you want to be healthy and have a healthy baby
Choosing A Health Care Provider
Especially when planning a natural vaginal birth, there is much to be considered, and it is very natural to feel overwhelmed. No matter whether you use a doctor or midwife, choose a practitioner who has experience in caring for women who want an un-medicated birth. If your medical provider is part of a larger practice, make sure that all the members share like philosophies, or at least that if your chosen provider isn't available, will honor your wishes, as would your usual provider.
It is important to know that a hospital setting is not your only option, many women deliver at a birthing center, while worldwide the most used setting is a home-birth.
According to studies, the use of a professional doula not only reduced the requests for epidural anesthesia, but it also cut the cesarean rates in half and shortens the length of labor. Whether or not to hire a doula, these are personal choices and there is no right or wrong answer. Only you can decide what's right for you. The one thing that is critical is to select someone whose philosophy of childbirth matches your own.
A childbirth class will not only give you great information on the stages of labor, breathing and pain relief techniques, it also gives you information on epidurals and cesarean sections if should you need them.
Learn about support methods that support a healthy pregnancy and prepare you for a joyful birth experience. Explore the possibilities of RAF™, acupuncture, and yoga.
Make A Birth Plan
A birth plan helps to effectively communicate your preferences for the birth of your baby with your practitioner, the staff who cares for you during labor and your birth team.
Prenatal Reflexology integrates compassionate dialogue with remedial reflexology to set the stage for a positive transition into parenthood
Prenatal Reflexology helps to decrease pregnancy related conditions such as anxiety, pains, gestational diabetes, and hypertension.
Prenatal Reflexology supports the physical and emotional health of your unborn child.
Prenatal Reflexology promotes a natural un-medicated birth
Prenatal Reflexology helps to decrease the chance of postpartum depression
Prenatal Reflexology helps with the following conditions:
~ Breech/posterior presentation
~ Back problems
~ Foot problems
~ Labor preparation (anxiety)
~ Pain relief
~ Stress reduction
~ Strengthen immune system
~ Fetal health
~ Postnatal Reflexology
~ Restore energy
~ Post- op healing
~ Relieve lower back pain
~ Lactation problems
~ Postpartum depression
Many pregnancy-associated conditions can be managed with Reflexology or other natural strategies
Morning sickness - Ginger tea and salt crackers before you get up in the morning, and anything “Ginger” during the day; candied or ginger tea, ginger ale and chews. Try also some motion sickness bands.
Constipation - Dates act as a natural laxative
Heartburn - At the first sign of heartburn try chewing a few almonds
GUIDE TO PRENATAL TESTING
Prenatal testing is an integral part to maintain the health and wellbeing of your unborn baby and yourself. Routine blood and urine testing can determine the presence of anemia and if blood sugar metabolism is normal. Below is an explanation of the most common tests that are performed during a pregnancy.
Chorionic villus sampling ( CVS) is a diagnostic test for identifying chromosome abnormalities and other inherited disorders and is usually performed between 10 and 13 weeks from your last menstrual period. CVS may be chosen over amniocentesis because it may be performed earlier in the pregnancy
Amniocentesis may be recommended by your health care provider following an abnormal triple test result and is usually performed between 14 and 20 weeks
MSAFP is a screening test that examines the level of alpha-fetoprotein in the mother's blood during pregnancy and usually performed during second trimester.
Glucose Challenge Screening & Glucose Tolerance Test. Pregnant women can develop a condition known as Gestational Diabetes (diabetes brought on by pregnancy) that can cause risk to both mother and baby. The Glucose Challenge Screening is a preliminary screening test performed between 26-28 weeks. If a woman tests positive during this screening test, the second test, called the Glucose Tolerance Test, may be performed.
Ultrasound is a procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to scan a woman's abdomen and pelvic cavity, creating a picture (sonogram) of the baby and placenta, that may be performed at any point during pregnancy