Yay, you’re pregnant, congratulations! For some women, getting pregnant is like clicking their fingers; he just looked at me, pop! Baby bump! For other women, this has been an amazing journey, requiring dedication, commitment and a whole lot of faith and love. Either way, you’ve made it, and your journey doesn’t stop. This is a beautiful time in your life and can be filled with many different emotions- excitements, apprehension, fear, uncertainty, anticipation and overwhelm. Equally there may be a range of physical symptoms including morning sickness, fatigue and exhaustion, restlessness and difficulty sleeping, cramps and digestive issues to name a few.
Melbourne Naturopath and Acupuncturist Miranda Myles will be by your side. Miranda provides a beautifully supportive environment to educate and empower you to maintain your optimal health, and nurture a successful pregnancy with minimal complications. Miranda will also help you prepare for your ideal birth, and early post-natal period as a new Mum. Healthy babies come from healthy parents. Let’s give your baby the best start possible.
From the moment you find out you are pregnant; you will be inundated with information- all the do’s and don’ts in pregnancy. This information may be conflicting, overwhelming and confusing. Miranda happily works with you to navigate your way through this information and find what works best for you and your pregnancy.
Nutrition, Lifestyle and Pregnancy
Just as in preconception care, what you eat and what you do is imperative throughout your pregnancy. Remember, healthy babies come from healthy parents. Your health and lifestyle choices throughout your pregnancy nurtures, supports and benefits the constitutional vitality and health of your new-born throughout their adult life. Optimal health as is influenced by your diet, nutritional status and lifestyle choices also reduces the risks of unwanted side-effects and risks associated with pregnancy. It is thus essential that you remain optimally healthy throughout your pregnancy, both from nutrition and a lifestyle perspective.
We all know that we are what we eat, and this could not be more true and pertinent during pregnancy. There are the well-known don’ts; don’t drink, smoke, or take drugs; don’t eat raw fish and eggs, soft cheeses, or smoked meats; avoid salad bars, sushi and left-overs. But what about coffee, is it allowed? Is one glass of champagne ok? Can I still eat tinned tuna? What about mayonnaise? (it contains raw eggs, so a definite no!). Miranda will help you navigate your way through this information.
Your nutritional requirements during pregnancy are so much more than just folic acid! Your requirements for many nutrients escalate during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters, and different nutrients are needed more than others depending on the time you are in your pregnancy. Iron, calcium, omega 3 essential fatty acids, B vitamins, zinc, iodine, vitamin D3 are just a few that are required in therapeutic doses at different stages during our pregnancy. These requirements will remain at their highest-level right through until the completion of breast-feeding. Whilst utilising food as medicine and ensuring appropriate dietary choices to support a healthy pregnancy is ideal, usually nutritional supplementation is required as an insurance policy- lets be sure you are getting everything you need. Remember, it is not just about you now; it is about the health of your baby. But which supplement when? How much? With extensive nutritional supplementation knowledge, Miranda will expertly advise and help you.
Naturopathy in Pregnancy
For some women pregnancy is a challenging time, both physically and emotionally. As a Naturopath and Acupuncturist, Dr Miranda Myles is in a unique position to address these symptoms using a range of different techniques, in combination or singularly, including herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, homeopathy & acupuncture. Naturopathy can be used safely throughout your pregnancy, to help support a healthy pregnancy, prevent miscarriage and prepare you for labour.
Naturopathic medicine can be used to help you enjoy the best pregnancy possible. It is beneficial in:
- Symptoms during pregnancy
- Nausea & morning sickness
- Fatigue & exhaustion
- Insomnia & restless sleep
- Anxiety & depression
- Leg cramps & restless legs
- Varicose veins
- Digestive complaints
- Prevention & treatment of gestational diabetes
- Prevention of pre-ecampsia
- Prevention of recurrent miscarriages
- Preparation for an uncomplicated labour & birth
- Post-natal healing
- Prevention of post-natal depression
- Encourages milk flow in preparation for breast feeding
Acupuncture in Pregnancy
Acupuncture is an integral part of Chinese medicine practice and has been used during pregnancy for centuries. It can assist with increasing blood flow to the uterus and strengthening the immune system. Pregnancy is such an important time to nurture and nourish, relax and rejuvenate, and be at your very best~ mind, body and spirit. Acupuncture may help in the management of stress, helping to calm you and release unwanted tension. There is increasing evidence to suggest Acupuncture can help with the management of some common symptoms experienced pregnancy such as aches & pains, nausea & vomiting. Please speak with Dr Miranda Myles, our practitioners or staff about how we can assist you.
Dr Miranda Myles and our practitioners are experienced and passionate about guiding you safely and healthily through your pregnancy and are happy to work with your Obstetrician, midwife or doula.
From week 34 (and earlier if you would like) is a lovely time to start preparing physically and emotionally for labour and birth. Weekly acupuncture during this time may help prepare you for birth by relaxing your body and mind, and help to gently stimulate the body’s natural processes at the same time. Treatments will focus on your general health and well being, supporting energy, and helping to manage any stress you may be experiencing as the time draws near. Herbal medicine, herbal tea, homoeopathics and moxa may also be used during this time to encourage your body to do what it instinctively knows to do.