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 can be used safely throughout your pregnancy, to help support a healthy pregnancy, prevent miscarriage and prepare you for labour.
During your pregnancy, acupuncture can be used to alleviate many common symptoms such as morning sickness, digestive issues, leg cramps, sleep disorders, stress and anxiety. Acupuncture may also aid miscarriage prevention, particularly important if there is a previous history of miscarriage.
Birth and Beyond
Between weeks 30-34 weeks is a great time to start preparing for labour. Weekly visits from week 34 are ideal to prepare you both physically and emotionally for your pending labour and birth. We want to ensure optimal fetal positioning, and help you achieve a natural, spontaneous and uncomplicated birth. These sessions will also focus on your general health and well-being, improving your energy, and helping you manage any stress or anxiety that you may be experiencing as the time draws near. At this time, both herbs and tea may accompany the acupuncture treatment.
Acupuncture has been show to help correct of malposition of fetus (breech presentation), and treatment is best started between weeks 34-37 for greatest success.
Induction of labour
If you are past your due dates, acupuncture can provide a successful alternative to medical induction in women with uncomplicated pregnancies. Acupuncture is safe and works with our delicate pregnancy hormones to gently promote labour. Acupuncture does not suddenly or cause abrupt or intense contractions, but rather enables a slow and progressive build to regular contractions. At the same time, acupuncture induction invigorates energy in both the mother and the baby in readiness for labour, and helps to promote a natural, uncomplicated birth.