Benefits of Naturopathy in Pregnancy Part One by Olivia McFadyen â€“ Naturopath & Nutritionist
Every woman wants the healthiest pregnancy and baby possible; after all, the act of bringing another life into the world is one of the most precious gifts we have.Â Â Pregnancy involves a lot of excitement, anticipation and of course planning.Â A holistic approach to pre-conception & pregnancy prepares you physically & mentally for the healthiest pregnancy possible, the growth & development of a healthy foetus and low-risk birth.
Food is medicine.Â Â A â€˜cleanâ€™ diet nourishes you & the foetus by supporting your bodyâ€™s increased nutritional demands, which increases by an additional 500 calories per day by the third trimester & during breastfeeding.Â Healthy food & holistic lifestyle choices can also reduce common side-effects of pregnancy such as nausea & constipation, heartburn, hormonal acne, fatigue, poor immunity and irregular moods.
Thereâ€™s a lot of confusing, conflicting and complicated information out there for pregnant mums.Â Letâ€™s start with the basics.Â First things first, forget any information youâ€™ve absorbed from online forums youâ€™ve stumbled across using Dr Google and forget any horror birth stories youâ€™ve been told.Â Learn to embrace your pregnancy and your ever-growing belly.Â Listen to your body & consult a professional for any further advice.
Naturopathic medicine treats the individual as a whole, supporting their physical, mental & emotional well-being in order to stimulate the bodyâ€™s own natural healing processes.Â It uses gentle & natural approaches to optimise health & fertility, including nutritional recommendations & supplements, herbal medicine & homeopathy.
- Supports pre and post-natal health
- Regulates blood glucose levels & prevents gestational diabetes
- Improves energy levels
- Protects cardiovascular health & prevents pre-eclampsia
- Reduces nausea, heartburn & constipation
- Regulates mood
- Supports healthy hormones
- Improves quality of sleep
- Reduces muscle cramps, including restless legs syndrome
- Modulates your immune system to ward off pathogens, such as colds/flus & reduces allergy outbreaks
- Optimises nutritional status
- Supports the growth & development of the foetus
Addressing any health concerns and laying the foundations of good nutrition & lifestyle choices is imperative in the pre-conception period.Â Since a womanâ€™s ova (eggs) are susceptible to damage for 100 days before ovulation and sperm formation takes up to 116 days, the pregnancy preparation for both prospective parents should be for a minimum period of four months before conception to optimise your fertility. Â Â Pre-conception care balances hormones, regulates ovulation & menstruation, reduces stress & supports your bodyâ€™s response to stress, addresses any nutritional deficiencies and optimises detoxification pathways.
During pre-conception & pregnancy focus on eating a wholefood diet; that is eating food as Mother Nature intended. Enjoy quick and easy, nutritious foods, including vegetables, fruits, eggs, flaxseed & olive oil, nuts, seeds, legumes, oily fish, organic meat & wholegrains.Â Steer away from processed, sugar-laden foods, which play havoc on blood sugar levels & energy, contribute to immune dysfunction & can deplete your body of key nutrients needed in pregnancy.Â A golden rule is, if your great-grandmother wouldnâ€™t recognise it as food, donâ€™t eat it.
(This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional. All information is written from the experience and knowledge of the person writing the post).
Olivia McFadyen is a certified Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and Homeopath who loves to share her wealth of knowledge with like-minded individuals and support clients to optimise their health and reach their lifestyle goals.
Olivia offers practical advice for healthy living that draws on six years of in-depth study in the Natural Medicine and Health Science domains as well as a wealth of experience in professional settings. Â She provides clients and followers effective, evidence-based solutions for everything from detox tips to fertility issues without the sometimes confusing medical jargon and, crucially, without compromising on the enjoyment food can bring!
Olivia works with clients around the world by offering London-based clients private consultations and group workshops in a clinic setting, supporting Australian-based clients through Skype / phone consultations, and through her increasingly popular blog.
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