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Super Tuesday Tomorrow so come on in and enjoy 21% OFF store wide (excluding food, items already on special and some practitioner brands).

Pregnancy Health

Lifestyle Treatment

  • Rest and relaxation
  • Prenatal yoga is the perfect way to reduce stress and promote general well being. Many women report reduced levels of anxiety and physical tension following a yoga class.
  • Massage therapy, in particular pregnancy massage is also a good way to promote rest and relaxation, as is meditation, or even a day in bed with a good book. Listen to your body, eat well, and take time out to rest and support both yourself and the growing child within you.
  • A healthy diet is paramount at the best of times, however none more so than during pregnancy when most vitamin and mineral requirements increase rapidly. Contrary to popular opinion, there is no need to eat for two, instead the focus should be on quality of food rather than quantity. Go organic where possible choose food that has been organically grown. Not only has organic food been found to contain higher amounts of nutrients, it is also grown without the use of chemicals, hormones and antibiotics which means you won’t pass these nasties to your unborn child.

Foods to include:

  • Fruit is packed full of vitamins, minerals and fibre however watch your intake of fruit if you suffer from gestational diabetes.
  • Vegetables also contain a variety of great nutrients- ensure plenty of leafy greens to provide optimal levels of magnesium.
  • Whole grains and legumes contain B vitamins for energy and growth as well as a spectrum of minerals. Ask your local health food shop for the low down on the different grains and legumes they sell.
  • Meat is a good source of protein and iron. Any meat eaten should be organic or at the very least free range. Choose lean cuts.
  • Deep dwelling, cold water fish are high in omega-3 fatty acids which are essential for healthy brain development of an unborn child. Good choices include: salmon, mullet and sardines.
  • Nuts and seeds are filled with protein, good fats, fibre and a range of nutrients. Almonds are high in calcium whereas pumpkin seeds are high in zinc. Choose raw, unsalted nuts and seeds and keep them close at hand for a nutritious snack to prevent low blood sugar levels.
  • Healthy oils provide healthy omega-3,-6 and -9 fats as well as fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.  Examples include flaxseed (do not heat), avocado and coconut oil.

Foods to avoid:

  • Steer clear of cold ready to eat foods that you haven’t prepared yourself. These include pate, soft cheeses such as brie and camembert, smoked salmon, take away cold chicken, deli meats and salad bars.  These foods may contain harmful bacteria known as Listeria which have been found to cause premature birth and miscarriage.
  • Raw and undercooked eggs have the potential to cause salmonella. Choose eggs that have been fully cooked.
  • Caffeine intake has been linked with increased risk of miscarriage.  Keep caffeine to a minimum and replace with a natural alternative such as herbal tea.
  • Alcohol consumed by the mother is easily passed on to the foetus and not only depletes the mother’s nutrients but may cause low birth weight, neurological impairment and physical deformities in the unborn child. Avoid throughout pregnancy.

Naturopathic Treatment

Nutrients

  • Mineral deficiency during pregnancy is common in Australia as many women, particularly where there is morning sickness, find it hard to meet the recommended dietary requirements set out during pregnancy. Often the unborn child drains the mother’s nutrient stores leaving the mother deficient. Symptoms such as anaemia, muscle cramps and morning sickness may then ensue. Ensuring that this does not happen is vital.
  • Pregnancy Multivitamin: Supplementation with a high potency prenatal formula offers a convenient way of safe guarding against possible nutritional deficiencies. Supplementation should be continued well into the breastfeeding period as women who are breastfeeding have the same increased requirements nutritionally as pregnant women.
  • Folic acid, if taken daily for one month before conception and during pregnancy, may reduce the risk of having a child with spina bifida/ neural tube defects
  • Fish Oil: Maternal supplementation of Omega 3 fatty acids may help improve the infant’s cognitive function in particular hand and visual coordination.
  • Magnesium/Calcium: Requirements of both Calcium and Magnesium increase during pregnancy, thus a steady supply of both these nutrients is paramount during pregnancy.

Herbs

  • Raspberry Leaf: Raspberry Leaf helps tone the uterus, in preparation for the birthing process.

Some recommended products:

Breastfeeding Support For You And Your Baby

Breastfeeding support for you and your baby

Becoming a new mother is an exciting time and making the choice to breastfeed helps to improve your baby’s healthy development. Breastfeeding provides all your baby’s nutritional requirements so that they can grow strong and healthy and allows you time to relax and bond with your baby.

 Problems with breast milk supply

Although breastfeeding is natural and best for babies, it doesn’t always come easily. Many new mothers worry that they don’t have enough breast milk to satisfy their baby’s requirements, making it a stressful time. Traditionally, specific herbs such as Fenugreek and Blessed thistle were used to help stimulate and increase breast milk production.

 Fenugreek is considered one of the best herbs to stimulate breast milk production, said to work by stimulating the flow of the mammary glands, enriching milk flow. One impressive anecdotal report of 1,200 women found that generally all the participants had an increase in breast milk production with 24-72 hours.

Blessed thistle is considered one of the best herbs to establish a reliable supply of breast milk and is particularly good for weak and debilitated mothers due to its tonic affect; helping to improve appetite and prevent illness. Its ability to improve appetite via the mother’s breast milk will also assist babies who are poor feeders.

Breastfeeding greatly increases your energy and nutritional requirements

While you’re breastfeeding, your energy and nutritional requirements are greatly increased, even more so than when you were pregnant. A healthy diet, with added nutritional support, can play a very important role for both you and your baby. Nutritional deficiencies can have a negative effect on your baby’s growth and development.

Important breastfeeding nutrients you should consider

In theory, a healthy varied diet should provide you with all the nutrients you need, but there are some vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are especially important while breastfeeding:

  • Iodine deficiency is re-emerging as a significant problem in Australia. The healthy development of your baby’s brain and nervous system relies on your own healthy iodine levels.
  • Choline is required for the healthy development of your baby’s brain and nervous system whilst breastfeeding.
  • B vitamins assist in energy production, so help to meet and support the increased energy demands of breastfeeding.
  • Vitamin D is necessary for muscle and nerve development in infants and reduces the incidence of rickets in children. Up to 80% of women have been found to be vitamin D deficient during pregnancy.
  • Zinc deficiency is common in breastfeeding women. Zinc plays an important role in DNA replication, growth and development.
  • Omega-3’s are important for the development of your baby’s central nervous system during pregnancy and in the first two years of life. Omega-3’s support visual, social, language, immune, skin and digestive development. Concentrated omega-3’s provide pure, high quality fish oils.

References

http://www.babycenter.com/0_how-breastfeeding-benefits-you-and-your-baby_8910.bc

Bodnar et al. (2007) Maternal vitamin D and the risk of preeclampsia Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism vol. 92, pp.3517.

https://www.breastfeeding.asn.au/bfinfo/breastfeeding-and-immunity

Brown, LS, Nutritional requirements during pregnancy, Jones and Bartlett Publishers. Retrieved on 01/12/13 from http://samples.jbpub.com/9780763777920/77920_CH01_001_024.pdf

Caudill, RD, 2010, ‘Pre- and Postnatal Health: Evidence of Increased Choline Needs,’ J Am Diet Assoc, vol.110, pp.1198-1206.

Grieve, M, 1971, A Modern Herbal, New York, Dover Publications.

http://health.act.gov.au/kids-at-play/breastfeeding/

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/lifestages/pregnancyandlactation/

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18403927

http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/guidelines/publications/new45

Nowson & Margerison (2002) Vitamin D intake and vitamin D status of Australians EMJA.

Westfall, RE, 2003, ‘Galactagogue herbs: a qualitative study and review’, Canadian Journal of Midwifery Research and Practice, vol. 2 (2), pp. 22-27.

A Fermented Foods workshop with Carol Flint

Love fermented foods but need some help getting started or just wondering what all the fuss is about?

Carol Flint discovered fermented foods and their benefits some years ago.  Her interest has grown over that time in fermenting a wide variety of foods and now gets a lot of satisfaction from teaching others how safe and easy it is to make your own healthy, probiotic rich cultured foods.   Carol also sells fermentation equipment and kombucha crocks.

 fermentation At the workshop, you will receive:

Recipes for sauerkraut, kimchi, pickled cucumbers, tomato salsa and much more

 Hands on step by step instructions for making Curtido (El Salvadorian fermented Cabbage)

 FREE sampling of a variety of traditionally fermented foods and drinks

 FREE SCOBY for making Kombucha at home

 

Date: Wednesday 9th of September 2015

Venue: My Health Market Cottesloe, Cottesloe Central Shopping Centre, 460 Stirling Highway, Peppermint Grove WA 6011

Time: 6.30 – 8.30
Tickets: $55pp, tickets can be purchased at My Health Market Cottesloe, Willetton or Midland stoes.

Hurry in as places are limited.

Midland Grand Opening

Join us on this Saturday 22nd August to celebrate the official opening of our Midland store!  15% storewide, tastings, free samples, kids activities plus loads more all day.

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