Our naturopathic approach to safe pregnancy
Every woman’s experience of pregnancy and birth is unique. While a joyous time for many, pregnancy can sometimes result in morning sickness, heartburn, gestational diabetes, pre-eclampsia and other conditions that need to be addressed.
At your first appointment, your Naturopathic Case Manager will gather details about your diet, lifestyle, general health condition and any medications you are taking. Where appropriate, your NCM will refer you for Hormonal testing.
This information will be used to guide your treatments and lifestyle prescription. You will also receive a personal handbook that contains copies of this information to take home. If your pregnancy has you feeling like you are riding an emotional roller-coaster, remember, your NCM is always ready to offer support and discuss your concerns.
- Pregnancy occurs when a female’s egg (ovum) is fertilised by a male cell (sperm) in the fallopian tubes.
- The fertilised eggs are called embryos.
- At 12 weeks, the baby is referred to as a foetus.
- At 6 weeks, the foetus is approx. 5mm long.
- At 12 weeks, approx. 5cm long.
- At 16 weeks, the baby is about 10 cm long.
- At 24 weeks, the baby is about 21cm, and at 32 weeks, about 25cm.
- At 40 weeks, the baby will be around 33cm long or roughly the length from your elbow to your fingertips.
Morning sickness may occur throughout the day or night and in some cases throughout the pregnancy. If you are suffering from severe morning sickness, you should seek advice from a naturopath or your GP. Supplementation with Vitamin B6 has been found to be of benefit in treating morning sickness.
Peppermint and ginger tea can be taken to help relieve morning sickness in many instances. For stronger prescriptions, seek advice from a Naturopath.
Vitamins & Supplements
Folate is an essential supplement during pregnancy to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in the offspring. All vitamins and mineral requirements will increase with pregnancy. The Pill, Stress, Alcohol, and Caffeine will all deplete nutrients stores. Dietary advice for pregnancy is available at Moontides.
When used for 3 months prior to pregnancy, through to the end of the first trimester, multivitamins have been associated with a 70% reduction in the risk of multiple birth defects.
Not all herbs are safe
Some herbs may cause miscarriage or birth defects. Always seek advice from a qualified naturopath or herbalist before taking any herbal preparation during pregnancy.
A partus preparator is a herbal mixture prescribed by a Naturopath or Herbalist around the 34th or 35th week of pregnancy. While many herbs need to be avoided during pregnancy, the herbs used in a partus preparator are specific for preparing the uterus for labour.
At Moontides, we offer a full range of services from natural fertility and preconception care, naturopathic guidance and treatments throughout the pregnancy, partus prepators for labour, pregnancy massage, counselling services and referrals for midwives.