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I hope you are well & having fun.
I seem to be surrounded by very bumptious expectant mums at the moment. So it makes sense to talk about things that imminent mums can do to improve health, ease pregnancy & birth, as well as nourish the little life inside you this month.
-Keep your body well oiled and healthy. Drink plenty of water; you're drinking for 2 now! 3 to 5 pints a day may mean you pee more, but surely this is a small price to pay to keep your bodies flushed out and healthy.
-Try to ensure you eat a about 7 portions of fresh fruit & veg, & vary your diet to ensure you & bump get all the nutrients you both need. Eating organically & avoiding processed foods is definitely the healthiest way to go. When you make a meal, try making double portions & freezing the remainder. Instant healthy ready meals! It saves time & hassle.
-Rub sweet almond or calendula oil with mandarin essential oil into your bum, tummy and thighs, to reduce the impact of stretch marks from month five until 3 months after the birth or check out our ready made "Bumptious" to lovingly caress into your beautiful belly.
-Rub coconut oil into your perineum towards the end of your term, to make it more supple and easier to stretch during labour. By week 38 you can add rose otto oil to this (2 drops for every 5ml coconut oil) or check out our ready made "Ease"..
-Try lying on your back with your thighs at right angles to the floor, and your shins supported on a sofa or chair to help ease back pain. You can do this up to 20 minutes a day to relax & ease tension.
-A happy mum generally means a happy child & often an easier birth. Take time out to de-stress; e.g. have a massage, shiatsu, enjoy a long relaxing warm bath, put your feet up, or watch a sunset. A current client of mine who is due in 3 weeks has found that regular massage really helped with her neck, back pain & sciatica. Call us on 01209 711686 for details.
-Try some gentle exercises. Swimming is useful, as is yoga, pilates and tai chi. Classes can be found at the Wellbeing Centre, Illogan, Porthtowan Village hall & Carn Brea Leisure Centre.
-Morning sickness! Smaller meals more often may help. Try eating a dry biscuit in the morning. Sitting down after you have eaten anything can help too. Ask your health food shop about teas that can reduce sickness safely during pregnancy, or check out the Village shop for some fresh ginger which you can chop up & have in hot water. Add honey & lemon to taste if you fancy.
-If you are thinking of having a caesarean for anything other than health reasons, think again! A study has found that women who have their first baby by caesarean section are twice as likely to suffer a stillbirth with their second. (source WDDTY newsletter 290104.)
-Avoid or cut down on caffeine found in tea, coffee and some fizzy drinks for a safer, healthier pregnancy. Babies born to mums who have a high caffeine intake during pregnancy, are more likely to be jittery, suffer with colic & have difficulty settling.
-Smoking while pregnant is not only detrimental to both your health, but increases the chances of your baby developing hyperactivity & psychiatric illness later on in their life.
-Avoid aspirin because it increases the risk of miscarriage. (source WDDTY newsletter 301003)
-Drinking raspberry leaf tea in the last weeks of pregnancy can help labour
-To encourage contractions, ease pain & stress; rub grapeseed oil with clary sage, jasmin, cedarwood and frankincense essential oils into your back, tummy and feet. It makes a real difference! In addition, resting before you enter the pushing stage of labour has made an easier birth for some, giving you a chance to recharge your batteries.
Enjoy your bump, the ride will be over all too soon & another adventure begins. Next month I will be giving you some post birth advice as well as some top tips on how to care for your little bundle naturally.
Meantime, have fun & be well,
Nicolle Mitchell I.T.E.C., EMBODY, A.C. Registered
ALWAYS CONSULT YOUR AROMATHERAPIST BEFORE USE OF ANY OILS TO ENSURE THEY ARE SAFE FOR YOU TO USE.
This advice is not comprehensive, but meant as guidelines to follow if you choose.
If you would like to indulge in some lovingly hand made 100% natural products designed to make your body beautiful & help ease the birth of your littlun into our world, feel free to give me a call on 01209 711686
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DISCLAIMER: we do not diagnose or guarantee cures. We aim to help people make informed choices about their health. Any changes in lifestyle, diet, mediation, supplementation or remedies, should be taken with your G.P.'s or health professional's support.
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