Chinese medicine during pregnancy: self-care

How to take care of you and your growing babe in utero? During pregnancy increased mineral and nutritional demands are placed on the body. Here are some ways to be healthy naturally during pregnancy and minimise the baby from robbing all the goodies out of you.

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Rest as much as possible

Eat fresh food

Have regular acupuncture and moxa treatment, it is truly restorative for both you and baby

Avoid sugar, alcohol and caffeine

Stay fit, walking, swimming, yoga and Pilates are all good providing they are modified

Avoid cold food, ice and drinks – you need your yang energy to make the baby

I recommend a Weston-price inspired diet for pregnancy full of essential fats, protein and minerals.

Chinese herbs and supplements are very nourishing and protective during pregnancy. Speak to your practitioner about what is best for you. I always recommend Blue Ice fermented cod liver oil, it contains essential fatty acids and omega threes for baby’s brain, bones and teeth.

Protect yourself from people who are draining, pregnancy is a time to self-nourish and surround yourself with loving friends and family.

Talk to your baby and celebrate the miracle that your body is, what an amazing feat for it to grow it’s own baby!

@Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Melbourne, Ivanhoe, Northern suburbs

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