As I walked back into my office yesterday after lunch, I was overwhelmed by the most horrible smell. It smelled like some chemical bomb had gone off in the building. As it turns out, there is a new nail salon going in downstairs, and they were redoing the floors. Sadly for the rest of us, we were swimming in chemicals and toxins, to the point where our eyes were burning, we were nauseous, and a couple of ladies actually got sick in the ladies room. I am not pregnant, but I am mid-IVF cycle, and the last thing I want to expose all these little growing Nemo-like eggs to is such profoundly toxic chemicals. I hightailed it out of there! It did get me thinking about toxic exposure in preconception and pregnancy, and just how important minimizing toxic exposures are, and I remembered a good resource for toxicity and pregnancy information that I wanted to make sure you knew about. [Read more…]
The whole process of labor and birth of a new baby are pretty incredible. It is also a very intense time, where women are challenged physically and emotionally. There are many ways to support the mama during the process: I am a huge fan of doulas to support both parents, birthing classes such as Bradley method and Hypnobirthing/ Hypnobabies, meditation techniques, water therapies such as birthing tubs, etc. Essential oils are another modality that I believe can make so much difference to the birthing experience. Here are five essential oils to have on hand during labor:-
Happy Fertile Friday!!
I remember when I was pregnant with Valentina having the most debilitating fatigue, especially in the first trimester. I tried to adapt my nutrition as much as possible to help the situation, and I can say it definitely helped. It’s common to feel fatigued during pregnancy because, well, because you’re growing another whole person and that takes energy. The growing baby needs extra nutrition and nature is designed to make provisions for that (potentially at your expense). Hormonal shifts can contribute to fatigue, and the demands on the ever-expanding blood supply can mean that blood pressure can drop and that can lead to reduced energy too.
It’s Fertile Friday again and today I’m excited to introduce to you Stacey Baganz. She is a holistic nutritionist based here in San Diego, CA, and she has some great information for you on keys to optimal wellness before and during pregnancy.
Bringing new life into the world is such an exciting time. I really love to work with women that are pregnant or hope to become so, as I find they have the strongest commitment and willingness to make whatever changes are necessary for the sake of their baby’s health. But for many, navigating the wealth of information out there on diet and supplements can often be overwhelming. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite things to consider before and during pregnancy to ensure optimal wellness for you and your child.
Welcome to Fertile Friday!! For me it’s more like Lyme Friday as I’m at the annual ILADS conference in Fort Lauderdale – the International Lyme and Associated Disease Society. This is the annual get-together for all the Lyme docs to share experiences and knowledge. Since I’m here and thinking about it, I’m going to write and quick post about Lyme disease and pregnancy. [Read more…]
Welcome to Fertile Friday!! Let’s talk about ultrasounds. Specifically, are ultrasounds safe? Ultrasounds have become a routine part of prenatal care, but are they overused, and is there any evidence that ultrasounds are harmful to developing fetuses? [Read more…]
One of the things women ask me who are looking to get pregnant is about heavy metal detoxification, aka chelation. Heavy metals are not necessarily a great thing to have in abundance for women carrying a baby for 40 weeks, and yet there are times when stirring the pot can actually be worse. Here are my thoughts on it. [Read more…]
The general consensus on exercise for most stages of pregnancy is “do during pregnancy what you were doing prior to pregnancy”. Of course there are limits to this – I would not recommend a pregnant woman do marathon training, even if she ran a marathon the year prior to her pregnancy. That might be a little extreme!! But nor should she really start running during a pregnancy if she wasn’t doing any regular exercise prior. So the idea is start now so that once you are pregnant, you will be able to be more active, experience less fatigue, and continue an exercise regimen that can help you during the pregnancy and especially during labor. The owner of the pilates studio I attend did regular pilates throughout her pregnancy and her labor was 3 hours in total, and she pushed the baby out in two pushes. Isn’t that what we would all want? [Read more…]