last updated 12 April 2018
Acupuncture is very effective of course, but there are also things you can do yourself to help take the edge off of morning sickness
How to Eat to Help Relieve Morning Sickness
I often get asked for help by mother’s on how to increase your milk supply. The first question is to determine if it is in fact in need of increasing. You will need to monitor your baby’s weight. This is crucial in the early days and weeks. Note that the longer your milk supply has been low, the longer it will take to build it back up.
Recurring Cystitis (also known as Urinary Tract Infections- UTI’s) when you’re pregnant can become a big problem for some women. My clients are also usually trying to be as healthy as they can because they are pregnant and they don’t want to have to end up frequently taking lots of antibiotics. We frequently get enquiries for help with cystitis and everyone always ask if there is anything they can do in addition to the acupuncture to help prevent cystitis. If you suffer regularly from Cystitis and you’d like some things you can do on your own to help prevent it from happening, then read on for a list of effective measures you can take. In addition to doing your best to keep the area clean (ie: always wiping front to back) there are dietary changes you can implement.
-Make sure your fluid intake is the proper amount for you. Your urine should be clear, have a yellow hue, but not dark yellow or cloudy and murky. It should not have a strong smell either. Visit here for an infographic showing healthy and unhealthy urine colours. Plenty of fluids going through your urinary tract system will help prevent cystitis by flushing out any lingering bacteria.
-Drink barley water regularly. This can be considered part of the daily fluid intake mentioned above. Barley water has long been used to prevent cystitis and it’s quick and simple to make yourself. Just boil one litre of water with one handful of pearl barley. Let it gently simmer and reduce down to about half the liquid. Strain and then drink the liquid. You can drink it warm or when it has cooled down, it’s your preference. Add a squeeze of lemon juice. It’s pretty bland tasting, but you can also sweeten it with a little touch honey of you like.
-Drink cranberry juice. This is the most commonly known natural way to prevent Cystitis / Urinary Tract Infections. Studies have shown that cranberry juice inhibits the ability of bacteria to adhere to the lining of the bladder. Two glasses of unsweetened cranberry juice a day is the recommended dose.
-Add Blueberries to your diet, they have a similar action to that of cranberries. Eat them fresh with some plain natural yoghurt or put some blueberries in your cereal or even in your salad.
-Avoid coffee (both decaffeinated and with caffeine) as coffee is a bladder irritant.
-Avoid sugar because it lowers the immune response and you are trying to combat bacteria to prevent cystitis.
-Eat garlic and onions. They are both naturally antibiotic.
-Drink a juice combination of cranberry, pineapple and apple as recommended by Jason Vale, popularly known as the juice master. Check out his recipe for Cystitis / UTI’s here. Or drink a green juice daily consisting of celery, parsley, spinach and green apple. This will help reduce acidity and calm an irritated bladder.
last updated 12 April 2018
My clients are always asking me if there is anything they can do on their own between pregnancy acupuncture sessions and I think pregnancy yoga is ideal.
No previous yoga experience is necessary, but a reputable Yoga studio will usually require you to be at least 14 or 15 weeks pregnant. What I think is really great about attending pregnancy yoga classes is that you will find support and camaraderie with people who are going through a similar pregnancy experience. Sharing yoga with like-minded people, you will emerge from pregnancy yoga classes feeling renewed, nourished, inspired and utterly supported during your pregnancy. You will take home some valuable tools and ideas with you. You’ll also make some great friends you can enjoy your upcoming maternity leave with.
Pregnancy is a wonderful time to practice yoga. Specialised pregnancy yoga classes will help a woman both emotionally and physically. helping her to release any tension in the body while also helping to ease emotional changes while bringing balance and a feeling of groundedness.
There are many changes happening during pregnancy such as hormonal and structural changes in her body. Therefore a woman needs to be gently facilitated through specially modified set of yoga movements that support both Mum and Baby as you move through each stage.
Pregnancy yoga is a wonderful way to also bond with unborn baby. Through some very gentle breathing practices, you will learn relaxation while also learning to prepare for birth through the breath and visualisation.
In Clane: www.breathingplace.ie
In Celbridge: www.yogaessence.ie
In Lucan, Dublin: www.barefootyogastudio.ie
Having to buy a whole new wardrobe for your increasing pregnant belly can be daunting and expensive. What should you get, what will you really need? I always suggest getting a pair of black maternity trousers because they can be dressed up or down and be worn to work or when you’re out and about and want to feel a little dressy. And depending on your lifestyle, a pair of leggings and or jeans is a good choice. You can always wear cardigans you already own, there’s no need to button them up. Most pregnant women feel warmer with all the extra progesterone and the bump to carry around anyway. Get yourself a couple of tops either long or short sleeve depending on the season. A new bigger bra to fit your larger pregnancy bosom and expanding ribcage is a must, usually needed earlier than you might think. And definitely get some underwear that fits comfortably. Add in a nice pair of flats and accessories you already have and you’re good to go!
From this Monday 5th May, if you’re interested LIDL have maternity clothes on sale. I suggest you go early Monday as it’s a limited stock and they tend to sell out quickly. They’ve got maternity leggings for just €5.99 in a few colours in sizes Small through Large. It also says the leggings “relieve the abdomen and back through incorporated support band sections”. And the material is “aloe-vera infused for a velvety feel.” I’m not sure what that means, I’ve never heard of that before, but it certainly sounds nice. They also will have 2 different styles of maternity trousers priced at €6.99 again sizes Small through Large. The trousers have an “extra-long turn over top waistband for improved comfort during pregnancy”. There’s also a cute short sleeved dress made of viscose for just €7.99 available in 3 different colours and a tank top for only €4.99 made with “soft single jersey material” offered in 3 different colours and a stripe pattern on one (perfect for summer). And 3 different styles of short sleeved tops priced at €6.99 also offered in a few colours.
At these prices you could get one in every colour! There’s also an “easy, one-handed opening and closing” nursing bra for €5.99. The rule of thumb when you’re pregnant is to buy a bra at least one size up from what you were before you were pregnant. Check out www.lidl.ie for a look at the maternity styles.
A few other shops with great pregnancy clothes that are affordable is Next and H & M. Next have a great selection of maternity jeans and H & M even have a maternity swimsuit. Both shops are great for some stylish and affordable pregnancy pieces. You can look and buy online at www.nextdirect.ie and www.hm.com/ie/