Although one of the most beautiful and miraculous experiences in this world, pregnancy can also yield a lot of mental and physical stress for everybody. Those searching for natural and holistic options during pregnancy can become quickly overwhelmed with all of the conflicting and mis-information available today. At Golden Wings Wellness we provide a safe, comfortable, and knowledgeable environment for expecting families to get all of their questions answered. Our Preconception care program will advise you on essential nutrition, food, herbs and exercise to prepare you and your baby.
Give Your Child a Healthy Start
The instant the sperm and egg combine, a genetic blueprint is formed for the future development of the baby. Hence the health of the egg and the sperm is of crucial importance. After conception, the growth of the embryo is so rapid, unless all the nutrient building blocks are there, ready and waiting, vital stages of development can be compromised.
There is solid scientific evidence that a child’s start in life and health is linked to the health of both the parents. Preconception care takes place before conception. The objective is to reduce conception related risk factors and increase the health of future generations. Naturopathy manages preconception care very well, by addressing the cause, not just the symptom of illness. By ensuring health issues of both partners are addressed prior to conception, you can improve the health of your baby even before prenatal care!
In the first trimester the foetal mass increases 2.5 million times!!! This phenomenal rate of growth has exceptional nutritional requirements. Often a woman does not know she is pregnant until week 6. Vital events such as cell differentiation and organogenesis are happening all this time that she does not know she is pregnant!
You can only ensure that your body is fit to reproduce successfully if you have prepared it well for several months before conception. If you are planning to start a family, there is no better gift to your unborn child than a healthy start.
Postpartum care is a topic not given much attention when it involves healing. The first two weeks in postpartum care are critical, and the only things a mama should worry about is making milk and letting her body heal.
Here are a few tips to help during this important period.
1. Fill Your Freezer
Before the baby comes it is important to make meals that freeze easily. This will not only save you money from buying take out food from restaurants, but the meals will be healthier and mealtimes will be less stressful.
2. Ask for Help
Schedule as much help as you can get during the first couple of weeks. Let mothers, sisters, aunts, friends or others help you.
3. Take it Easy
Our body’s ability to birth is amazing, but as women we must take special precautions during the first couple of weeks to ensure we do not overtax our bodies and cause long term damage. The muscles in the pelvic region are loose, because for months the uterus with the baby moved and stretched them out of place. It is better to lay low than to require a bladder lift down the road because you did not take care of your body for a few short weeks.
4. Use Herbs
Herbal sitz baths with a variety herbs are highly recommended because the herbs are soothing and healing. Here is a list of herbs to use during the healing process:
- Lavender (healing, soothing)
- Garlic (healing, anti microbial)
- Sea Salt (healing, astringent)
- Comfrey Leaf (tissue healing)
- Calendula Flowers (soothing, tissue healing)
- UvaUrsi (astringent)
5. Belly Band
Have a belly band on hand, and use it to hold up your stomach muscles that are loose and need support.
6. Raw Honey
Raw honey is a must have on my postpartum care list. The raw honey has antimicrobial properties, and is perfect to put on your pads while you are still bleeding. I know it sounds sticky and gross, but the relief it provides feels amazing, especially after pushing out a baby.
7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is great to use to massage your baby. The Coconut oil also works great to use on the baby’s bum, especially when the baby has those first sticky meconium poops.
8. Placenta Encapsulation
The placenta is fortified with hormones to help reduce bleeding after birth, improve milk supply, and cope better with the hormonal changes.
What Are The Benefits Of Placenta Encapsulation?
It is believed that consuming the placenta can:
-Help to balance your hormones
-Replenish depleted iron levels
-Assist the uterus to return to its pre-pregnancy state
-Reduce post-natal bleeding
-Increase milk production – this has been proven in a study
-Make for a happier, more enjoyable post-natal period
-Increase your energy levels
Baby blues can effect up to 80% of women within the first week of birth. Women who consume their placenta report fewer emotional issues and a more enjoyable babymoon.
Feel free to call our office at (858)337.4513 if you need a referral for your Placenta Encapsulation.