If you are planning a pregnancy you and your partner should consider the following tips in order to have a healthy pregnancy, delivery and health baby.
Visit your naturopath for pre-conception health assessments ideally at least 4 months prior to conception to:
- Ensure your own body’s optimum nutritional status before conception
- Regulate menstrual cycleAssist with period pain
- Alleviate PMT
- Promote healthy endometrium thereby optimizing viable implantation of fertilized egg.
- Treat infertility, PCOS, or any other abnormality that may interfere with fertilisation and embryo development.
Your naturopath can also assist you during the Pregnancy by:
- Providing emotional support and information.
- Ensuring optimal nutritional status of mother and baby.
- Supporting and helping to alleviate minor complications of pregnancy such as morning sickness and constipation.
- Promote strength of the uterine muscle to prepare for labour.
- Promote energy levels.
Herbs for a Healthy Pregnancy,Labour & Delivery
Raspberry is a popular fruit and the leaves have been used as a medicinal herb for centuries. It is thought to have many varied properties including those that are beneficial for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Women believe that it will shorten labour and make the birth easier. The use of this herb for remedial purposes dates back to the sixth century and its benefits in childbirth have been recorded as a proven aid in maternity in the most ancient of herbal books.
Raspberry leaf, if taken regularly through pregnancy and labour can:
- Ease the symptoms of morning sickness
- Sooth and prevent bleeding gums which many pregnant women often experience
- Relax the smooth muscles of the uterus when it is contracting
- Assist with the birth of the baby and the placenta.
- Calm cramping of the uterus.
- It provides a rich source of iron, calcium, manganese and magnesium. The magnesium content is especially helpful in strengthening the uterine muscles. Raspberry leaf also contains vitamins B1, B3 and E which are valuable in pregnancy.
- To aid fertility.
- To help stop excess bleeding after birth.
- To promote a plentiful supply of breast milk.
- To regulate irregular menstrual cycle and decreases heavy periods.
- To relieve sore throats.
- To treat diarrhoea.
- To reduce fever.
How is Raspberry leaf taken?
Raspberry leaf can be taken in tablet form, teabags, loose leaf tea, or as a tincture. You should consult a trained health care provider regarding the type of preparation and what dosage to take. I prefer to use a tincture formula and include other uterine support herbs that enhance energy levels and enrich the blood, in preparation for the birth of the baby.
Raspberry leaf is best commenced in the last trimester of pregnancy and continued through to after the birth of the baby.
For more information on fertility or pre and post natal care, talk to Central Coast Naturopath & Registerd Nurse Jill Meredith. Jill has had extensive experience in treating infertility and assisting many women to achieve a healthy pregnancy and success with healthy babies.
You can contact Jill for an appointment by phoning 02 4344 2704.Tags: baby, fertility, herbal medicine, naturopath, pregnancy