How to Have a Natural Pregnancy (Part 2)

This is part two of a two-part article. See part 1 here.

We began our discussion of natural pregnancy by considering how to choose a medical provider.  We then touched upon which ultrasounds and scans are necessary, as well as things to consider when conceiving later in life. You’re probably not surprised to learn that there is much more to the topic.

Preventing Group B Strep (GBS) Infection

Approximately 25% of women carry a bacteria called Group B Strep (GBS), which lives in the vagina or rectum. When pregnant, there is potential for the mother to pass the disease to the newborn during delivery. 1 in 2,000 babies will be affected, which can create serious or life-threatening complications.

Screening for GBS takes place between weeks 35 to 37.

Today’s conventional modern approach to medicine consists of giving women intravenous antibiotics that kill the [...]

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How to Have a Natural Pregnancy

This is part one of a two-part series.
Some people might find the term “natural pregnancy” perplexing. Perhaps you are asking, “Aren’t all pregnancies natural?”

You are right. Pregnancy is a natural process. Yet, many things have changed since that very first woman brought a baby to her arms centuries ago. While we’ve enjoyed countless advancements in medicine, many modern practices for monitoring a pregnancy have veered from a natural path, becoming unnecessary and or even invasive.

For expectant moms who want to preserve the beauty of a more natural pregnancy and birth, there are many different routes. It starts with educating yourself on the options you have as well as choosing providers who prioritize a more natural approach to medicine. Knowing more about your options and leveraging the power of a healthy diet lessens the need for unnecessary medical intervention.

As [...]

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Preparing to Conceive: Diet Changes to Boost Fertility

If the joys of motherhood are beckoning, now is the time to start preparing the body to conceive. Carrying your baby is a beautiful experience. You and your husband will create a life, and then that life will grow within you for nine whole months.

What the body can accomplish never ceases to amaze.

In order to become pregnant and create the most nourishing environment for your baby, it’s important to make several changes today. Parents realize the importance of the first several years for cognitive development. Too often we discount the power of the first nine months.

You control the environment that your baby will start their life in. Research shows the importance of the nine months in the womb for development. A baby’s brain and nervous system are some of the first systems to start developing. Your body’s relationship with [...]

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Expecting? Lifestyle Changes You Need to Make Today

Throughout the entire pregnancy, your body is going to go through remarkable changes to grow your baby. All of the systems of your body work together to account for your second little heartbeat. From an increased respiratory rate to increasing blood volume to hormone adjustments, the body accomplishes remarkable feats during pregnancy.

If you have been following the Standard American Diet (SAD) and related lifestyle, you are going to need to go through adjustments to give your body the best tools to do what it’s designed to do: nourish your baby. In America, our typical diet is filled with toxins and chemicals harmful to a growing fetus. You need to work to remove those sources and replace them with nourishing food.

Typically, when clients are looking to conceive, we start slowly adding in the changes to your lifestyle. If you are [...]

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Diet & Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Today, in this modern world of Western medicine and technology, we have experienced a drastic rise in diseases that were unheard of several decades ago. One such disease that has been growing exponentially is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

PCOS is a disorder that affects a woman’s endocrine system (reproductive system being the system that shows the most symptoms). This condition causes symptoms that can include excruciating menstrual cycles, painful ovarian cysts, infertility, weight gain, acne, male baldness patterns, and facial hair.

30 years ago, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) was fairly unknown and diagnosis was almost nonexistent. Today, statistics from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) indicate that around 10% of women are affected. That percentage is most likely lower than the actual number of women suffering from PCOS, as only those struggling with infertility or experiencing painful or difficult symptoms seek [...]

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Increasing Fertility: Household Items to Watch Out For

In our modern world, there are countless ways to come into contact with toxins and chemicals, substances that are damaging to our health. As you work toward preparing your body for conception, or as you actively try to conceive, it is important to cleanse the body of harmful substances. This will help increase your fertility as well as prepare a healthy environment for your baby to grow in.

Typically, when individuals think of removing harmful substances, they limit their search to items found in the pantry. Moving toward healthier eating is a very important step, but is only half the equation.

You absorb as many toxins through your skin as you do from the foods you eat. These are so many items that you come in contact with throughout the day. From washing your hands to getting dressed in the morning, [...]

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Baby Bumps: How to Lower Your Baby’s Risk of Autism

As expectant mothers we have a vital opportunity to create a safe environment as our baby grows. Once you find out that you are pregnant, you start to make positive changes: you start taking a prenatal vitamin, you increase your folic acid, you cut out alcohol and maybe your morning coffee as well.

These are all positive steps. However, creating a clean environment for your baby to grow in requires more than simply adding a few vitamins.

Several years ago, it was thought that these steps were enough to ensure a successful pregnancy. Now we know that whatever the mother is exposed to, the baby may be exposed to as well. As an expectant mom, you need to incorporate a holistic approach to your overall health. This protects your baby from numerous hazardous chemicals that we are exposed to as part [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Part 5

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
– Part 2 Let’s talk about diet 
– Part 3 How to navigate the supermarket 
– Part 4 What to eat when suffering from GD 
Supplements To Manage GD And Tips To Fight Cravings
There is very little research done on pregnant women because, as you can imagine, it is unethical to conduct tests on pregnant women. There are though several supplements that have been used for years on pregnant women and are regarded as safe.

My advice is to work with a professional who will help you find what your body needs specifically. A practitioner trained in disorders of blood sugar metabolism will be able to support all three organs of blood sugar, gently and safely for you and baby.

If you were to use food as [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Part 4

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
– Part 2 Let’s talk about diet 
– Part 3 How to navigate the supermarket 
What To Eat When Suffering From GD
Let’s see what kind of carbohydrates a woman suffering from Gestational Diabetes should eat. When we hear the word carbohydrate, we tend to think about grains, breads, cereals, bagels, and we forget that fruits and vegetables are also carbohydrate foods.

When the diagnosis of GD is made, women are advised to keep their carbohydrate intake below 15 grams per meal and they are counseled into counting carbs. Unfortunately this advice does not keep into consideration biochemical individuality and what works for a one woman, may not work for another.

There are some women who can manage their blood sugar while eating a little bit of [...]

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Gestational Diabetes – Part 3

In case you missed it:
– Part 1 What is it and how to test
– Part 2 Let’s talk about diet 
How To Navigate The Supermarket
Remember that during pregnancy you are building a human being “from scratch”. To build a healthy baby you need to consume high quality proteins and fats. I would like all of my pregnant clients to eat foods as they come in nature, as close as they can get to their natural state.

One trustworthy principle I always tell my clients (pregnant and not) is to remember that real food doesn’t come in a box.  Real food is what you find along the perimeter of a supermarket, the fruits and veggies, the dairy, the fish, the beef and other animal products, the eggs, the butter, the olive oil.

When we enter the aisles of the supermarkets, [...]