Pre/Post – Natal Nutrition & Balancing
Fertility & Pre-Natal Care
You may be concerned that you can’t become pregnant or you may have been trying unsuccessfully for months. Perhaps you are considering IVF or have started treatment.
It’s often difficult to find the guidance and support you need during this challenging time. You may be in need of an explanation, some reassurance and simple practical solutions around how you can help yourself and increase your chances of falling pregnant. Stress and the power of the mind over our body can be the biggest blocks to a successful pregnancy.
In Sync Health seeks to identify factors affecting your ability to conceive and ensure that both parties are in optimum health prior to conception. Using Kinesiology, Kimberly addresses the following concerns and more:
- Ovulation problems
- Menstrual symptoms
- Pelvic stress
- Polycystic ovaries
- Prepares the body for conception
- Stress relief & relaxation
- Support before, during & after IVF
- Managing expectations
- Negative thoughts
- Nutritional support
- Pelvic floor muscles
- Postnatal depression
- Post-partum recovery
- Regulating milk supply
- Relationship issues
- Relaxation & stress relief
- Anxiety & Fear
- Body image
- Confidence & self-esteem
- Congestion & sinusitis
- Coping strategies
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Gestational diabetes
- Heartburn and reflux
- Hormonal imbalance
- Morning sickness
- Nutritional deficiencies and toxicities
- Pain, (back, hips, neck, ribs, sciatica etc)
- Pelvic stress & imbalances
- Sleep disorders
- Stress relief
- Birth trauma
- Blood flow to the uterus
- Calms the mind, body and soul
- Clears emotional blockages
- Endometrium problems
- Hormonal balancing
- Regulates menstruation
During Your Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of enormous change that can ignite fear and anxiety around the stages of pregnancy. From hospital visits, tests, changing shape and discomfort through to labouring, birthing, needles, breastfeeding and parenting. For many women it is the single biggest period of change, not only on a physical level, it is challenging emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Many feel unprepared for the road ahead. Pregnancy can trigger emotional issues and memories from the past, leaving expectant mothers out of balance or in a state of overwhelm. This can be accompanied by little or no conscious awareness as to why they feel the way they do.
Society expects women to rejoice and celebrate their pregnancy, an added pressure for those who may feel quite differently. Pregnancy can transport us back to the time of our own birth, being one of the most stressful events in our lives. It is no wonder that so many experience fear, uncertainty and self-doubt which can manifest in physical symptoms.
In Sync Health aims to create a safe space to help you to connect with your inner wisdom where your beliefs and fears surrounding pregnancy, birth and beyond can be expressed and released.
On a structural level, Kimberly can assist with gently balancing your pelvis and surrounding tissue in preparation for childbirth. Due to the holistic nature of Kinesiology, working with structure often helps to alleviate some of your emotional and mental concerns and vice versa. Nutritional deficiencies can also be detected and addressed. After your session, you will leave feeling calm and relaxed which will directly benefit your baby. Your energies can then be focused towards accessing your own inner strength and the belief in the power and incredible ability of your body. It is also possible to connect with your baby in utero to enhance bonding or to address any stress or imbalances before they enter the world. This is something you’re welcome to request during your Kinesiology consultation.
Congratulations! You’ve made it through pregnancy and labour. Now for the next challenge, parenting!
Women are often unprepared for the physical and emotional changes they face post-baby. It’s easy to become fixated on labour and childbirth without considering how you might feel afterwards. The postpartum recovery period varies in length and intensity from one person to the next. Feelings of depression may occur immediately after childbirth or symptoms may emerge over the course of the next 12 months or so.
Adjusting to new sleep patterns, new roles and relationship changes leaves many new parents feeling overwhelmed, foggy and unclear. Amongst other things, it is not uncommon to experience exhaustion, resentment, self-doubt, boredom or a loss of identity. Through Kinesiology, Kimberly seeks to bring you back into a calm state of alignment where you can make clear, considered choices and trust your own instincts when it comes to parenting. She will help to restore your confidence as you adjust to your new role and help to navigate you through the minefield that is parenting. If you feel that your energy levels need a boost, Kimberly can certainly work with you to enhance your vitality and help eliminate some of the daily stresses and strains as well as the uncertainty you face as you work through the myriad of conflicting advice!
In terms of your physical recovery, Kimberly can assist with mastitis, regulating milk supply, postnatal depression and balancing pelvic stress and pelvic floor muscles following delivery. And importantly, help you get some good quality sleep! You are of course welcome to bring your baby along with you to your Kinesiology consultation.
What Are The Nutritional Needs During Pregnancy?
Your body goes through numerous physical and hormonal changes during pregnancy. The way you nourish your body during this time will affect your health and your baby’s. You must eat a healthful, balanced diet to help ensure you stay healthy throughout your pregnancy. The food you eat is your baby’s main source of nourishment, so it’s critical to consume foods that are rich in nutrients. Proper nutrition can help promote your baby’s growth and development.
By following some fairly easy nutrition guidelines, you can be on your way to a healthy pregnancy. Source
How Adequate Nutrition Supports A Healthy Pregnancy
Building a healthy placenta, a strong uterus and a healthy baby, as well as protecting maternal nutitional stores, all rely on the mother’s dietary intake. Blood volume expansion makes adequate placental development possible. From a nutritional perspective, this means adequate protein and fluids to produce extra blood, as well as energy (calories) for the expression of hormones that direct placental development. Produced by the implantation of the embryo’s circulatory mechanism into the uterine circulation, the placenta is the locus of nutrient exchange between mother and fetus.
Oxygen, carbon dioxide, water, electrolytes and many vitamins and minerals are exchanged across the placental barrier–or membrane–by simple, or passive, diffusion. These substances flow from greater to lesser concentration. Nutrients in this category need to be present in sufficient quantities in the mother’s blood stream for simple diffusion to be effective. Glucose is transported by facilitated diffusion, as the fetus must have glucose for energy. It is aided in its transport across the placental barrier by its molecular configuration, even if maternal concentration is not much greater than fetal concentration. Without adequate energy, placental development is stunted, placing the baby at risk. Certain nutrients–amino acids, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and vitamin B6–require active transport, an energy-requiring system. If these are not present in quantities that are adequate for both mother and baby, the fetus will use maternal stores, placing the mother at risk. If quantities are too low, both will suffer.
The uterus must grow from the size of a pear to that of a watermelon, and yet maintain the strength required for eight, twelve, or more hours of labor. To do this, the collagen that connects the multipennate muscle fibers of the uterus must stretch and the fibers themselves must maintain integrity. Protein, iron, zinc and vitamin C are particularly important with respect to these aspects of uterine development and activity.
Adequate maternal calorie and protein consumption are the primary concerns in assuring there is sufficient nutrition to create a healthy baby . These are essential to prevent low birth weight, a small for gestational age (SGA) baby, pre-term delivery and a number of other conditions. Good nutrition–that is, nutrition containing adequate amounts of a range of nutrients–is essential to produce optimal brain and organ development, as well as important functions such as storage of iron in the fetal liver.
The effects of poor nutrition in the first trimester include poor fetal development, a lighter and smaller placenta, prematurity and low birth weight, lower Apgar scores and maternal anemia. During the second and third trimester, poor nutrition has a negative effect on the baby’s growth, including development of the nervous system, and contributes to pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH). The state of maternal nutrition in the months leading up to pregnancy also plays a role in fetal development, such as the need for adequate folic acid . A deficiency can result in impaired cell division, megaloblastic anemia, and a number of sequellae including fetal malformation (including neural tube defects), spontaneous abortion, eclampsia, pre-term delivery, SGA and prenatal hemorrhage .
The fetus places substantial demands on the mother’s body during pregnancy. The liver must produce albumin, the osmotic substance that draws fluid from cells into the blood stream in order to produce the large blood volume required to sustain a placenta and fetus. The kidneys work to filter the additional blood volume. The brain and glands produce high levels of reproductive hormones. Raw materials are needed for the array of metabolic functions required in pregnancy, and adequate nutrition protects maternal health by protecting her energy resources. Source
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