Pregnancy is an exciting and special time, however there can be occasional speed bumps along the way. Taking steps to maximise your health and support your body throughout pregnancy can result in a more comfortable pregnancy and help to prepare for birth.
At Ryde Natural Health Clinic we have a team who can assist all aspects of your Pregnancy Care, every step of the way throughout your pregnancy.
Acupuncture & Traditional Chinese Medicine
Our Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners know that making sure that you and your baby go through a healthy pregnancy is of utmost importance. While pregnancy is undoubtably one of the most exciting times, there are often some uncomfortable or difficult to manage symptoms that may present along the way. Out TCM practitioners utilise acupuncture and herbal medicine to help manage a range of pregnancy related symptoms including:
- Nausea and vomiting, or ‘morning sickness’
- Placenta previa
- Fatigue, exhaustion and low energy levels
- Mood-swings or emotional volatility – anxiety and depression
- Nasal congestion and sinusitis
- Babies in Breech or posterior position
- Fluid-retention or oedema
Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to help achieve smooth-sailing throughout your pregnancy. Acupuncture is a method often recommended and trusted by midwives and is beneficial during all stages of pregnancy including:
- Pre-birth to ease your body into the process of labour (especially recommended for those who are wanting a natural delivery)
- Natural labour induction
- Post-natal (for after-pains and cramps etc.)
You can find out more about TCM and our practitioners by clicking here.
Chiropractic, Osteopathy, Physiotherapy & Clinical Pilates
Our Chiropractors, Osteopaths, Physiotherapists and Clinical Pilates instructors can help you to prepare your body physically for the changes that will occur during pregnancy.
Our Chiropractors and Osteopaths work in a gentle yet effective way to free you from the aches and pains that develop in your back and joints as your baby grows, headaches, reflux and much more. In preparing for birth, seeing a Chiropractor or Osteopath regularly may assist with proper pelvic alignment and optimal foetal positioning
Our Physiotherapists & Clinical Pilates instructors can guide you through a series of exercises to take the stress off your back and pelvic floor, reduce urinary incontinence (if present) and help position your baby for delivery.
Massage is generally used to improve overall health by reducing stress, relieving muscle tension and improving blood circulation and lymph flow. During pregnancy, it not only feels incredible to get aches and pains eased away (not to mention being able to lie face down!), but massage increases serotonin and dopamine levels – this in turn decreases those hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin which cause us to become anxious, stressed, and fatigued. Massage during pregnancy can help to:
- Reduce anxiety and relieve the all too common muscle aches and joint pains
- Improve labour outcomes and newborn health
- Assist in hormone regulation
- Reduce swelling and fluid retention
- Improve nerve pain – particularly sciatic nerve pain, often caused by tight glute and lower back muscles
- Improve quality of sleep
- Increase oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles, allowing them to expand fully and flexibly
Find out more about Remedial Massage here.
Naturopathy uses both traditional and the most recent evidence-based methods to reach your health, through nutrition and supplements. A healthy body and mind means a healthy pregnancy, and a healthy baby. Nutrition is fundamental!
During pregnancy, balancing your diet to suit your individual needs is crucial in order to balance hormones, placing the emphasis on nourishing your own body so that you are better able to nourish a growing body inside you.
It’s also vital to reach and maintain your perfect weight and ensure adequate vitamin and mineral stores. Many women suffer with erratic hormone levels, caused by so many factors – this can include stress, a poor diet, working long hours, missing precious sleep, all the way to physiological conditions like PCOS and endometriosis. Therefore, during pregnancy it is imperative you get on top of what you put in your body.
Our Naturopaths can oversee and guide your dietary habits and supplements schedule to ensure your body is well nourished to support both you and your baby.
Find out more about Naturopathy here.