Plan Ahead for a Healthy Pregnancy

Plan Ahead for a Healthy Pregnancy

– Nadia Gazzi

When you plan ahead for a healthy pregnancy and make sure both partners are in optimal health, you give your unborn child the best possible start in life… and every one wants that, don’t they?

Most couples fall into one of two groups: healthy couples who are not anticipating any difficulties falling pregnant or carrying a baby to term; and couples who know that there is a potential problem due to past history or an existing condition. We’re not miracle workers, but we can help you create the perfect environment for a healthy pregnancy, so let’s look at both groups separately.

 The healthy couple:  Experience tells us that when it comes to fertility the common definition of “healthy” does not guarantee an easy and immediate conception. We find people are delaying having families, which is a lot later than the biological clock warrants. Modern lifestyles are also making it harder than what you may realise. And men’s health at this stage of the process is extremely important. This is why it is advisable that both partners are working on their health with exercise, nutrition, and stress management. Regular acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbal supplements have a good reputation for fertility support.

The problem pregnancy: Even when the woman presents with a history of miscarriages, Poly-Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) or unexplained infertility, we like to treat both partners, because good sperm quality will help immensely to improve the likelihood of a successful pregnancy.

If you have a western medical diagnosis, we begin with that. We will also look at your overall health in our Chinese medicine way, suggest lifestyle choices, and try to work out where your system is blocked. The blockage can be caused by an emotional energy such as stress, fear and anxiety or  physically, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts. In either case, it’s a good time to talk to us.

Two women, same problem, different treatments: Because our body constitutions are so varied, we often find that similar symptoms have different causes and therefore require different treatments. Interestingly, we find we have a higher success rate in treating unexplained infertility – it usually takes 3 months for your body to get ready for pregnancy. So please be patient and give your body a chance.

Please refer to our fertility page for more guidance, advice and information.

 

Using the Abdomen for Diagnosis

Using the Abdomen for Diagnosis

 – by Alice Louey

The abdomen provides a lot of information upon gentle palpation.  I use this when there are digestive, stress, energy, menstrual or fertility issues to identify specific areas that need treatment.  Treatment may involve a number of different modalities:  moxa,  cupping,  acupuncture,  shiatsu/acupressure releases,  and/or Chinese herbal formulas.  

Temperature Variations: Most people who come in with the above issues don’t realise that they may have temperature variations in their abdomen which can indicate areas where there may be energy blockages. Palpation identifies these variations and helps your practitioner diagnose and address the source of your symptoms.

Tight Areas: Often people have become so used to feeling tightness under their ribs that they assume this is normal and may not even notice it. Actually it’s a result of stress which can also cause bloating. Stress can cause blockages/stagnation within the body and can be resolved by treatment with herbs, massage, and acupuncture to improve energy flow. Treatment can help clients feel more comfortable and look slimmer.

Tender Areas: In some cases even gentle pressure on the abdomen causes sensitivity. Again, this can be a sign of some kind of blockage/stagnation within the body and is often associated with symptoms such as digestive problems and menstrual pain which can be associated with stress and fertility concerns.

Depending on how deeply ingrained the pattern of disharmony has become and how long it has been present, sometimes things resolve within a single treatment session, while at other times it may take a course of treatments.  As always, treatments are individualised for each client. In addition to the treatment you receive at the clinic you will often be offered personalised advice on diet, self-massage, acupressure, herbal prescriptions and other opportunities to help your body heal faster.

Celebrating each Baby!

Celebrating each Baby!

Really, the baby pictures say it all!

Healthy and happy babies.

Since this month’s focus is on using Traditional Chinese Medicine to naturally promote and maintain the health of mother and baby through pregnancy and childbirth, we thought we’d showcase some of our delightful results.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is drug free, gentle and very beneficial for the well being of both mother and child.

Aren’t they precious!

 

Please refer to our fertility page for more guidance, support and information.

 

 

Mens Issues – Stress Cases and Mens Health

Stress sometimes seems like a catch all diagnosis for many mens issues. Let’s look at some real life presentations and solutions.

Veijo was having trouble sleeping, seemed to catch every cold or virus that went around, was feeling really stressed and generally tired all the time. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) these are classic symptoms of blockages in energy flow and I saw specific areas where this was the case so I recommended acupuncture treatments and Chinese herbs to unblock these areas and allow his natural energy to flow.

Within a week Veijo was feeling less stressed and sleeping better which improved his energy levels. By following a simple program of regular acupuncture and Chinese herbs, plus some dietary therapy changes, meditation and regular exercise (2-3 times per week) his other symptoms improved dramatically.

 

What part does the man’s stress and health play in a couple’s fertility?

Craig came with his wife while they were taking a break from IVF treatments. His sperm count, morphology and motility were at the lower end of the normal range. He was clearly only in our clinic at his wife’s urging, but he was willing to implement the treatments we suggested – Chinese herbs, acupuncture and vitamins.

After 3 months of treatment his sperm count, morphology and motility had improved significantly. A month later Craig and his wife were pregnant – naturally!  Their TCM treatment saved them tens of thousands of dollars as well as the stress of IVF.

Please refer to our fertility page for more guidance, support and information.

Related Mens Issues Reading:

Men’s Health

Men’s Health: Don’t take it for granted

Conditions We Treat

Focus on Fertility and Postpartum Health

Focus on Fertility and Postpartum Health

Client Stories for preconception and postpartum health.

Since fertility is a very personal and sensitive issue all names have been altered in the following stories. We hope these stories help you understand your fertility and health better.

Stress, Irregular Periods, and Preconception Treatment

Sarah and her partner were keen to conceive, but had been trying for several months without success. When Sarah came to us she was stressed and anxious on many levels – busy at work, frustrated that the months were passing and she wasn’t pregnant, and worried that she would never have a child because her periods were irregular.

With a course of acupuncture and a personalised mix of Chinese herbs she is now sleeping well, feeling more relaxed, eating better – and her periods are becoming more regular. She is confident that she will conceive naturally now that her health and life are more balanced.

Postnatal Detox and Lactation

Pregnancy and birth may be a natural part of life, but they definitely take a toll on your body! So there is a very real need to take care of your postpartum health.

Jane was having trouble producing enough milk, had lost her sense of smell and taste, as well as her appetite, and was constantly exhausted.

It was clear that her body needed to detoxify before her milk supply would increase, and we were anxious for her baby not to become too dependent on formula.

After 2 weeks of treatment with acupuncture and medicinal herbs her appetite has returned, she is able to taste food again, and enjoy the smell of her newborn. Her energy has increased and she is feeling better on every level.

Even more exciting, her milk supply has dramatically increased and mother and baby are both thriving.