women's health and services

Fertility, Pregnacy and Your Diet

Acupuncture has an excellent success rate with fertility issues for both women and men for whom western medical fertility treatments weren’t successful, or for women looking for a less invasive approach. In many cases where fertility treatment has not been successful it is commonly the diet that is at fault. In order to maximize the success of fertility treatments patients are advised that the following are absolute contraindications during pregnancy, or if having difficulty getting pregnant.

  • Ice in drinks
  • Cold foods including salads
  • Raw foods including salads
  • Studying too much
  • Overwork
  • Over thinking
  • Eating dinner late at night
  • Chili, garlic and onion
  • Stressful news or movies

All the above tax the energetics of the Spleen which is responsible for maintaining the pregnancy, or the Stomach from which all fluids and vital nourishment are derived. Also, pregnancy cannot occur in a cold uterus. Ideally the first and last trimester should be spent away from work.

Pregnancy and Acupuncture

Acupuncture can address various imbalances or discomforts that may occur during the course of pregnancy, such as nausea, fatigue, etc. Acupuncture can also be used to:

  • Encourage a breech or transverse baby into the head-down position in preparation for birth.
  • Help begin labor if pregnancy has gone significantly pass the estimated due date. (Generally, it is wise to wait for labor to begin on its own, which allows baby to signal when he or she is ready to begin life outside the womb.  However, if you are facing a situation in which you may be forced to induce labor or to have a C-section because you are past your EDD, contact me and we can discuss the possibility of using acupuncture to encourage the onset of labor).
  • Increase breastmilk supply postpartum with appropriate dietary supports.
  • Help with clogged mammary ducts and mastitis. 

Post-Partum Care

(coming soon)

Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby

Healthy mothering is a passion of mine and I believe that breastfeeding is the single most important factor to a baby's physical and emotional development. This is a huge responsibility, because everything that a breastfeeding mother puts in her mouth affects her baby. This awarness goes beyond avoiding alcohol and foods that may cause the baby to have gas. What a mother eats when she is both pregnant and while breastfeeding lays the foundation of the baby's health for life.
 
The following foods should be avoided while breastfeeding and should not be fed directly to baby. This diet is crucial if the baby has colic, a cold, ear infection or asthma.

  • Gluten
  • Sugar
  • Dairy
  • Cold and raw foods (cooking food predigests it and eases baby into a comfortable digestive life)
  • Nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, bell peppers)

Jaundice

To minimize the risk of jaundice, which in Chinese medicine, is viewed as a condition of trapped cold or heat in the Gallbladder, the following foods should be avoided during pregnancy and labor:

  • Ice
  • Milk shakes
  • Tropical fruits
  • Salads
  • Fruit juice
  • Cod Liver Oil
  • Hot Spices

Epidurals, pitocin (synthetic oxytocin) and other drugs administered during labor increase the risk of jaundice in babies because the drugs are cold in energetic and profoundly affect the in-utero energetic temperatures.