The birth of a baby is usually associated with wonderful feelings of excitement and eager anticipation for this bundle of joy coming into your life. Many new mums, however, are sucked into an emotional vortex of heightened anxiety and/or depression, not to mention confusion and sometimes guilt.
Sugar is one of nature’s contraceptives and may contribute to infertility. If you have been trying to conceive for a while, you may need to know that sugar could cause fertility issues.
I am concerned that my husband and I will not be able to have children. We have been trying for some time. Are we possibly infertile? Infertility should be a concern to those who have been unable to successfully fall pregnant after trying for more than one year.
Research shows us that our sense of touch develops in the time frame of as early as six to nine weeks’ gestation. During infant massage, parents rhythmically stroke their baby, forging the bonds of trust and security that are so important to their future development.
While Nature placed a mother’s breast near her heart, meaning that her milk is the food of love for the baby, breastfeeding can initially be painful. Music encourages relaxation and milk flow, and relieves anxiety, fear and tension.
Not so long ago a myth existed that exercise before and during pregnancy made childbirth more difficult. Thankfully nowadays most medical practitioners recommend exercise as part of a plan for fostering a healthy pregnancy and a healthy mom. In this article we will look at the three phases of pregnancy, i.e. before, during and after, and shed some light on what you should be doing as a pregnant exerciser.
Since my field of special interest is aromatic medicine, and I’ve assisted many patients in using essential oils appropriately during their pregnancy, I have a particular love for the use of natural aromatics in maternity care – before, during and after birth – preferably in the form of organic essential oils. An aromatherapeutic pregnancy and birth is an adventure of great delight in which as many women as possible should luxuriate.
Optimal nutrition during pregnancy is the best way of promoting your baby’s growth and development. While the basic principles of healthy eating are the much the same as when you are not pregnant, a few nutrients deserve special attention. Adele Pelteret takes a look at the ones at the top of the list.