Study: Acupuncture Lessens Depression Symptoms During Pregnancy

TweetA great alternative for pregnant women who feel depressed. A Stanford study shows that acupuncture lessens depression symptoms: Acupuncture appears to be an effective way to reduce depression symptoms during pregnancy, according to a first-of-its-kind study from Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. The study authors, led by Rachel Manbar, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, said they hope the results will raise... Read More

Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth

Tweet Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can provide a safe, effective alternative for many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy. A growing... Read More

Great Resource for Moms and Moms-to-Be

Tweet A great online resource for moms and moms-to-be is Mothering.com. This website if full of great information, ideas and resources, including an “Ask the Expert” section, and a “Mothering Media” section including movies, slideshows, interviews, how-to’s and more. There is a great article in the March/April issue about Mayan womb massage, a technique to aid in conception, ease menstrual cramps and for your general... Read More

Breastfeeding Support

Tweet Check out this great article in the NY Times about getting support for breastfeeding with a lactation consultant. Integral to successful breastfeeding is good positioning, and someone like a lactation consultant will be able to offer you excellent advice and support with this. Some women also may experience problems with poor milk supply. Acupuncture has been shown in studies to be effective in increasing milk supply and offers women a drug... Read More

Repost: The MUST-Have Talk Before Labor

TweetDeb of the Prenatal Yoga Center keeps a blog about pregnancy-related issues. Below is an excerpt of the July 31st entry entitled, “The MUST-Have Talk Before Labor,” in which she discusses something rarely considered when preparing for the birth of a child. Recently I was at a couple’s apartment doing a private childbirth education class. We went through quite a bit of information that covered everything from pain management techniques... Read More

Moxa for Breech Babies

TweetBelow is an instructional video from Acubalance Wellness Center to show a Chinese medicine acupuncture technique called Moxibustion that is used to turn breech babies.  Read More

A Happy Home Birth Story!

TweetI’ve been following this blog for several months, as author Ryan has chronicled his wife’s pregnancy in weekly photos like the one above and almost-daily entries. His posts are candid, smart, hilarious—and addictive. Last week, his wife, Cole, gave birth at home to a beautiful baby girl, and he has been posting photos and updates, along with the Birth Story. It’s a wonderful read if you have a few free minutes in your day!  Read More

Post-Partum Haircare

TweetAfter giving birth, when hormone levels return to normal, new moms often experience many physical and emotional changes. One of the most frustrating is hair loss. Just as you’ve gotten used to enjoying the thick, healthy hair you had during your pregnancy, it starts to fall out, sometimes in clumps! There’s no need to panic, though—It’s completely normal and temporary. Hair loss usually begins three to four months after the baby’s birth,... Read More

Unbuttoned

Tweet According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics, breastfeeding rates in the United States have increased significantly within the past two decades, rising from 60% of infants born between 1993 and 1994 being breastfed to 77% of infants born 2005-2006. Human milk is the ideal food for most infants, as it provides infants with anti-bodies that protect against infection in the early postpartum... Read More

Pregnancy Sciatica

TweetDuring the last few months of pregnancy, as the baby grows more rapidly and the pelvic joints begin to relax to accommodate birth, expectant mothers may experience back pain and sciatica that can range from a minor discomfort to an exhausting, crippling condition. Sciatica may be causes by the weight of the pregnant uterus, altered posture to compensate for altered shape, fatigue leading to poor posture or other factors such as softened, relaxed... Read More