There are several things that I feel are important to know about during your pregnancy to ensure your health and that of your babies.
NUMBER 1: SLEEP
As an acupuncturist, I genuinely feel that sleep is the key to our health, both pre and postpartum. I could talk at length about this, but for the sake of brevity, I will say that your sleep schedule can reverberate to your babies’ sleep and physical and mental health. To just drive this point home, I would watch a TED talk about how your brain actually cleans itself during sleep. It’s amazing! But, without rest, your GI tract and your brain cannot clean itself, your BBT will lower, and your hormone function will go out of whack. This can lead to constipation, poor memory, poor digestion, poor mental health, and a higher risk of complications with the pregnancy. If you need help to sleep better than setup an acupuncture treatment today to get this addressed.
NUMBER 2: TAKE CARE OF YOUR TEETH
Getting your teeth cleaned or fixed during pregnancy can be scary. What is ok? What medicines are ok? During my first pregnancy in Japan, I was told to make sure I went to get my teeth cleaned and checked. Every mother receives a “boshi techo.” This book is a living chart that has all the medical info about your baby from pregnancy up until they are a teenager. Even mom’s dental health is notated. The reason is that dental health can drastically change the health of your pregnancy. An excellent read about this is 3 Dental Myths for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Women.
NUMBER 3: MOVE THAT BODY
I have seen women change their pregnancies and postpartum bodies and their babies’ health by merely staying active and getting acupuncture. Not sure of a good workout? Check out this simple 15 minute workout.