Must-have Natural Pregnancy Resources

Twin Cities Must-Haves for Pregnancy
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Must-Have Natural Pregnancy Resources

That moment when you find out that you are pregnant; joy, exhilaration, and anticipation are soon to follow. You are now embarking on a 9  month journey that will be one of the most amazing of your life. Now that you are growing and nurturing another life it is important to take the best care of yourself and your soon-to-be bundle of joy! Finding the correct team to help you on this new journey is vital to feeling loved and supported through this special time. Below is a must-have list for any women who is trying to conceive, is pregnant, or who has recently had a new infant. Enjoy this wonderfully amazing time in your life!!

Even before you become pregnant, a chiropractor can detect any imbalances in the pelvis or elsewhere in the body that may contribute to pregnancy discomfort. During pregnancy a woman’s center of gravity shifts forward, creating increased stress on the low back and pelvis. As the baby grows in size, the increased pressure can irritate the sciatic nerve and allow for compensation elsewhere in the body, such as the mid and upper back. Many pregnant women find relief with chiropractic adjustments from the increased low back pain with pregnancy. It is gentle and safe for both the mother and the baby and can be attractive to those who are looking to avoid medications while pregnant.

Proper alignment of the pelvis can aid in proper baby position throughout pregnancy and labor. It is also know that women who receive chiropractic care throughout their pregnancies tend to have easier, less complicated deliveries. Webster Technique may be utilized to balance the sacrum and round ligaments and help baby to obtain proper positioning.

Furthermore, chiropractic care be very beneficial post-delivery in aiding the joints to return to their post-pregnancy state. It helps to prevent post-partum muscle tension, headaches, or other joint-related pain.

Talk with Dr. Susan Quigley or Dr. Lydia Schmidt about what would be right for you! Outside the Twin Cities area check out the ICPA website for pre-natal and pediatric certified practitioners.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective modality to support women throughout all phases of their lives. When women are trying to conceive, acupuncture can stimulate blood flow to the uterus and increase the likelihood that implantation will occur. Many women use the time before they are planning to conceive to take advantage of the hormone balancing effects, especially if irregular cycles have been present. If there are any blocks to fertility, acupuncture has been proven in research trials to assist in conception. Issues such as unexplained infertility, PCOS, endometriosis and low ovarian reserve are all responsive to acupuncture treatment. It can also be especially useful during pregnancy to help alleviate morning sickness, back pain, breech presentation, and cervical ripening when babies are overdue! Be sure to see a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in women's health conditions like Mary Weigel.

Naturopathic Medicine
Naturopathic medicine is beneficial for both expectant mothers, as well as for women planning to grow their family in the future. Optimizing health during the months leading up to conception will help to increase your chances of conceiving, help provide a healthy pregnancy and delivery, and will set the stage for a lifetime of health for your child. To ensure your health is optimized during this time, it is important to have your diet and nutritional status assessed, and to be checked for any potential health risks that may need to be addressed before becoming pregnant. This may include laboratory assessment of Vitamin D levels, Iron levels, thyroid health, and much more.

In addition to supporting health during the preconception period, naturopathic doctors also provide natural treatment options for commonly experienced symptoms during pregnancy. Nausea and vomiting, reflux, and ligament pain are just a few symptoms that can be addressed safely through the use of homeopathy, diet, and a variety of herbs.

For more information or to set-up an appointment contact Dr. Sidney Pharis.

Nutrition Response Testing
Nutrition Response Testing (also known as Functional Medicine, Designed Clinical Nutrition, or Applied Kinesiology) is a very precise, specific and non-invasive method of testing, analyzing, and correcting nutritional deficiencies and imbalances in the body. Perhaps you regularly experience fatigue, headaches, an overall lack of energy, or fertility issues. An NRT practitioner can help to identify stressors on the body which may be preventing it from functioning properly. Contact Vicky Luedtke to see what NRT can do for you!

Working with a midwife is a great adjunct to your pregnancy. A midwife is a health care professional who provides an array of health care services for women that can include medical histories and gynecological examinations, contraceptive counseling, prescriptions, and labor and delivery care. Providing expert care during labor, delivery, and after birth is a specialty of midwives that makes them unique. We count on Trillium Midwifery to provide loving and supportive care.

Birth doulas
The word "doula" comes from the ancient Greek meaning "a woman who serves" and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period. Studies have shown that when doulas attend birth, labors are shorter with fewer complications, babies are healthier and they breastfeed more easily.

For some great resources check out Anne Ferguson’s website Bywater Birth , The Childbirth Collective, Certified Birth Doula Holly Fix or contact our in-house doula Beth Zimmer. 

If you are looking to breastfeed connect with a  Le Leche League group near you. LLL's mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother.

Prenatal Yoga
Designed to both nurture and challenge your body, prenatal yoga inspires trust in your birthing journey while providing an open community to discuss what you are experiencing. Whether you are a new or experienced yoga student, you will be guided through meditation, breathing, and movement. You'll benefit from much-needed relaxation, while strengthening the muscles that support your baby during pregnancy and labor. Check out a variety of locations but here are two of our favorites: Blooma, The Om Collective, and Corepower Yoga.

Natural Childbirth Education
Early around the second trimester it is a good idea to start putting together a birth plan. It is important to educate yourself to make the best possible choices for you. Here are a few go-to resources around the metro: The Bradley Method, The Blooma Birth Class, and Hypnobabies.

Birth Centers
If you are looking for alternatives to an in-hospital birth check out Morning Star Birth Center in St. Louis Park or Health Foundations in St. Paul.

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