Reproductive Health Information - Pregnancy General
General information on pregnancy & acupuncture in Vancouver
This is a 5 part diagnostic toward the end of the first trimester of pregnancy;
1. Nuchal Translucency
This is an ultrasound measurement of fluid between the spine and the skin of the fetal neck, done best at 11-14 weeks.
2. Nasal Bone
This is the ultrasound determination of calcium in the nasal cartilage.
3. Ductus Venosus
This is an ultrasound measurement of blood flow through a small vessel in the fetal liver.
A blood test that measures a protein made by the placenta which can go up or down in genetic syndromes and other conditions.
A blood test that measures another protein made by the placenta and the fetus
Yes. If you do not have a woman in your life, that lives close by, that you trust deeply, and that can be there for you whenever she gets the call, a doula is something to strongly consider when approaching labour and delivery. A doula is someone who is there for you every step of the way through your labour and delivery. They are knowledgeable about most everything you are going through, and are great support for both you and your husband or partner. In the old village, there would have been wise women around that would have been there for the labouring women. In today's reality, birth has been largely hospitalized, therefore the first birth a woman attends is her own. This can give rise to many fears that can slow and hault labour.
Click here for links to Vancouver pregnancy resources & doulas
This question is best first answered by what you should NOT read; 'What to expect when you are expecting'. This book tends to strike fear into the hearts of those that read its pages.
Here is a list of recommended reading;
1. Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn - Simkin, Whalley, Keppler
2. The Complete Book of Pregnancy and Childbirth - Kitzinger
3. Conception, Pregnancy, and Birth - Dr. Stoppard
4. The Mother of All Pregnancy Books - Ann Douglas
folic acid 1mg
DHA 1000mg/day (fish oils nordic naturals)
Vitamin D 1000 iu/day (sisu)
*take with food, and spread out with meals.
*eat like a rabbit. Always be munching. Try to eat more protein rich foods. Avoid high/simple sugar content foods.
*book recommendation: the mother of all pregnancy books (banyen books, 4th & alma). Do not read 'what to expect when you are expecting'.
*walking is enough for exercise for the 1st trimester.
*listen to your body, if you are tired, rest. If you feel sleepy, go to bed. If you are hungry, eat.
*try to ground some of your negative energy in the trees. They are great for this.
*work is not your priority anymore. delegate where you can.
*alleviate stress: acupuncture, walks, girl time. regularly schedule these things.
Accept all the above as your most important job now. These are your priorities.