Friday, October 30, 2009

Prenatal Vitamins

Please consider taking a prenatal vitamin purchased at the health food store or from a chiropractor or acupuncturist. There are many choices available in discount stores and I understand not wanting to pay more than you have to. However, they are not all created equal.

The main issue with prenatals is that many of them do not absorb well. It is definitely worth paying the extra to get a supplement that your body can actually use, as opposed to something your body may not assimilate well, giving you a false sense of security.

On another note, I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Benefit of Chiropractic Before Childbirth

I stop short of requiring my clients to see a chiropractor as they approach term. I firmly believe a mal-adjusted pelvis can prevent a baby from engaging properly and perhaps lead to an unnecessarily long labor or even c-section. When the pelvis is properly aligned, the baby can drop in and line up.

If you need a recommendation for a good, local chiropractor, let me know and I'd be happy to offer you one. Have a blessed day!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

I am passionate about breastfeeding and I realize there may be situations where a formula is needed. Goat's milk most closely resembles human breast milk and there is an excellent recipe at that will help ensure you are giving your baby an age appropriate mixture. I do not advocate soy based formula as there is some controversy about it being too estrogen heavy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Avoid Antihistimines While Breastfeeding

With cold and flu season upon us, I am concerned about breastfeeding moms reaching for antihistamines as they dry up everything...including milk. Avoid them at all cost while breastfeeding.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Sage & Parsley Dry Up Breast Milk

Thanksgiving is approaching and I am sending out a warning: avoid sage while breastfeeding, as it may dry up your milk supply. Another herb to avoid is parsley as it, too, can dry up the milk.

Hope you're enjoying a beautiful autumn!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPPs)

PuPPPs is a very itchy skin rash that usually presents in late pregnancy, but it can present in the postpartum period. I have heard of a natural remedy reported to be very effective within 3-5 days. Take the following:
  • Dandelion root tincture taken 3 times a day
    • Dandelion root has too many beneficial properties to list here. The main ones that relate to this condition are its liver detoxifying properties, its anti-inflammatory properties, and its cooling properties.
  • SamE taken 2 times a day
    • SAMe facilitates the manufacture of DNA and brain neurotransmitters and supports healthy mood and liver functions.
  • A capsule of flax seed oil taken 1 time a day 
    • Flax seed has many healing properties, including a high essential fatty acid content and anti-cancer agents.
  • Acidophilus taken on an empty stomach 2 times a day
    • Probiotics are one of the most important substances for promoting healing to be found. They are anti-inflammatory, promote gut health, and help treat imbalances caused by candida overgrowth, parasites, mold toxicity, fungal infections and more.
The alternative is steroids prescribed by a doctor and would require pumping and dumping with formula supplementation. DO NOT take benedryl or any other antihistamine postpartum if you are breastfeeding, as it will dry up your milk.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Letter from the Chettos

Our experience with Paula, there is not enough words to express how WONDERFUL our experience was with her and her AWESOME team Laura Stalker and Sara Vietti.

We met Paula thru one of my best friends, she had a 10 1/2 lbs gorgeous baby at home.

She prepared me giving me tender and personal care one on one. Paula made me feel very secure that I could trust myself and my body without the use of drugs. Sharing awesome videos and literature and experiences from other moms having their babies at home.

We welcome baby Margarita Maria Feb.10, 2009.

Many THANKS to PAULA AND TO HER AWESOME TEAM. We Love you guys and we’ll see you again for our next future baby.
Alejandro, Marcela & Margarita Maria Chetto J