There is a wonderful explanation here of a collection of food items that have antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties. Alex, Earthie Mama, also offers her own recipe for how to put these ingredients together. I think every store cupboard or medicine cabinet should have a bottle of this stuff in it. I have tried a similar home remedy of apple cider vinegar, with raw garlic cloves and local honey, when I’ve had a cough and phlegm and a couple of spoonfuls a day clears it up very quickly. Try it!
A new study, completed on mice, suggests that use of paracetemol may harm unborn male babies. Testosterone levels significantly dropped when the mice were given 3 doses of paracetemol a day for a week. Paracetemol is the only drug that is widely considered ‘safe’ in pregnancy. Read more here.
We treat many women in pregnancy who choose to seek an alternative way of dealing with pain conditions. They may suffer with headaches or back or joint pain. Acupuncture is safe to use in pregnancy and has no side effects. Usually just a few treatments makes a considerable difference and can make pregnancy more comfortable again.
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With the Duchess of Cambridge about to have her second baby, I am reminded about how painful media events such as this can be for women who are struggling to conceive or whom have recently miscarried. Reading this article also reminded me of some of the painful things that people said to me whilst I was trying to conceive. If one hasn’t lived through or been close to someone who has lived through the pain and sadness of being childless it is easy to get it very wrong. Statements such as “You just need a holiday. I know someone who couldn’t get pregnant and went on holiday and after a few gin and tonics came back pregnant” and the classic ” Oh all I have to do is look at my husband and I’m pregnant” made me want to punch the person! Perhaps one of the worst I remember was a friend who had two children telling me that I did not know how lucky I was to be childless as raising small kids is so hard. Hmmmm.
If getting pregnant or having a baby is proving to be difficult, please do read the article and know that you are not alone in having to hear painful comments from friends, family and even strangers. I don’t think I was brave enough to state out loud the retorts in my head. When you’re feeling vulnerable or caught off guard, being witty or just downright honest can be hard. But I would have loved to have said something back to those people.
One of the things that our clients love about their acupuncture is the space they have to talk. In the acupuncture room they are free to express any feelings they have. It is a safe space to vent, to be angry, to cry, and yes, we do get through a lot of tissues! Being able to express our emotions is an important part of moving our ‘qi’ or energy. When emotions are buried or lie dormant, they build up leading to all sorts of emotional and physical issues down the line.
If you want to find out more about how acupuncture may help you on your journey of becoming a parent, please do get in touch.
Followers of us on facebook will know how much we love posting news stories on the variety of animals that now receive acupuncture – dogs and cats, horses, crocodiles and alligators, monkeys, turtles. This week there has been a story on an owl in Madrid, with an injured claw, receiving acupuncture before he was released back into the wild. Read more here and watch the video.
Routes To Parenthood is a showcase for services in fertility, adoption, fostering, LGBT parenting and more, with specialists offering free advice to individuals and couples at any stage on the fertility journey. The next local show is at the Armouries in Leeds on sunday 19th April. Tickets cost £5.70. See routestoparenthood.co.uk for details.