PCOS, shortened for Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, has recently developed into a prevalent disease among women. The condition causes the ovaries to produce an unusual amount of male sex hormones called androgens. These hormones are present within the female body but in smaller amounts. However, these hormones go into overdrive when a woman suffers from PCOS. …
Pregnancy & Postpartum
Prenatal Care in San Diego
Fertility Expert Dr. Marc Sklar
Prenatal care is vital to a healthy pregnancy and the wellness of both mom and child. Our San Diego natural medicine practice offers treatment tailored to the needs of each of our patients in an effort to promote overall health prior to and during pregnancy, and following birth. Proper prenatal care can help lower the risk of possible complications during pregnancy; good care also addresses many of the issues women face during pregnancy.
Diabetes, high blood pressure, advanced maternal age, high stress levels and other issues can put any pregnancy at risk. Many women prefer a natural approach to managing pain or common health concerns during pregnancy, choosing not to take over-the-counter medicines or prescription drugs. Acupuncture is a natural treatment that is completely safe when performed during pregnancy, one that useful in pain reduction, stress management, treating morning sickness, backache and more. Relaxation techniques such as meditation often work to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and support emotional health throughout pregnancy.
Some of the most common complaints among pregnant women, particularly during the third trimester, include:
- Back pain
- Leg cramps
- Heart burn
- Urinary tract infections
- Breech position
Whether used in conjunction with modern medicine or on its own, holistic or “natural” medicine is effective and gaining popularity today among women who prefer a safe, natural, non-invasive approach to prenatal care. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, stress management techniques, nutritional therapy, lifestyle changes – all of these things help support the health of you and your baby throughout your pregnancy.
For those who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant and who have high blood pressure, diabetes or other health concerns, acupuncture is a wonderful tool for promoting better health throughout the body. Acupuncture improves blood flow, unblocks the energy pathways or “Qi” so that energy flows freely, reduces stress and promotes relaxation, and supports the body’s ability to heal itself. Inflammation, insomnia, anxiety and depression, sciatica and other conditions respond very well to acupuncture treatments in most women.
It is important to see your obstetrician regularly when you are pregnant, however prenatal care provided by holistic medicine practitioners is ideal for women who prefer a more natural approach to good health, happiness and well-being during what can be a challenging period of time. If you are in the San Diego area, learn more about natural prenatal care and how we can help!
We all know that breastfeeding is the ideal way to provide nutrition while intimately bonding with our babies, but most new moms run into nursing obstacles in those early weeks and months. One of the lactation problems some moms face is insufficient lactation. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) standpoint, this can be due to 2 …
Pregnancy Recommendations: Month One – Acupuncture treatment should occur once per week. Eat light, bland, warm, nutrient-dense food (fresh fruits and veggies, etc.) Eat small portions Sour food is OK Avoid Spicy food Ginger can calm the stomach (tea, slice, candy, ale, …) Rest and sleep more Avoid excessive physical activity (easy walking is OK) …
There are some steps you should take before attempting pregnancy. Make sure you want to have a baby. This may sound foolish, but many couples approach the attempt to get pregnant without giving enough thought to the affects on their life of having a child. They say “Let’s get pregnant” instead of “Let’s have a …