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Pre- and postnatal

Ideally, prenatal care should start when you plan your pregnancy. During this transitional period, the mother-to-be experiences many physical, emotional and spiritual changes and it is essential that extra attention be given to her physical health and emotional health. Natural remedies can also help you to maintain a balanced emotional state throughout your pregnancy, especially when you may be feeling apprehensive, overwhelmed or fearful. Flower essences are gentle and safe to use during pregnancy without any harmful side effects.

A multivitamin designed for pregnancy can support mother and foetal development as well as reducing common discomforts. Iron supplements are often required and Spatone is considered suitable. Essential fatty acids are vital to foetal brain development and reducing the risk of post-natal depression. Vital to health of the mother and infant is to ensure that the Vitamin D of the mother is at a satisfactory level and also the mother uses folate (preferably to folic acid) during pregnancy.

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The first trimester of pregnancy takes place from conception to 12 weeks and is a time of enormous change as you slowly adjust to the idea of being pregnant. You will experience a number of pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, nausea and vomiting (morning sickness), frequent urination, breast tenderness, constipation, gas, dizziness and backache. In addition, you can experience a range of emotional levels, feeling pure joy and elation the one moment and mood swings, irritability, weepiness and anxiety the next moment. Prenatal vitamins, homeopathic remedies and Bach flower remedies can help alleviate some discomforts but avoid herbal remedies that are unproven for pregnancy.

At this stage of your pregnancy, the baby is an embryo and its organs are gradually beginning to form. By the second month what was once called an embryo becomes a foetus, and develops a brain spine, central nervous system, stomach, liver and limbs.

Early prenatal care is very important. Tests will be performed such as blood tests, blood typing and screening. Start eating nutritious meals, take folic acid supplements and rest as much as possible. The second trimester spans from the 13th to 27th week. Most of your physical symptoms experienced during the first trimester should have subsided. You are feeling more energetic, your hair shines and complexion glows and there is a definite increase in your libido. Pregnancy symptoms that are common during this trimester include shortness of breath, aches and pains in the abdomen, groin and thighs, nasal and gum problems, skin changes, stretch marks, backache and itching on the abdomen, hands and soles of the feet. Biostrath is a tonic that is proven for use during pregnancy.

Certain tests and procedures are also performed during this trimester to check for any problems such as birth defects as well as to confirm your due date. Remember to eat healthily, drink plenty of water and to take your prenatal vitamins. Stay active by exercising as this will help you have an easier pregnancy and lose the baby weight once you give birth.

The third trimester occurs from week 28 up until birth. This trimester is usually an extremely uncomfortable for the mother-to-be and she will experience many pregnancy symptoms. Physical symptoms include fatigue, temperature increase, frequent urination, skin changes, indigestion, swollen hands and feet (oedema), constipation, haemorrhoids and contractions.

You may also feel anxious, irritable and terribly moody. The baby grows quickly and there is marked increase in weight and size. Continue to make prenatal care your main priority. Natural and holistic remedies have proven to be highly effective in alleviating uncomfortable pregnancy issues. Herbs, homeopathic remedies, tissue salts and essential oils are safe during this period when so many physical and emotional changes are taking place. Essential aromatherapy oils such as Litsea cubeba, Grape fruit and Mandarin help to quickly uplift, refresh and energize the mind, body and spirit when you are feeling fatigued.

Homeopathic ingredients such as Mag Phos, and Nat Sulph can heartburn and digestive discomfort. Extra vitamin B6 may also achieve relief. Tissue salts such as Calcium Fluoride, and Calcium Phosphate work internally to prevent stretch marks, improve skin and connective tissue tone. Rose Mosquetta or Vitamin E oils applied regularly to the skin can also reduce stretch marks. Flower essences can also help the mind and spirit to adjust during each trimester of pregnancy.