Prenatal & Postnatal Care

Information for women during pregnancy and postpartum. For an easy overview of things to think about, read Jane Lyttleton’s A Positive Pregnancy TestPregnancy & Birth – a lot of information. Baby.com provides information on everything about babies, including a baby name finder. American Pregnancy AssociationDr. Sears provides answers to many questions about pregnancy.

Prenatal
Tracking Your Pregnancy
Pregnancy Nutrition
PreNatal testing

Postnatal
Labor and Birth
Newborn and Infants
Breastfeeding

 


Tracking Your Pregnancy

Pregnancy Calendar provides “week by week” what to expect information.

Baby Center provides a pregnancy calendar to help you track your baby’s development week by week.

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12 Weeks
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10 Weeks
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5 Weeks

     Ultrasound Images

Early pregnancy ultrasound at 5 to 6 weeks
Early pregnancy ultrasound at 8 to 10 weeks
Early pregnancy ultrasound at 12 weeks
8 weeks pregnancy heartbeat video clip

You can see why some women experience morning sickness – so many changes in such a short time!

 


Pregnancy Nutrition august2

Now that you’re pregnant, thinking about what foods, vitamins, and supplements you put into your body can feel overwhelming! Here are some quick links and guidelines to help you! You can also visit our Fertility Diet page for some further info.

The Top Foods and Nutritional Needs
1st-trimester 2nd trimester 3rd trimester

Vitamins

  • Why my doctor never mention this to me? I hear this question all the time. The reason is they were not taught this topic at the medical school. They got as many as 7 hours of nutrition during 8 years of medical training but ND, DO, DC and acupuncturists study A LOT!!!!! YouTube Video –> Take a look! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5DTrENdWvvM
  • Pre-Natal Vitamins: Know about prenatal vitamin -synthetic vs whole food based (folic acid vs folate) and more.
  • Vitamin D – reduces the chance of getting HBS, HBP, and Pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
  • Probiotics “The infant microbiome from womb to first-year” article
  • What Robert Thompson M.D. saying about vitamins intake during the pregnancy.
  • Vitamin – if you are taking synthetic vitamins, please watch for the overdose – here’s signs and symptoms
  • Take Essential Fatty Acids-both Omega 3 and 6 every day. Fatty acid balance is critical for the developing brain and nervous system of your baby.
  • Folate-Rich foods for a healthy pregnancy and baby written by Dr. Ben Kim
  • Vitamin B12: About Vitamin B-12 during and post pregnancy.  During Pregnancy and Lactation“ Since vitamin B-12 builds immunity and promotes the growth of the nervous system and body in general, it is essential during pregnancy and nursing. To grasp the B12 requirements of a fetus, consider that the newborn, compared to the mother, has over twice as much B12 in its blood, and that the placenta contains more than three times as much of the vitamin. Yet vitamin B12 is one of the most commonly deficient vitamins during pregnancy and lactation. Pregnant and lactating vegetarians, in particular, need to be certain they are getting enough. Children born to mothers low in the vitamin run a high risk of retarded mental and physical development and weakened immunity.  Mothers who only occasionally consume B12 put their breastfeeding infants at risk of becoming deficient. The mother can recycle B12 stored in her body for her own purposes; she may feel healthy and so (falsely) assume that her milk is completely nourishing. Unfortunately, there are indications that only vitamin B12 ingested during the formation of milk will go into the mother’s milk; B12 stored in the mother’s body does not. This means that for a nursing infant to receive B12 in its milk regularly, the lactating mother must take in B12 regularly.” (Healing with whole foods written by Paul Pitchford, third edition in 2002, page 140-)

Morning Sickness

Before Baby, Freeze some Food!
Life is going to get hectic when that baby arrives, so use the time you have now (start around 35 weeks) to make and freeze some meals ahead of time! While you’re at it, make some strong bone broth, for the days when you just don’t feel like eating. Good bone broth will fortify you and keep you going – drink it instead of coffee in the morning! (Tamie’s tip: try this silicone mold to freeze single portions!)

Constipation

Toothpaste

  • There are the big differences these two SLS listed under  “ingredients” in your shampoo, conditioner,
    and toothpasteNo Sodium Lauryl Sulphate !!!
  • This is another toothpaste I recommend to my patient.
  • Toothpaste & Toxin Load you are not aware of.

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Pre-Natal Testing

Pre-natal screening can sometime be a scary topic. Educating yourself about the benefits and risks,  before speaking with your doctors, can help alleviate some of the stress.

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Nuchal translucency screening test (12-13 weeks)
AFP test Alpha-fetoprotein test
CVS (Chorionic Villus Sampling) Test information (1st trimester)
Amniocentesis Test information (2nd trimester)
Progesterone levels during the pregnancy
HCG level and LH surge numbers for both singleton and twins.


 Labor and Birth

Pregnancy and Labor: Jane Lyttleton’s advise (good to know during the pregnancy phase and what to expect before the labor) :Pregnancy and Labor
Maternity Care: Childbirth Connection discusses ways to improve maternity care for mothers, and also families and offers tips to expectant mothers about maternity-care decisions.
Childbirth Educators: The Association of Labor Assistant and Childbirth Educators (ALACE) site can help you find a childbirtheducator.
Birth Stories: Childbirth Solutions offers options for childbirth and empowering birth experience stories.
Baby’s Position: Information on Changing the baby’s position

Looking for Daula? Here’s article about “birthing doula interview questions”.


Newborns and Infants:joseph

Your baby us home with you – congratulations! Here is a Q&A for new born babies.

Vaccinations

Health Warnings

  • ADHD Kids and Acetaminophen Use during the pregnancy connection
  • Health warning – Products that contain Triclosan – the article written by Dr. Ben Kim
  • Health warning – Date Line video clips – Hormone distruptors (Triclosan)
  • Baby cleaning wipes – might contain MI (Methylisothiazolinone) your baby might be allergic to.
  • Red, blue, yellow bright “Artifical Food Colorings” might causing your kids hyperactive (NY Times)
  • Bug bites – you apply “hydrocortisone cream 0.5%” and the rush appears – your kid are allergic to
    “neomycin” these ointment cream contain. Always nice to know natural cure using herbs and essential
    oils first.
  • Avoid using plastic bottles (might contains BPA), Here’s glass baby bottles you may order by Amazon.
  • Health issues for babies and your children – written by Dr Ben Kim
  • Baby cleaning wipes – might contain MI (Methylisothiazolinone) your baby might be allergic to.
  • PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Illness Associated with Streptococci)

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Breastfeeding, Baby Foods & Postnatal Careaiden-june-1-2011-060

Some wonderful breastfeeding tips for first time moms by Dr. Ben Kim. Having a hard time breast feeding? You are not alone! You may need to read this. Additionally, many people don’t realized the importance of not only taking probiotics while breastfeeding, but also giving your baby probiotics.