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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Pregnancy Hormones May Repair Nervous System

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Yoga In Pregnancy

Pregnancy Over 40, Yoga Can Help

As I've mentioned before, I was too afraid to exercise during my pregnancy although I probably could have benefited from some low impact, stretching exercise like yoga.
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When I was trying to conceive, I had to cut down on the amount of exercise I was getting because I was afraid it was having a negative impact on my ability to get pregnant. As an alternative to high impact exercise, I demonstrate in my DVD "Fertility Bodywork" what yoga poses may help with overall fertility. Here is an article about yoga in pregnancy and how it can help you and your baby:



Yoga can be very useful in pregnancy, labor and the postnatal period. By strengthening, toning and relaxing, it helps to open the pelvis before the birth and recover good muscle tone after it.
· Follow a professional teacher to do Yoga and make sure he or she is aware of your pregnancy.
· Get professional advice from a Yoga teacher to prevent from morning sickness, backache, varicose veins, sleeplessness, breech baby and depression.
· Listen to your body and avoid the postures that you don't feel comfortable. Yoga has great self-help potential once you are familiar with the postures and breathing methods.
· Be careful to do any hard postures after 14 weeks. Don't do any exercises flat on the back after 30 weeks.


excerpted from:
Yoga In Pregnancy (www.lebanesedoctors.com)

Friday, March 15, 2013

Breastfeed In Baby's First Hour of Life

Pregnancy Over 40:  Breastfeed Immediately After Birth

I recall after my daughter was born, I was told to start breastfeeding her while I was still in the labor and delivery area.
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She sucked so vigorously, I yelped in pain. I wished I had been given more instruction or perhaps taken a class on proper latching and or other techniques that would reduce the pain. With the proper training, I might have been more successful breastfeeding instead of having to use a pump when I got home. I think the benefits of breastfeeding have been well publicized, however the following article discusses the importance of breastfeeding in the baby's first hour of life. Read more:

Why Breastfeeding In The First Hour Of Life Is Important

From the article:

A 2006 study published in the journal Pediatrics suggested that 41 per cent of newborns that die in the first month of life could be saved if breastfed in the first hour of life.

The WHO also says feeding colostrum in the first hour increases the likelihood babies will continue to be breastfed which gives them a head start in the "race against malnutrition". There are 170 million underweight children in the world and 3 million of them die every year.

Colostrum is a sticky yellow-white substance yielded by the mother's breast soon after birth. It is rich in antibodies and essential nutrients. Yet, in many cultures, ignorant of its health benefits, the custom is to throw it away. Giving newborns water or other liquids denies them a "good start in life" says the WHO, referring to the WHO Child Growth Standards and how babies fed colostrum within the first hour of being born measure up well against the standards.

Breastfeeding in the first hour or so after birth also confers benefits to the mother, such as improved lactation and less loss of blood.

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