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Tips on Natural Pregnancy from Dr. Lauren Feder

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In today’s post, holistic physician and author Dr. Lauren Feder shares her tips on how to achieve a natural healthy pregnancy. Dr. Feder’s newest book, “Natural Pregnancy: Practical Medical Advice and Holistic Wisdom for a Healthy Pregnancy and Childbirth,” is an excellent resource for expectant parents, whether you choose to opt for an all-natural birth, or are looking to combine conventional treatments with homeopathy and holistic medicine. “Natural Pregnancy” will be available in stores and online tomorrow.

TNPCoverhe pregnancy and childbirth experience is considered one of the most coveted experiences in a woman’s life. Maternal health is no longer just the domain of physicians, but of you, the expectant parents. “Natural Pregnancy” aims to empower parents and give them the confidence to make the best, most-informed decisions regardless of giving birth at home, at a birth center, or in a hospital. Consider the following tips for your pregnancy and birth:

1. Eat healthy, exercise, and enjoy your mate. Healthy nutrition and regular exercise help to avoid complications in pregnancy, shorten labor, and improve baby’s health.  Studies suggest exercise enhances a baby’s brain development. Spend quality time with your spouse, as your relationship profoundly influences your life during pregnancy...and beyond.

2. Consider a midwife or mother-friendly practitioner. From home to hospital birth, the mother-friendly approach recognizes, respects and encourages natural healthy birth. The midwife approach is the optimal model of care for most births, because a midwife is trained in normal birth.

3. Hire a doula. Surround yourself with people who respect your birth choices. If having a hospital birth, consider hiring a doula who is familiar with the birth experience and who can be your advocate in the hospital. Research shows that women who labor with a doula request less pain medication, have shorter births, and have substantially lower rates of interventions including cesarean sections.

4. Comfort zone and comfort measures. Ensure the birth space allows for privacy with minimal disturbances. Remove the clock. Avoid small talk and unnecessary questions. Take sips in between contractions, and urinate hourly. Birth classes offer information for comfort measures including birthing techniques, hypnosis, and use of the birth ball. Keep on moving, change position, and if possible, labor in the water.

5. Use homeopathy. Homeopathic medicines offer a safe and gentle holistic medical approach, which aids many pregnancy related conditions (i.e. constipation, heartburn, etc.). Homeopathy can also be used before and during labor for easier childbirth and postpartum healing. Take Arnica montana (30C or 200C) hourly during labor to help prevent or minimize soreness, bruising and swelling. (Please check with your health care professional before use.)

381650_10150472949841883_376513410_nAbout Dr. Feder: Lauren Feder, MD is a nationally recognized physician who specializes in primary care medicine, pediatrics and homeopathy. Affiliated with the National Center for Homeopathy, Holistic Moms Network, and La Leche League, she is a frequent lecturer for parents and professionals. Dr. Feder is the director of the Center for Natural Family Medicine in Los Angeles, where she lives with her husband and two sons. Visit www.drfeder.com.

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Comments (3)

Nikki S.says:

Great advice and tips for anyone expecting a baby. I have used homeopathic remedies throughout my life and have found them to benefit my health and my family in a safe non toxic way.

Saschasays:

Thank you for the info. This pregnancy, I am hiring a midwife and plan to use homeopathic remedies for the less desirable effects of pregnancy as much as possible.

Boironsays:

We’re happy you found the information useful. As with any Boiron medicine, if pregnant or breast-feeding please consult a health professional before use.

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