Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Zita West

By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and useful advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard girls all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an unprecedented wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a e-book obtainable to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners overlaying body structure on the topic of being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture methods and suggesting issues and element mixtures for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis containers and guidelines
  • Covers dietary points of pregnancy
  • Gives useful suggestion and guideline at the use of acupuncture in the course of the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
  • Uses case examples to additional illustrate the text
  • Covers fresh advances relating to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune process and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of helpful addresses
  • Fully up to date and revised all through to incorporate fresh research
  • Nutrition and its influence at the foetus (new and constructing quarter of research)

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Iron is needed to make haemoglobin, the substance in the red blood cells that carries oxygen. Deficiency can lead to weakness, excessive tiredness, depression, headache, confusion and memory loss. Iron supplementation on its own is not effective as it needs to work with other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C in particular helps the body to absorb iron, as for example taking a glass of fresh orange with an egg yolk. These include molasses, wholegrains, wheatgerm, lean red meat, poultry, almonds, egg yolk, wholegrains, avocados, dried fruit such as figs, currants and apricots, green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, watercress and parsley.

All of these come in a variety of forms, and it is important to eat them in the correct form to ensure an adequate intake of vitamins and minerals (DOH 1991). Carbohydrates Carbohydrates, which include starches, sugars and fibres, are the main providers of energy. They are best eaten unrefined, with ‘nothing added and nothing taken away’, as processing removes many vital nutrients as well as much of the fibre that can help prevent constipation. Foods to eat. These include complex carbohydrates, such as fresh fruit and vegetables, and wholegrains, such as wholemeal bread, brown rice and wholemeal pasta.

They help in the absorption of nutrients and activate many enzymes. EFA deficiency may be a contributory factor in pre-eclampsia (Crawford & Doyle 1989). Good food sources. These include nuts, unrefined oils, nuts such as Brazils, nut butters, green leafy vegetables, seeds such as sunflower and linseed, oily fish such as herring, mackerel, tuna, sardines and salmon. Calcium A woman’s requirement for calcium goes up more than three times during pregnancy. It is needed to form strong bones and teeth in the baby, to help muscle growth, and to control nerve and muscle function.

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