13 August 2012

How to have a healthy and natural pregnancy in spite of your gynaecologist . (Part 5a)

by Christo Lues

How to avoid an un-natural pregnancy

In the previous articles (Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4) we have talked about how to have a natural pregnancy in spite of your gynecologist. I want to end off this final part (divided into 3 subsections before - during and after birth) by giving a few guidelines on what you can do to help yourself in an emergency situation or when you do not go into labour spontaneously. 

So how do we avoid an unnatural pregnancy?
The best way is to listen to your own body, to know what your body is like and how your body responds, in other words, read the signs of labour early.

This cannot be done if you do not know your own body. The first step would be to get in touch with your own body. So how do you do that? This is not something that happens overnight it takes practice, it requires trust and it takes time.
Having said that, there are certain general signs that you can look out for. 

The main thing is you must trust that God built your body in such a way that it can do its own thing and thus have a natural pregnancy.
This means that very few women will be too small to bare a baby. God made you the right size and will not make you bear an elephant!

Secondly, baby will be born when he/she is ready. You will NOT be pregnant forever :-)

Thirdly you will be able to bear the pain, it’s not unbearable and your body is designed to handle this kind of thing through secreting certain hormones  during the labour.

Remedies BEFORE labour

One of the best ways to have a healthy pregnancy is to be healthy - before you start. This really means that you start at your own birth! Living a healthy life from childhood will certainly make your eggs (and sperm) healthier than someone that starts a month before they decide to fall pregnant.
But this may only be for a few ‘lucky’ individuals who’s parents had that foresight… as for the rest of us we have to start as soon as we realize wanting a healthy pregnancy, means that we have to start living healthy asap!

DETOX (for Both…)
It’s fascinating to see emphasis what everybody places on the woman who is going to have a baby, and how the problem is always first investigated with the woman. Although the female reproductive system is infinitely complicated and important, as far as genetic composition on contribution to the conception process, the male health is at least equally important. 
So when we talk about detoxing for the purpose of preparing for a healthy pregnancy we are referring to the couple.
Detox is not simply cleaning your colon, as many may think. I recommend a detox of every cell of the human body. The only proper, and therefore effective, detox I know is that of Sevenpointfive. The reason for this is that the Sevenpointfive philosophy helps the body Cleanse, Nourish and Balance every cell in the body. One of the most important factors about this detox is that it strives to correct the pH of the bodily fluids to the ideal pH of 7.5. This is much like a swimming pool. Once you have the correct pH of the water in the swimming pool, maintaining the pool takes very little maintenance. 
After the Sevenpointfive detox, you are put onto a maintenance program (much like maintaining your pool) to keep you healthy. This includes a good and healthy diet and some supplements to help maintain your body.

It’s very important to remember that in order to produce healthy eggs (and sperm) you need to start at least 4 months before conception, six months is more desirable. Having said that, if you are pregnant already, its never too late to start. Find a Sevenpointfive consultant close to you.

In general, I recommend that the expecting or soon to be expecting mothers take at least the following supplements - note, I use mostly the Sevenpointfive range, because in 15yrs of clinical practice I have not found any product that comes close as far as efficacy, potency, value for money, purity and integrity goes.

Antioxidants - in the modern age we are swamped with toxins from the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the ‘food’ we eat. If you want to protect yourself and your baby against the effects of these and other toxins including electro-pollution, then you need a potent and wide spectrum antioxidant - I recommend Activ 8.

Vitamins - are the building blocks of every living cell in the body. If your gynaecologist thinks differently he must have flunked biochemistry. If he reasons that you get everything from your diet, well what he really means is that the mass produced, genetically modified, artificially fertilized, pesticide sprayed, cold stored for months, radiated and microwaved fresh fruit and vegetables has all that your body needs… a no brainer if you think about it. I recommend a high quality product like Viridian High Five multi-vitamin. If the mother has some stress or struggle to sleep I recommend Mindset instead of the multivitamin.

Essential fatty acids, are as the name suggests are ESSENTIAL. This means that the body cannot produce it, even if we lived 100% healthy and organic. You NEED to take it in, much like water. These build the ‘skin’ of every one of the cells in your body and that of your baby. When the skin of every cell is healthy then the body is more healthy. It also forms the building blocks of your much needed hormones before, during and after pregnancy. Studies have shown that babies of whom the mothers supplemented with omega 3 oils during pregnancy, are born with more brain folds - they are more intelligent than babies of whom the mothers did not. Omega oils are also essential in maintaining a healthy immune system. I do not recommend so called purified or concentrated oils - as much of the natural essential ingredients are removed, making these less effective than natural pure fish oils, although they are marketed as the real thing. I also do not recommend plant based omega 3 oils,(ALA and LA) as these cannot be utilised effectively by the body, unless the body converts it to usable (EPA and DHA). This process is often quite ineffective and not enough omega 3 oils is absorbed in this way. I recommend the use of Omega SLO, because it is certified 100% pure, it contains EPA and DHA as well as Squaline and Alkoxyglycerol that is needed for every function in the body. These substances are also essential for healthy lactation.

Minerals forms the frame for the rest of the body. Think of the baby forming bones, blood and organs by using the available calcium, magnesium and other minerals in your body. If you do not supplement with the correct absorbable minerals, your body will simply loose minerals to the developing fetus, leaving you depleted and vulnerable to disease.

I recommend the use of ionic coral calcium sachets in your purified drinking water to correct the pH of the body so that proper absorption can take place of all nutrients. These sachets however does not supply enough physical minerals to build the body, for that we need to add minerals in ionic form. I recommend Coral 8 capsules which contains the correct balance of calcium, magnesium, vit D and all of the essential 72 trace minerals we need for a healthy body.

Other remedies can be used to prepare your body for labour.
Raspberry leaf tea is a tonic for the uterus and helps tone the uterus so that it can contract and relax resulting in healthy contractions for natural delivery. 

If you are afraid of tearing during labour, you can massage your perineum with Squaline to make it softer and stretch easier. Do this 2 x per day - if it becomes difficult, your husband will be happy to help out…

Something that you may not have considered is a water birth. Read more about water birth here...

In part b I will talk about what remedies can be used during labour.

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