Factsheet – Pregnancy

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  • Pregnancy occurs when a females egg (ovum) is fertilised by a male cell (sperm) in the fallopian tubes.  The fertilised eggs are called the embryo.
  • At around 12 weeks the baby is referred to as a foetus.
  • By 6 weeks the foetus is about 5mm long. By 40 weeks the baby will be around 33cm long or roughly the length from your elbow to your fingertips.
  • Morning sickness doesn’t always occur just of a morning, it may occur throughout the day or night and in some cases throughout the pregnancy.
  • You may first start to feel the baby move between 16 and 20 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Supplementation with Vitamin B6 has been found to be of benefit in treating morning sickness.
  • The herbs peppermint and ginger can be taken to help relieve morning sickness in many instances.
  • Folate has been deemed an essential supplement during pregnancy to reduce the incidence of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in the offspring.
  • All vitamins and mineral requirements will increase with pregnancy.
  • If used from 3 months prior to falling pregnant, through to the end of the first trimester, multivitamins shown to reduce the risk of multiple birth defects by up to 70%.
  • Not all herbs are safe during pregnancy.  Some herbs may cause miscarriage or birth defects.  Always seek advice from a qualified naturopath or herbalist before taking any herbal preparation during pregnancy.

At Moontides Women’s Health Centre in South Yarra, we specialise in women’s health and offer a full range of services from natural fertility and preconception care, naturopathic guidance and treatments throughout the pregnancy, partus prepators for labour, pregnancy massage, counselling services and referrals for midwives and hypno-birthing.

A partus preparator is a herbal mixture prescribed by a Naturopath or Herbalist around the 34th or 35th week of pregnancy. While many herbs need to be avoided during pregnancy, the herbs used in a partus preparator are specific for preparing the uterus for labour. The partus prepator helps to ensure that labour is on time, and that  there is adequate uterine tone so that the contractions are well coordinated.

Hypnobirthing is a safe and simple technique that can be used to help ease the fear and pain often associated with childbirth.   Although a form of hypnosis you remain awake, conversant and aware of your surroundings.

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