Maternal Changes During Pregnancy
Faced with the joy of pregnancy and the anticipation of the new life, we tend to pay scant attention to the physiological miracles occurring within, believing nature will take care of it. But a woman’s body changes significantly during these 40 weeks and research shows, many natural treatments can make the journey much easier. From fertilisation to birth, a period of forty weeks, the developing foetus relies solely on its mother to provide all the nourishment it needs. So how does the maternal body adapt to facilitate the growth of another life? Under the influence of reproductive and other hormones the maternal body undergoes physical and physiological changes in order to sustain the developing foetus. These changes often cause discomfort to the mother and may increase the likelihood of her experiencing more serious conditions during her pregnancy and even well after delivery. More scientifically proven evidence is emerging showing that many simple, natural treatments may help to ease maternal discomfort and prevent the onset of some serious complications associated with pregnancy.
A potentially serious disorder associated with pregnancy is gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) which can cause pregnancy complications including mortality and foetal irregularities. Risk factors associated with GDM include obesity, advanced maternal age, five or more pregnancies, and deficiency of magnesium, potassium, chromium or vitamin B6. During pregnancy the volume of blood increases by around fifty percent, maternal iron deficiency during pregnancy reduces the iron stores of the new baby for the first twelve months after birth. Pre-eclampsia most commonly occurs twenty weeks after gestation in women during their first pregnancy or in women with multiple foetuses, diabetes mellitus or chronic hypertension.
This condition reduces the utero-placental blood flow and can restrict the growth of the foetus. Sufficient levels of omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium have been shown to prevent the development of this condition. Probably the most common gastro-intestinal symptom experienced by pregnant women is morning sickness, or nausea and vomiting of pregnancy. It is estimated that up to eighty percent of all pregnant women experience morning sickness, usually commencing at around five weeks gestation and spontaneously resolving by the twentieth week. Several studies have demonstrated the benefit of acupressure for the management of pregnancy related nausea. Other well documented treatments for nausea and vomiting of pregnancy are Ginger and vitamin B6. Pregnancy is a time of great joy and also great challenge but armed with know-how and access to effective therapies, you can ensure a happy, healthy pregnancy and a happy, healthy baby.
Julie Wilson supports Auckland women with hormone related imbalances to gain health and vitality, naturally by addressing key health concerns and by showing you how to integrate simple natural solutions into your daily living.
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