Complementary or alternative therapies are a growing trend. Indeed, many women using them during preconception, pregnancy, labour, birth and after the baby is born. While some options are safe in pregnancy others are not. This means that it’s important to use complementary therapies with care and consult your midwife or doctor. Complementary therapies may help you achieve a natural pregnancy, avoiding the unnecessary use of synthetic chemicals and medication.
Complementary therapies include natural medicine products such as herbal preparations, nutritional substances, vitamin and mineral tablets. They also include a whole range of therapies such as massage, acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic care. Aiming to shift the balance towards health and wellbeing; complementary therapies aim to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
To help you achieve a natural pregnancy we’ve gathered together a range of resources on complementary therapies used during pregnancy, birth and beyond.
Natural Pregnancy Articles
Raspberry Leaf By Jane Palmer You are probably familiar with the popular fruit, the Raspberry (Rubus idaeus). The raspberry is native to many parts of Europe and Northern America. The leaves of the raspberry plant were used as a medicinal herb for centuries. People believe they have many varied properties including those that are beneficial for pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding. Many think that raspberry leaf, if taken regularly through pregnancy and labour, can help with: Easing the symptoms of
Raspberry leaf: panacea for pregnancy and labour or problem? By Michelle Simpson Midwife Red raspberry leaf, otherwise known as rubus idaeus, has been used medicinally since the sixth century. Its use and reputation as an aid in pregnancy and childbirth has grown throughout the years, despite the paucity of research into its safety and efficacy for mothers and babies during pregnancy and birth. A herb, red raspberry leaf is consumed in tea, tablet or tincture form by pregnant women
Acupuncture Beats Morning Sickness By Brook Canning BHSc (Acu), Ad Dip TCM (China), PGC CHM, Dip SAM Ironically for many women ‘morning sickness’ can be suffered at anytime of the day or night, sometimes constantly. It is often described as a terrible hangover that never relents or constant food poisoning. It is experienced mostly in the early stages of pregnancy between six and sixteen weeks, although for some unfortunate women it is a constant presence until they reach full
A Chiropractic Pregnancy By Julie Day Kirrawee Natural Care Clinic Every pregnant mother wants to have a healthy, safe and natural pregnancy. A birthing mother who is deeply connected to her own body, who looks deep within herself, trusting her own body to do what it is hardwired to do, is much more likely to experience a natural birth process than someone who is fearful. Unfortunately, fear can become a ‘self-fulfilling prophecy’ because the brain responds to fearful emotions
Chiropractic – Philosophy, Art and Lifestyle By Dr Jacey Pryjma The chiropractic approach to health is one of harmony and vitalism. Chiropractic is based on the scientific premise that the body is a self-regulating and self-healing being. In Australia there are over 215,000 consultations each week (1) including the elderly, mothers, fathers, children and newborns. Chiropractic care is focused on supporting and sustaining health by maintaining the integrity of the structure (primarily the spine, and pelvis) and function (the
Relaxation during pregnancy has many benefits. It can help to relieve physical, emotional and psychological tension, assist in preparing mind and body for birth, and ultimately support better outcomes for mothers and babies. Relaxation during pregnancy can take many forms, from something as simple as taking time to rest or do something pleasurable, to more structure activities like Yoga. However it is taken though, one common outcome exits – relaxation during pregnancy reduces stress! Generally speaking most of us
By Amie Steel, Jane Frawley The majority of women rely on health professionals, such as midwives, general practitioners (GPs) and obstetricians, during pregnancy and birth to ensure that both mother and baby are as healthy as possible. Are these the only practitioners providing care to women during this important time in their lives? New research suggests there are 'others' involved. These other health professionals are broadly defined as 'complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) practitioners', an umbrella term that covers
By Karen Pohlner Acupuncture is also an artificial method of inducing post-term babies, but it is enjoying increasing popularity as women with uncomplicated pregnancies seek to avoid conventional medical induction, imposition of medical timeframes, and the cascade of interventions that often follow. Acupuncture induction is safe and effective and works harmoniously with the delicate hormonal balance of pregnancy to promote labour. TCM practitioners will never perform internal, vaginal examination under any circumstance. The primary method of collecting TCM diagnostic