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
Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy Anyone who has experienced depression themselves, or watched helplessly as someone they love endures it, will attest that the affects of depression are far reaching and long lasting. Many studies have explored the prevalence and treatment of postpartum depression. However, few have explored the treatment of depression in pregnancy. There is no doubt that treatment of depression in pregnancy brings with it a new layer of complexity. Between 1999 and 2003 the
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 in the hope
Making your own aromatheraphy massage oil for pregnancy By Wendy Mackay One of the basics of rules of aromatherapy is that essential oils must be diluted to be applied to the skin. Making your own massage oil can be a wonderful way of using essential oils. Massage oils can also be used as body oils, as a way of moisturising and protecting your skin in a similar way to a body lotion. When making your oil you will need
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 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
Aromatherapy in Pregnancy By Wendy Mackay People get very concerned about the use of aromatherapy and essential oils during pregnancy. Some, including some aromatherapists, even advise not to use any essential oils at all. I personally think that is a bit extreme, and also a great pity, as many essential oils can be quite useful in helping the prospective mum through this time. There are a number of reasons that the area of aromatherapy and pregnancy has become the subject
Women's Use of Complementary and Alternative Therapies During Pregnancy 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