The Chinese viewpoint on preconceptual care
Acupuncture treatment to aid conception
Imbalance of the Liver
The menstrual cycle
Factors which affect periods
Treatment with acupuncture during the cycle
Postperiod - day 5 to day 11 Ovulation - day 11 to day 15 Postovulation, premenstrual - day 15 to day 28
Natural family planning
The female cycle
The vital role of nutrition in pregnancy
Optimum nutrition Infertility
Nutrition to prevent defects
Negative influences on prenatal health
Stress Smoking Alcohol intake Drugs
Toxic chemicals, metals and minerals How to protect yourself nutritionally Other points on protecting yourself from pollution
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Healthy parents produce healthy babies. And healthy babies, in general, have a better chance of growing into healthy children and healthy adults. All parents hope that their baby will be free of abnormality, 'bouncing' and strong, not sickly and weak.
Professor David Barker, head of the Environmental Epidemiology Unit of the Medical Research Council, has been conducting research into the effect of the mother's nutrition prior to conception and during pregnancy on the health of her children in later life. His early conclusion is that: 'it looks as though getting it right at the beginning may be a key to good health throughout life'. Ensuring optimum health in both partners in the period leading up to conception (as well as in the mother during pregnancy) can do a great deal to enhance fetal growth and minimise the risk of fetal abnormalities.
This chapter looks at the way in which parents can influence the health of their unborn child by optimising their own health before conception occurs. It examines the simple measures that can be taken to eliminate toxins, allergies and environmental pollutants from the body, along with all the other negative influences on prenatal health. It discusses methods of natural family planning and the vital role that nutrition plays, both preconceptually and throughout pregnancy. It explains
conception from the viewpoint of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and details the acupuncture points that can be used prior to conception and at particular stages of the menstrual cycle. Finally, it gives pointers on exercise when planning a baby.
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