2009-11-06 / Columnists

Health & Harmony

The Pregnant New Yorker
Commentary By Dr. Nancy Gahles

DR. NANCY GAHLES DR. NANCY GAHLES There appears to be another baby boom upon us. The questions about safe pregnancies abound in my practice. What can I eat? Can I do yoga? Is it safe to get a massage? How do I keep healthy throughout my pregnancy?

The answers I give are generally those born of common sense. Eat whole, nutritious foods, organic, no pesticides or preservatives, drink plenty of fluids (not with sugar or high fructose corn syrup), get lots of sleep, listen to your body and exercise daily in a way that feels nurturing. Keep the stress level at a minimum. Gather your resources and use them wisely. People are resources. Create a network of like minded individuals who will support you during these trimesters that bring quick changes physically, mentally and emotionally.

Select a team for prenatal care and delivery that is composed of professionals who have the same beliefs and values as you do in terms of the way in which you want to give birth. You do have options and it is worth your while to investigate these beforehand so that you are prepared to make decisions out of strength and not fear. The worst time to make choices is when you are in labor, in pain or in distress. Your team should know what your wishes are and be able to implement them in the event that you are too fatigued or in the throes of labor pains. Your OB/GYN or Certified Nurse Midwife is the primary caregiver in this scenario. There are many other practices available to pregnant women to support them through the prenatal stages as well as through delivery, post partum and beyond. On Saturday, November 14, 2009, The Pregnant New Yorker will offer an Alternative Health Expo from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at New York Personal Training 12 West 21 Street (between 5th and 6th Avenue). "The expo will provide an opportunity to get expert advice and talk one-on-one to a variety of practitioners in all aspects relating to pregnancy and babies. There will be demos, classes, mini-consultations and more," says Janet.

I will be there to give personal miniconsultations on Integrative Health - care solutions to common health complaints during pregnancy. These may include heartburn, hemorrhoids, constipation, backache and ligament pain, insomnia, nausea, labor and healing after birth. I will discuss safe homeopathic remedies for you and your baby from my popular brochure, Have a Healthy Happy Pregnancy. You can download this brochure from www.nationalcenterforhomeopathy.org or e-mail me at askDrNancy@aol.com.

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