Pregnancy - Preparing for conception and chilbirth

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Pregnancy - Preparing for conception and chilbirth

Trying for a baby can be a tense time, for both parents – there can be a lot of pressure put upon you by friends, family, your partner and society as a whole, so take a deep breath and think just of yourselves for a while.

Eating a healthy, balanced diet can make your body the best it can be ready for conception time, and whilst we’re not going to go into the mechanics of the actual conception, higher levels of Folic acid are recommended by the NHS website for the time leading up to conception and the first 12 weeks of pregnancy – so it’s not a bad idea to start increasing your intake when you start to try for a baby.

Where do you find Folic acid?

Folic acid is (despite it’s name) a naturally occurring vitamin which is found in brown rice, leafy green vegetables and granary bread. Some breakfast cereals have it added to them as well.

The NHS recommend that an increased dose of at least 400 mcg per day are taken in the early stages to ensure that you minimise the risk of Neural Tube Defects (NFD), such as Spina Bifida.

Our Nature’s Sunshine Pre Natal product has 800mcg of folic acid, along with Vitamins A, B, C, D & E – giving you the best basis for bringing a child into your family.

This product supports the mother as well as the baby, so it’s a perfect way of making sure that you’re both safe and well. It also contains ginger root, which helps to soothe the stomach during periods of morning sickness.

As the pregnancy progresses

Your thoughts will start to turn to the actual childbirth – and whilst your midwife team will guide you through the practicalities of the birth itself and make sure that you and your body are ready for the big event, you might want to look at natural remedies to help you to prepare your body. Red Raspberry leaves are traditionally used for their vitamin C and high tannin content, and they have been used for hundreds of years to support the female reproductive system and is especially useful in the later stages of pregnancy as your body prepares for childbirth. We’ve been selling the Red Raspberry capsules for years and helping mothers to prepare themselves naturally for welcoming their child into the world.

Essential Oils and pregnancy 

You might be tempted to get a relaxing massage during your pregnancy, and there are lots of people who specialise in performing this type of massage, as you can imagine, more care has to be taken to ensure that your baby is not harmed and you’re not put into an uncomfortable position, but take care when considering which essential oils to use – as some of them are not suitable for pregnant ladies. All of our essential oils carry a warning if they should not be used by pregnant women, or those nursing a baby – but you can check with your health visitor for clarity.