Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth, 2e by Zita West

By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and useful consultant to utilizing acupuncture to regard girls all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an unheard of wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a ebook obtainable to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners protecting body structure on the topic of being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture methods and suggesting issues and element mixtures for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis bins and guidelines
  • Covers dietary facets of pregnancy
  • Gives sensible recommendation and guideline at the use of acupuncture during the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
  • Uses case examples to additional illustrate the text
  • Covers fresh advances relating to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune approach and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of beneficial addresses
  • Fully up-to-date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
  • Nutrition and its impression at the foetus (new and constructing zone of research)

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Vitamin F (essential fatty acids or EFAs) These form a large part of the membranes of all cells and give rise to prostaglandins, which are used to make adrenal and sex hormones and which affect all the body’s systems. They help in the absorption of nutrients and activate many enzymes. EFA deficiency may be a contributory factor in pre-eclampsia (Crawford & Doyle 1989). Good food sources. These include nuts, unrefined oils, nuts such as Brazils, nut butters, green leafy vegetables, seeds such as sunflower and linseed, oily fish such as herring, mackerel, tuna, sardines and salmon.

Iron is needed to make haemoglobin, the substance which carries oxygen in the blood, and the number of red blood cells increases by 30% during pregnancy. The expanding blood volume dilutes the concentration in the bloodstream. Deficiency can lead to poor memory, sluggishness and tiredness. In the fetus, iron deficiency can cause defects in the eye, bone and brain, and slow growth, as well as being a factor in neonatal mortality. indd 44 10/10/2007 4:44:45 PM Nutrition in pregnancy 45 Magnesium Magnesium works with calcium and together they create strong bones and teeth and are both essential for the development of the baby’s muscle and nervous system.

So the plants keep on growing, but without their full complement of vitamins and minerals. So the people who eat them end up deficient too. Chemical additives and preservatives mean that, although food may still look edible, it can be days or even weeks old. A fresh orange, for example, may provide around 115 mg of vitamin C. Or it may provide none at all. Overprocessing and refining also rob food of vital vitamins and minerals. And what goodness is left is all too often destroyed by our methods of cooking.

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