All Posts in ‘Pregnancy Tips’

Jun
17
2013

Flora CircuVein Helps Alleviate Varicose Veins

Categories: Antioxidants, Hemorrhoids, Pregnancy Tips, Varicose Veins

Are you tired of unsightly varicose veins? Spider Veins or Hemorrhoids?  Don’t let varicose veins or other blood vessel problems hold you back.

CircuVein by Flora

CircuVein by Flora

Everyday we hear from customers that they do not want to wear shorts, or aside from the way the veins look, it is pulsing, throbbing and causing major discomfort.

Flora’s CircuVein is clinically proven to reduce the appearance of varicose and spider veins within just 2 months! The first product of its kind, CircuVein alleviates symptoms of varicose veins, and repairs and strengthens blood vessels. This clinically-proven formula also relieves symptoms of hemorrhoids.

NPN Claims

  • Helps to alleviate symptoms (swelling, heavy sensation) of varicose veins / chronic venous insufficiency.
  • Relieves symptoms (pain, edema, bleeding) associated with acute and chronic hemorrhoidal diseases.

Features

  • Acts as an antioxidant and supports veins by reducing inflammation
  • Protects and tones vascular blood vessels to prevent leakage, swelling and heaviness
  • Promotes healthy circulation for blood vessels
  • Relieves symptoms (pain, edema, bleeding) associated with acute and chronic hemorrhoid diseases
  • Formulated for optimum absorption
  • Safe for long term use
  • Vegan
  • Gluten-free

We hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

May
3
2012

Dr. Rona’s Healthwise Digest: Understanding Your Thyroid

Categories: Belly Fat, Cholesterol, Colon Health, Depression, Energy, Fertility, Hair Loss, Mood, Pregnancy Tips, Weight Loss

One of the best ways we can take charge of our own health is to be informed.  Thyroid problems are very common and it is important to know the signs and symptoms of what a poor functioning thyroid looks like.  People live in unecessary discomfort from hypothyroidism everyday.  I hope that Dr. Rona’s article will reach you and provide you with some in sight of what may be going on with your thyroid or perhaps someone you know.

By Dr. Zoltan P. Rona, M.D., M.Sc.
The thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped gland situated in the neck wrapped around the windpipe located just below the Adam’s apple. It controls metabolism and virtually every aspect of health including weight, mood, energy and circulation. Damage to the thyroid can lead to underactivity (hypothyroidism), overactivity (hyperthyroidism), thyroid inflammation (thyroiditis) and thyroid cancer.
The thyroid uses iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to manufacture the thyroid hormones T3 (triiodotyrosine) and T4 (thyroxine). About 80% of the hormones made are T4 while 20% is T3. It is T3 that is the more biologically active form of thyroid hormone. In order to have adequate amounts of T3 there has to be some conversion of T4 into T3. This is something that can occur both inside and outside of the thyroid.
The thyroid is controlled by a rather complex feedback mechanism. When the hypothalamus in the brain senses there is an inadequate amount of thyroid hormones present, it releases a hormone known as TRH (Thyrotropin-releasing hormone) which in turn tells the pituitary gland to release TSH which then stimulates the thyroid gland to synthesize and release more thyroid hormone (T3 and T4) into the circulation. Thus, the level of TSH goes higher in order to help the thyroid manufacture more of the hormones. The reverse occurs when there is an excess of thyroid hormone, a condition referred to as hyperthyroidism.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do MAIL ORDERS call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Mar
15
2012

Iron Smart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe: Helps Fight Fatigue, Anemia Hair Loss and MORE!

Categories: Energy, Fertility, Hair Loss, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

Looking for an iron that does not cause constipation? Tastes good? Can be taken with other supplements? Is convenient? IronSmart by Lorna Vanderhaeghe is your answer.  I use this one myself and there is nothing like it!  I actually look forward to taking it everyday because it tastes sooo good.  I know this sounds funny, but supplements are expensive and they can become a huge waste if you are not inclined to take them.  You need to have everything working for you such as taste and convenience to get you consistantly taking your supplements!!

Iron is a tricky supplement as most contribute to constipation or they have an unpleasant taste that tends to stay on your palate.  Iron is one of those important supplements for women as many are deficient!

How do you know if you are low in Iron?

  • Getting a blood test is number one, but there are other signs to help you out…
  • Fatigue
  • Heavy menstruation often leads to loss of Iron
  • Cool hands and feet
  • For more information please read Lorna Vanderhaeghe’s wonderful brochure.

I just want to point out that women in of their childbearing years need iron!  Menopausal and post menopausal usually do not or they take very little.  Again it is always best to check with your health care practitioner.

While I was breast feeding I stopped taking iron and this was a huge mistake for me.  I became extremely fatigued after about 3 or 4 months.  All of my stores were used up and I was definitely not depressed, but I was feeling very lethargic.  Once I started taking 1 teaspoon a day of IronSmart I felt a huge difference within a week.  Here is the dosaing below:

Suggested Usage:

Adults (12 and over): 1 – 3 teaspoons (5 – 15mL) daily with food.

Adult Female > 19: 2 teaspoons

Adult Female > 50: 1 teaspoon

Children: (4-11 years): 1 teaspoon (5mL) daily with food.

Breastfeeding: 1 teaspoon

Pregnancy: 3 teaspoons

Take a few hours before or after taking other medication or as directed by a health practitioner.
The Ironsmart with LipoferTM Solution

  • Maximum bioavailability and absorption
  • Non-irritating; no diarrhea, nausea or other digestive symptoms
  • Non-constipating
  • Excellent liposomal technology
  • Can be taken with your multivitamin with minerals as it does not interact with other                ingredients
  • Can be taken anytime, with or without food
  • Does not stain teeth
  • Delicious caramel taste
  • No metallic taste
  • Low toxicity
  • Raises hemoglobin and ferritin quickly
  • No need for the high doses seen with ferrous fumarate
  • Vegetarian formula

Some benefits of taking IronSmart:

  • Helps to prevent & treat iron deficiency anemia
  • Helps in the proper function and formation of red blood cells
  • Helps fatigue
  • Supports fertility
  • and much more… for more info please read Lorna Vanderhaeghe product fact sheet.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do mail orders call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Mar
12
2012

Vancouver Personal Fitness Trainer: Angela Sasso Gets YOU Results!

Categories: Energy, Mens Health, Pregnancy Tips, Speakers in Vancouver, Weight Loss, Womans Health
Angela Sasso is your gal if you need that extra push for losing weight.  She is not only qualified as a personal trainer, but she has extensive experience in the field and she is a shinning example of what dedication and hard work looks like.  She takes care of herself first and this gives her the ability to get others on a healthy path as well.  A couple of years ago I also was Angela Sasso’s client.  My goal was to become stronger before I became pregnant.  I wanted to lose fat and gain muscle to make my body run more efficiently.  I completed this goal, became pregnant and now I have a beautiful 8 month old girl at home!!  With Angela, I learned what exercises worked for my body and I learned what I could manage for my life.  Also, she keeps your work-out talored for YOU.  If you live in a condo she keeps this in mind, if you are a social person, or if you prefer to work out at home… she keeps all of these things in mind.  She has a lovely personality as well which is extremely important.  NOW, while she may be nice, she’s tough!!  BUT she makes it fun and enjoyable while she gets YOU results!!
Benefits of a Personal Trainer:
  • Commitment! 
  • Keeps you accountable.
  • See results faster than if working out on your own.
  • You push yourself harder because someone is there pushing you a long.
  • Helpful in transforming your whole life style for example, nutrition and fitness.
  • Helps you learn about yourself.
  • You don’t feel alone.

Below is a little note written by Angela.  We wanted to share this with all of you.  She was recently on a Blog Talk Radio Show which discusses Uniting Man’s Physical, Mental and Spiritual character into its true nature of holism.

Hi everybody,
Hope everything is well with all of you…. I just wanted to share an interview I had this morning on a Blog Talk Radio Show (Science of the Soul) with Dr. Michael Likey. Michael is a Metaphysical doctor who I met 10 years ago. Metaphysics seeks to explain the nature of being and the origin and structure of the world, uniting man’s physical, mental, and spiritual character into its true nature of holism.
Dr. Michael Likey, international author and spiritual teacher, his show primarily focuses on a series of regular  meditative thoughts on transformative self-help topics. Every show features a  meditative/scientific treatment along with the particular lecture-topic and special guest. He asked me to be on his his show, and I of course said yes! Being that physical fitness and healthful eating plays is so important for complete physical, mental, emotional, & spiritual wellness.
Have a listen to the link below…
Best,
Angela Sasso
“Helping people lose weight & feel great!”
Remember losing weight is hard and it can be quite challenging, but it is not impossible.  Create a support system, set yourself up with a plan for success with reasonable and attainable goals in mind and before you know it you will have everything you have ever dreamed of.  There are so many options out there, supplements, personal trainer, nutritionists etc.  Find the path that is right for you!

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do mail orders call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

 

Mar
9
2012

Dr. Oz: Should Men and Women Take Different Vitamins?

Categories: Alive Brand, Fertility, Menopause, Mens Health, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

At Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus we have a variety of different brands that offer both men and womens Multi-Vitamins.  There are some important differences and Dr. Oz amoung other health professionals are here to back it up.

Examples of Brands That Offer Both Men and Women Multi-Vitamins:

  • Platinum Naturals
  • Progressive Vitamins
  • New Chapter Vitamins
  • Alive Vitamins

Those are some of your top brands.

Dr. Oz has a list of things you should pay attention to when shopping for your Multi-Vitamin:

  • No more than 3500 iu of Vitamin A to avoid toxicity.
  • Preferably no more than 30 iu of Vitamin (while it is an excellent anti-oxidant, it is a bit of a blood thinner)
  • Preferably no calcium in our multi.  It should be taken separately.  If it has it in there, no more than 200 mg of Calcium.  WHY? Because Calcium impedes the absorption of other vitamins and minerals such as iron)
  • You should avoid Iron if you are post-menopausal or male.  Women of childbearing age should consider taking 18 mg of iron a day.  Iron is one of the most common deficient minerals in women leading to fatigue, hair loss and even fertility problems.  Lorna Vanderhaeghe has one of the best Iron supplements out there called IronSmart.
  • Make sure your Multi-Vitamin has Iodine.  Very important for the healthy function of the thyroid.
  • Some ingredients a mens Multi-Vitamin may have is Saw Palamento, or Lycopene for healthy prostate, where as a womens Multi-Vitamin will have Iron.

Just remember men and women are built differently and therefore we need to be nourished differently.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can do to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Also, if there is not a location near you, we do mail orders call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

 

Mar
2
2012

Taking Supplements When Pregnant or Nursing

Categories: Baby Health, Breast Health, Digestive Health, Omega 3's, Pregnancy Tips, Probiotics, Weight Loss, Womans Health

I often have women who are prenant or nursing asking me what they can take for weight loss or even what supplements they can even just take period.

I have an 8 month old at home and I know how you feel. With regards to the products discussed in my weight loss posts, it is not advised for pregnant women to take many of those.

What can you take?

You can take a good quality Whey Protein Isolate for example from the brand Progressive.

Fish Oil from Ascenta for example

Calcium Magnesium such as Coral Calcium from Alive

Really the main thing during pregnancy is to just eat the most healthy as possible. One of my favourites that always made me feel full was Kale salad. Just oil and balsamic vinegar, cracked black pepper, sun dried tomatoes, artichokes, feta cheese, pine nuts or whatever nuts you like. you can modify the salad of course if you like red peppers that is nice too. The key with Kale is it is really crunchy so you can actually put the dressing on the night before and it will be a nice texture the next day. Veges that are super dark are very rich in nutrients and it makes you full because they are so dense with lots of fibre.

Keep in mind that now is not the time to lose weight.  So just make sure you have lots of hearty healthy calories. You will feel fantastic. Also I ate more in the morning and less and less throughout the day and I slept excellent. Now I am still nursing so I have to be careful still with supplements, but I continue with my Platinum Prenatel, lots of Ascenta fish oil, cal/mag, probiotic (helps with digestion and totally safe throughout pregnancy/nursing).

A tip for breakfast is NutraCleanse!! This is amazing. Really helps regularity great for the breast milk its a fabulous product and is extremely safe, natural and healthy. You just sprinkle it on cereal or what ever you want. http://www.alivehealthblog.com/2011/05/26/nutracleanse-high-fibre-food-source/ there is the link.

Above is a just an example of a response that I often have to make.  Just wanted to share.

As always, we hope that you will come and visit us at either Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements Plus. Do not sit in silence; there are so many things you can to better your health! Get excited and take charge of your health. Let’s work together, along with your doctor to ensure you are doing all you can to lead a happy and healthy life. Our team looks forward to helping you with what ever your health concerns are.

Feb
15
2012

Exercising After Pregnancy

Categories: Baby Health, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Quick Tips, Womans Health

Being a mother is a wonderful experience, but finding the time for yourself can be challenging.  It is so much fun looking after your little one, watching them reach all the milestones and discovering their personality.  BUT, don’t forget to take time for yourself!  You will both will be better for it.  A happy mom makes for a well adjusted happy baby.

Moms are very eager to get back to their pre-pregnancy weight, but remember to not be too hard on yourself.  The most important thing for the first month after pregnancy is to recover from giving birth.  Whether you have had a caesarian or natural birth you have to give your body time to recover.  Make sure you work with your health practitioner to find out what types of movements are best for you.  Just because your friend is jogging doesn’t mean that you are ready to put on your Lu Lu Lemon’s.  That being said it is generalyl a good start for most women to give walking a try.  It is something that both you and your baby can handle.  It is excellent to get fresh air and if your baby had Jaundice, Physicians often recommend to take your baby outside for small bouts of sunshine.  Of course be wary of how long and what time of day you are putting your baby in the sun.

Tips to Getting Started:

  • Start with walking, some women start after 2 weeks and some women need more time such as a month.
  • Caesarian takes roughly 6 weeks to heal and this means there should be no heavy lifting.  Rule of thumb is to lift nothing heavier than your baby.  As for tender muscles this can take much longer and then in terms of the numbness around the incision can take 6 months.  Again this is varies from woman to woman.
  • Be careful when introducing weights and resistant type exercises.  Sit ups, push ups and planks are definetly out until your core muscles are ready for strengthening.
  • Having trouble fitting in exercise? Try exercising when your baby is most self soothing.  For me my baby is almost 8 months old and she is the most easy going after her morning feed.  She likes to play on her Bright Start Albert Einstein mat.  She will basically practice her yoga while mommy does her work out!  I really like the “10 Minute Trainer” videos with Tony Horton.  Then I place the baby in a spot where she cannot see the TV, but she can still see me moving around working up a swet!
  • Also, there is local personal trainer that I have used, her name is Angela Sasso.  She is located in Vancouver BC. She is amazing, extremely positive, motivating, knows the fitness industry inside and out.  You can check her out as she has her own youtube channel.  She helped me get into shape before I got pregnant.  I had excellent core strength going into pregnancy and this greatly helped me maintain a work out plan during pregnancy and it also helped me during labour.
  • If time is a problem and you do not have any help raising your baby, try to find ten minutes to exercise when while your baby sleeps.
  • Keep in mind the first couple of months is all about sleeping when your baby sleeps, so again take your time introducing exercise into your routine.  Also, if you are able to breast feed this is a great way to get your weight down.
  • Eat healthier than ever before!  Seems like a logical thing to do, but sometimes women see the weight coming off due to breast feeding so they cheat.  This is not a good idea as your metbolism will slow right down and your energy will become sluggish; before you know it weight will be packing on.  Also, you want to be feeding your baby healthy nutrients.

Lastly, if you are breast feeding, you must continue to air on the side of caution when taking supplements.  Doctors and health practioners agree that a prenatal multi-vitamin, fish oil and calcum/magnesium is pretty much it while breast feeding.  These means no cleansing, no weight loss supplements with caffeine etc.  However, there are some things that you can sneak into your diet that are good for both your metabolism and your babies health.  Things like coconut oil are safe.  This is one of the best cooking oils to use as it is not carcinogenic when heated.  It is an excellent oil for the heart and metabolism!

As always thank you for reading.  If you have any more questions concerning exercises as well as what supplements are safe during breast feeding we would be happy to answer your questions at a location near you.  Or you can feel free to call us toll free at 1 866 499 9546

Aug
16
2011

Easy Multi Prenatal by Platinum Naturals

Categories: Baby Health, Mood, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

Finding out you are pregnant is one of the most exciting moments in life.  Once you know, then come all the decisions of what doctor to go with, what hospital to deliver in, or perhaps you want to have a midwife.  Will you formula feed or breast feed… and the list goes on.  One of the most common comments from expecting mothers is that during pregnancy is the healthiest they have ever been!  When it comes to choosing your prenatal multi, there are many out there on the market and it is hard to know which one is the best.  For myself, co-workers, friends and family, the favourite seems to be Easy Multi Prenatal by Platinum Naturals.

Why Easy Multi Prenatal by Platinum Naturals?

It is extremely convenient.  All you need is one a day!  It also has fish oil (DHA) in the multi.  Just a refresher of why you want fish oil in your prenatal… fish oil has the essential acid DHA which is shown to be crucial for the babies brain development.  It is also good for the mood of a child.  When kids are too excitable or have an attention deficit disorder, doctors as well as the natural health care professionals agree that a fish oil with a high concentration of DHA is key!

Also Platinum Naturals entire Easy Multi line is known for being one of the most absorbable.  You know the expression, “You are what you eat.”  Platinum’s slogan is, “You are what you absorb.”  They believe in making clean supplements with no binders or fillers.  The Easy Multi Prenatal is absorbable because it is in a liquid capsule.  What I absolutely love about this multi, is during the time period where I experienced morning sickness I was still able to get in my multi-vitamin because it was only one a day and the capsule is small.  Also there was no fishy after taste.

When to take Easy Multi Prenatal?

EasyMulti® Prenatal is a comprehensive multivitamin for pregnant, nursing mothers and those trying to conceive.
Supplementing with a high quality multivitamin with DHA during pregnancy is important to you and your baby’s health.  DHA is important for your baby’s brain and eye development, as well as their hand-eye coordination.  Unfortunately, if you are like most women, you’re probably not getting enough DHA from your diet alone.

Benefits for you and your Baby!

For Mother

•    Replenishes stores of vitamins and minerals depleted by the added demands on the body of a growing fetus
•    Corrects nutritional deficiencies resulting from dietary restrictions, food intolerance’s and complications of pregnancy like nausea, vomiting and poor   absorption
•    Reinforces the mother’s immune system at a critical time when she cannot afford to become ill
•    Enhances the mother’s vitality and combats feelings of exhaustion, low energy and  weakness often experienced in pregnancy
•    Helps prevent iron-deficiency anemia
•    Reduces the risk of developing preeclampsia

For Baby

•    Makes up for nutritional shortfalls in the mother’s diet and ensures that the baby has an adequate supply of nutrients
•    Increases the odds of carrying the baby to term
•    Reduces the risk of low birth weight
•    Improves the quality of breast milk
•    Contributes to the development of healthy bones and higher bone density
•    Potentially increases the child’s visual acuity
•    Helps to prevent common birth defects of the spinal cord (spina bifida) and of the brain (anencephaly)

As always, thank you for reading.  We look forward to helping you at a location near you with whatever your health concerns are.

Also we do mail orders, and you can call us toll free at 1866 499 9546

 

Jul
14
2011

Shannon’s Labour Experience: True Story…

Categories: Baby Health, Parents, Pregnancy Tips, Womans Health

This article is much different from what you have been used to here with the Alive, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus Blog.  I tend to stick with articles telling you about different products, specific health concerns and how to treat them or I put recipes up on the blog to share with everyone.  I try not to get too personal I guess you could say.  BUT over the last nine months of pregnancy I have had a blast.  I really enjoyed my first experience of being pregnant and now I am absolutely amazed at how wonderful motherhood can be.  I want to share with you my labour experience.  I would like to tell you right away that this is a positive article!  Not an article telling you how awful the pain was, or about everything that went wrong, but instead an article to help women as well as men who may be anticipating a baby some things they can expect.  Therefore, I should mention this is not a scientific article, it is merely my experience of what happened and the things that I am soo glad that I thought of and did as well as looking back some things I would have done differently OR better yet will do for next time!  Honestly, the whole experience has been so wonderful I am very excited to have more then one if its meant to be!  Hope you enjoy the article…

 

My Little Girl Danica!

June 30th 2011 I go in for my weekly Dr. appointment.  I notice that I have had clear discharge, but very little.  However, just to be safe I asked my doctor if it is possible that my water broke.  (In prenatal classes you learn that to go into labour your water doesn’t have to be the first sign.  Also you learn that when your water breaks it is not like the movies! It is not necessary a huge water fall.)  Mr Dr. suggested we air on the side of caution and so she sent me to the hospital to run some tests on the fluid and to check if the cervix was open.  So at around 11am we went to the hospital and long story short, no sign of baby and the fluid was not from the water breaking.  They said I probably will not deliver early most likely late.  My due date was July 6th, roughly a week away.  So I went home with my husband.  We made plans for the weekend to see some friends since we figured this will be our last chance to hang out without a little one around.  We had a relaxing day and we were ready to go to bed at 11pm, just turning off my side table lamp and then gush… (this time my water definitely broke!)  I was laughing and ran to the bathroom trying to prevent the water from getting on the bed.  I was fairly successful.  Right away I had very weak contractions; the early phase of labour had began!!  Remember there is no rush to go to the hospital when your early phase starts (this is assuming you have had a normal pregnancy throughout and that you are not delivering twins.  Most times it is best to stay home in the beginning because you are more relaxed to get labour going and you have your own food, comforts of home and a shower which is a huge help by the way!)  The next step is to call the hospital and your Dr. to let them know your status.  This way they can be expecting you in the next little while…

So the night goes by and it is now July1st! Happy Canada Day!! I have had contractions all night at this point, but they have been irregular and they have been mild.  Slightly stronger but nothing to really get this party started!  However, I still call the doctor at 8:30am because in this situation my water has broken.  What this means is usually they need the baby to come out within 24 hours of the water breaking.  If my water had not broke and I was just having contractions, sometimes they will let this part go on much longer.  The goal is to try to get your body to go into labour by itself.  BUT if there is one thing I can pass on it is: “At the end of the day all that matters is HEALTHY BABY HEALTHY MOM, it doesn’t matter how the baby gets in your arms, all that matters is the family is united at the end of it all.”  So many women have an idealized plan in the mind of how their labour will be perfect or just the way they planned it.  The sooner you let your stubbornness go the easier your labour will be.  Know your options before you deliver.  Meaning: know the pain meds, know the methods of delivery etc, but don’t write a script if you can help it.

Ok where was I…. so my water had broke and it was 8:30am and I called the Dr. and she said that if I do not go into labour on my own, with 411 which mean 4 contractions 1 min apart within 10 minutes of each other with some hefty pain, then they will have to induce me around 7:00pm….

Waited all day, and somewhat regular contractions started in the evening and I ended up going to the hospital at 6:00pm.  They looked at me, heart, blood pressure, position of baby which was head down, cervix open and I am ready to go!  Induction started at 8:00pm!

What is being induced?

Induced is when you need to go into labour faster than your body is doing it.  So they hook you up to an IV and start pumping in Oxytocin a hormone that induces (starts) labour.  Oxytocin is safe, it is literally a hormone you produce.  The interesting thing about being induced is that your contractions become like clock work.  It is a much faster process and labour doesn’t take as long, however it is intense! My Dr. warned me that I may need an epidural because the pain becomes so intense, rapid and strong quickly.  When you go into labour on your own it is more gradual.

What I personally did to cope with the PAIN and make labour easier!

  • I had a private room, lights were dim…
  • I had a exercise ball that I sat on and bounced around in (helps relieve the pressure down below)
  • Remembered to sit tall, but sit relaxed, don’t tense up, let your body relax… makes labour easier and shorter!
  • I did not sit on the table except when the nurse needed to put my IV in etc, the rest of the time I wanted to be free to walk around
  • I did visualization, tried to think of positive thoughts… trust me it is very easy to slip into “Why am I doing this, the pain is too strong, I want to give up, never again…” use the power of your mind and just keep repeating POSITIVE thoughts.  I am a strong women, I am meant to do this, I am going to be a mother soon, my baby is counting on me, I have the power to bring this little one in the world, the pain will pass and the baby will last my lifetime…”
  • I had the support of my husband.  Make sure you have some sort of coach or support in your room.  There are Doulas or you can have a friend but make sure they know what they can do to help support YOU!  They must be strong, not freak out and remember they can’t fix anything i.e. your pain, but they should be positive reinforcement that you are strong and amazing!
  • I had music!  Such a help, I got lost in the positive motivational words!
  • DEEP Breathing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Such a help!
  • Low tones……. instead of high tones I made low tones.  Some studies show that the baby feels more calm when the mother has low moaning verses screaming. It also calms you and reduces the perception of pain.
  • SHAVE ahead of time… this is a weird tip I know, but one of my girlfriends told me, shave before you go to the hospital otherwise they will do it for you.  I know personally I would rather do that myself down there.  It is one less thing for them to have to do and it is one less reason that they have to go poking around down there.
  • I kept telling myself that the contraction only last 1 minute!  I can do this, then I will have a break.  (Remember the contraction will not last forever! AND remember the contraction is helping you it is getting that baby out!)
  • DO NOT watch the clock or the minutes going by! It makes the labour seem much longer.  I watched the level of the contraction.  That number on the monitor helped me know when the contraction was coming on and it allowed me to time my breathing better.

Story continued…….

Close to the end I needed something to help me with the pain.  I knew I was very, very close, so I went with the laughing gas.  Benefits are: it is safe for the baby, it helps you focus on breathing.  Downside: it can make you throw up!  BUT I discovered how to make it not do that.  At first I was afraid of the laughing gas and I wasn’t taking a deep enough breath and I was stopping half way through the contraction etc.  Then I would throw up because I had the after taste of the laughing gas.  The nurse said sit tall, relax and fill those lungs, take a deep breath and also remember to blow out completely afterwards.  Once I started concentrating I was off to the races!!

At about 1:00am I turned to Nelson and said: “I am not sure how much more I can take…” I may need the epidural.  This is where I had to be realistic.  I didn’t want to have the epidural because you can’t feel when to push and sometimes it slows down the labour, but I was prepared to change my plan.  We decided to page the nurse.  The nurse came in and said: “Do you feel like you want to push, do you feel like you want to take the biggest bowel movement ever?!  I actually laughed and was like YES!!!!  She said well then get on this table she checked and I made it I was 10cm ready to get this baby OUT!! I was so happy no epidural for me!

BUT you know how I said she was head down… well somewhere during labour she turned and feet were coming out.  This means she has breached.  This is not good, but not life and death either.  These days it is completely easy to get that baby out so that the baby and mother are safe, but it just means a rapid change in plans.  Head always first, you can never deliver safely with feet first, so the nurse said: “Hun, good news you made it with out meds, but we have to do an emergency c-section.  Therefore we need to do a spinal (full epidural) and get the baby out, so STOP pushing and BREATH.”  They are very efficient and I felt completely looked after and safe.  I was very scared of a c-section, but I knew that the best thing to do was to surrender, healthy baby, health mom and trust the professionals.  They were so amazing.  I delivered at BC Women’s Hospital and honestly I am very thankful to the whole staff there.

10 minutes later…. baby is in my arms.  We made it!! Danica was born at 1:30am! Healthy as ever!  Again it was different than I had imagined my delivery to be.  Instead of soft lighting and having my husband beside me, I went to bright lights, people in surgical masks, a curtain in front of me, 10 people in the room and my husband coming in after.  So yes the mood changed and it wasn’t intimate, BUT it was still beautiful to see our little baby girl enter this world!!  Now that almost two weeks have gone by I couldn’t be more happy, she is amazing…

Also remember how I said to shave down there!  Well I am sooo happy I did.  In the frantic moments of… “Hurry we need to do a c-section, let’s shave her!” They looked and were like, never mind, she’s good to go.  Trust me at this point you just want the baby out so any little thing you can do to speed up the process is good.

Lastly some things I would do Differently for NEXT time:

  • Have the nurse check more often to see if the babies head is still facing down
  • Have my water ready and my puke bowl ready for when I throw up
  • Prevent throwing up by using the the laughing gas correctly
  • Bring photos that make me happy, maybe a baby picture of myself with my father holding me and maybe my favourite picture of my husband I and a picture of my family dog since he is soo cute and lovable
  • Start putting nipple cream on weeks before the pregnancy so that they don’t get so irritated.  Try to stick with it, mine did crack and even bleed a little bit the first week, but it does go away once you and your baby figure things out, (Also buy a BREAST PUMP!! Great way to get your milk out if your nipples are sore.  Gives you a fighting chance to breast feed.  BUT don’t beat yourself up if you can’t breast feed)

Well sorry it was a long article for a blog post.  Hopefully you got something out of it.  I realize that this pertains to a small audience, but hopefully it helps someone you may know.  As always I truly love helping people as well as the staff at Alive health Centre, Morning Sun and Supplements Plus.  If you have any questions feel free to email me at shannon@alivehealthblog.com and if you have questions there is a toll free number 1866 499 9546.  I will not be there because I am working from home now looking after the little one.  However our staff are all pretty well mothers, so if you have questions find a location near you.  Our caring staff would love to be of help!

Jul
13
2011

Savi Seeds by Sequel Naturals: The Sacha Inchi Seeds Packed with Nutrition!

Categories: ADHD, Antioxidants, Blood Sugar, Brain Health, Hot products, Kids Health, Pregnancy Tips

Savi Seeds by Sequel are toping the list for being the king of seeds!  Even Dr. Oz is raving about them.  They are filled with Omega’s, proteins and much much more!  They are a perfect way to get a healthy snack in, your kids will love them and there are three different flavours to choose from (coco, salted and caramel)!

While I was pregnant I carried a bag with me in my purse where ever I went.  It was a fantastic way to maintain blood sugar, eat healthy, reduce cravings for sweets and it has 13 times the omega 3 than salmon!  So I am hoping for a very smart daughter!  Remember that omega 3′s are filled with the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.  EPA is fantastic for inflammation and healing, while DHA is the brain food.  Helps the fetus brain development and reduces chances of ADD and other concentration/mood disorders.

What Are Savi Seeds? Where do They Come From?

When we say SaviSeed, we mean premium, organic sacha inchi seedsthe super food of the ancient Inca peoples. Not just your average seed, sacha inchi seeds are native to the Amazon rainforest and have been cultivated and consumed for centuries in Peru under the name ‘Inca Peanut’. SaviSeeds are the fruit of sacha inchi plants, herbaceous vines that produce star-shaped green pods which yield edible seeds – SaviSeeds. Our premium SaviSeeds are sustainably and organically grown and proudly produced in partnership with indigenous Peruvian farmers.

Details: Nutritional Value

SaviSeeds are rich in nutrients – making them a healthy but indulgent snack. Here’s why they are called a superfood:

Omega 3

Sacha inchi seeds are the richest source of Omega 3 on the planet! At 7000mg of heart-healthy Omega 3 per one ounce serving, they offer 13 times more Omega 3 than an ounce of wild salmon – without having to deal with unpleasant fishy flavors and aftertastes!

Protein

SaviSeeds are an exceptional source of plant-based protein with 8 grams of complete protein per ounce – more than most nuts and seeds. This highly digestible protein is very useful in tissue regeneration and muscle development, and it’s easily digestible… no irritation, gas, or acidity.

Tryptophan

This ancient food source is also a particularly abundant source of tryptophan, an amino acid that can help promote a positive mood – containing about 29 mg of tryptophan per gram of protein, which is more than 8 times higher than roasted turkey.

Antioxidants

Sacha inchi seeds have a high concentration of powerful natural antioxidants like Vitamin E, which helps to ward off cardiovascular disease and cancer by protecting cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.

Gluten-free

All those with gluten intolerances and allergies can also enjoy this nutritious and yummy snack! SaviSeeds are tested and approved to meet international guidelines for gluten free status.

Fiber

A mere one ounce serving of SaviSeed will easily provide you with 5 grams of dietary fiber, which is 20% of recommended daily intake.

Certified Organic

SaviSeeds are organically certified by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), meaning that no chemical fertilizers, synthetic pesticides or herbicides are used during production. Precautions are taken even during transportation and storage to avoid cross contamination between organic sacha inchi and any crops that may not be organic.

Flavours

So next time you are in the mood for a healthy alternative, pop into an Alive Health Centre, Morning Sun or Supplements location and think SAVI!  And when you are looking to describe them remember that they may look, smell and taste like nuts, but they are seeds – sacha inchi seeds to be exact and they have 13 times more Omega-3 than wild salmon, they are also packed with complete protein and taste amazing!  As always thank you for reading!

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