Placenta Consumption

Official due date is today and I'm still pregnant...and I'm very ready to meet him!

One of the many phone calls I plan to make immediately postpartum is for my Placenta.  I am going to have my placenta picked up and prepared into capsules - all within 72 hours of delivery.  Yeah yeah, so it sounds weird and trendy. Lately it's been getting attention since celebrities are doing it (like Kourtney Kardashian, Alicia Silverstone, January Jones).  But this isn't a new trend.

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Moxibustion for Breech Baby

In fact, acupuncture (well actually moxibustion) to turn a breech baby is quite successful!  This is best done between weeks 32-37 when the baby is still small and mobile enough to move easily within the womb. One study in the UK found that women who did moxibustion were 2x more likely to turn their breech babies than those who did not do moxibustion. 

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Prenatal Acupuncture

I'm definitely spoiling myself during pregnancy.  Lucky for me, I have a great network of wellness providers, so right now I'm alternating weekly massage and acupuncture treatments (no ankle swelling yet!).

I love massage - it's great for relieving tension and helps with common pregnancy complaints such as back pain and sciatica.  It also improves lymphatic flow - to reduce swelling. 

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Postpartum Recovery: Rest and Drink Warming Soup

Recently we came across an article from NPR (2011): “For Chinese Moms, Birth Means 30 Days in Pajamas”. If you read it, it’s pretty impractical, especially for the NYC moms we help in our practice.  This article speaks of an old Chinese tradition of rest for new moms, and how modern China has adapted by offering super-lux “confinement centers” for moms 30 days postpartum.  Obviously these centers exist for the wealthy in China, but it’s based on practice of thousands of years.

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The Beauty of Gray? Not Yet (Please)

I tell people that aging is a natural process but it's not so cool when it happens to me. Sooo, let me tell you.... I have been noticing more gray hairs recently. Not just the 2 or 3 strands I used to occasionally see. (Yes, I know, the old wives' tale about not pulling grays or a hundred will grow back.) At the rate I'm pulling my grays out, I'll be bald soon!! I realize I'm being a really vain. But I see this as an opportunity to do some experimentation (on myself). If it helps a little, great! If it doesn't, I'll age gracefully (or find a great natural colorist).

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