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This is such a common question. However, there is a lot of misguided information out there, particularly on the web. Though acupuncture is 100% safe in pregnancy, there is some misunderstanding even amongst our community about its safety. Traditionally acupuncture has been used throughout the entire pregnancy. However, this has not been well documented. Obstetrical acupuncture was mainly an oral tradition used amongst midwives. More recently, it has been discouraged in order to prevent unskilled practitioners from treating pregnant women. All the practitioners at Acubalance have had extensive training in obstetrics with many of the modern-day masters, and are completely confident in treating pregnant women.
The benefits of acupuncture in early pregnancy are miscarriage prevention, promoting health in mother and baby, and treating any pregnancy symptom. If you are not a client of Acubalance and have concerns if your practitioner is educated in obstetrical acupuncture, ask them what specific courses they have taken, how many hours of continuing education in prenatal care do they have, and how many pregnant clients they have treated. But at the end of the day, follow your instincts and do what you feel comfortable with.
To find a qualified Acupuncturist in your area, go to http://www.caoom.org
Recently MacDiarmid, Health Minister of BC and former president of the B.C. Medical Association, said “there wasn’t any difference between the outcomes for moms and babies whether they were at home or in a hospital.” This show of support is a first of its kind from a goverment representative.
There are many pros for having a home birth, and speaking from experience, I can attest to how wonderful birthing at home can be.
Pros of Home Births:
I have recently been to a Blessing Way Ceremony (for those wondering what that is – it’s the granola version of a baby shower), and I had to share some insight into the journey that lays ahead.
My three pieces of advice to guide you through labour:
And at the end of your journey, when the baby is lying on your chest, all you will feel is love. Pure joy will ooze from every pore and touch everyone you meet. Your life will instantly have a new meaning and you will love like there is no other. I am so excited for you to join the secret club of motherhood. Other mothers will now give you the nod and look of “hey – I understand” as you walk the streets with baby in tow. It’s not always an easy journey, but it is the greatest journey.
I think that just about everyone living in our neighborhood is a big fan of Mary’s Garden. For those that have never been, it is like being at a farmers market everyday. Mary grows many of her products on the farm in the back with no sprays, it really doesn’t get much healthier than that. And if she doesn’t grow it herself, she brings in the produce from other local farms. The smells and sights inspire me to cook feasts and celebrate the bounty of the earth!
Eat local – its more nutritious and better for the environment!
Its a very sad day when Mary’s shuts down for the season on November 30.
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One of our favorite Sunday morning walks is in the Campbell valley park. This park is a bird sanctuary surrounded by swaying trees and tall grasses. If you bring in your own bird seed, stand very still and patiently wait, little birds will flutter in your hand, eating the seeds. To me this just seems magical and very serene. Its a about a 25 minute walk on a stroller friendly trail.
Campbell Valley is in south Langley, between 200th and 216th Street and 4th and 20th Avenue. There are two good locations for a first-time visitor to begin: the North Valley entrance on 16th Avenue or the South Valley Entrance on 8th Avenue. If coming from Highway 1, take the 200th Street Avenue south exit and drive south to the lights at 16th Avenue. Turn left. The North Valley parking lot is on your right at the bottom of the hill. Coming from Highway 99, take the 8th Avenue east exit. Cross 200th Street and watch for the South Valley Parking lot on your left.
According to theory, Qi (chi) is the vital life energy present in all living organisms. It’s the principal force that governs the body’s circulation, metabolism, transportation, elimination, cleansing, purging and healing.
Qi circulates in the body along 14 energy pathways, called meridians. These meridians are linked to specific internal organs and systems. There are more than a thousand points along these pathways that can be stimulated to enhance the flow of Qi.
In the course of a treatment, slender needles, heat, pressure, or a combination of these tools are used to stimulate specific points along the pathways. The idea is to ‘unblock’ those paths so that the body can use its core energy to relieve pain and begin to heal.
Much like the flow of a river, when debris falls in the pathway, the river runs more slowly. If the riverbed is completely blocked, the flow stops. The water turns stagnant.
By opening these pathways of energy, we allow the body’s vital energy to reach and replenish weakened organs, rid itself of toxins, and restore its natural balance.
Acupuncture can be supplemented with other alternative treatments, such as electro-acupuncture, cupping and moxibustion, to restore health.
WHAT A TREATMENT FEELS LIKE
What you’ve heard is true: acupuncture is relatively painless. We use safe, sterile, disposable needles. These very fine needles are inserted under the skin to redirect energy or unblock the pathway.
Sensations during treatment can vary from being hardly noticeable to a tingling or heavy feeling. While you rest in a quiet, comfortable room, listening to music, the needles do their work. You might even fall asleep. In the course of your treatment, we often supplement acupuncture with massage. Patients usually feel a profound sense of rest.