Here is her recipe for a relaxed and contented newborn baby:
- 3 - 6 high strength Fish Oil capsules daily
- 2 good quality practitioner strength Pregnancy Multi vitamins daily (go see a Natropath to obtain these & don't bother with cheaper over the counter versions... you're just buying expensive urine as the quality of the synthetic ingredients makes it very hard for the body to absorb them from the gut)
- 4 cups of Chamomile & Lemon Balm tea daily - Chamomile is a wonderfully soothing nerve tonic and Lemon Balm is great for worries, soothing anxieties and for morning sickness.
- 250 mls per day of organic carrot, celery, apple, ginger & silverbeet juice
- 1 tsp per day organic pro-biotic formula
Wash all this down with large glasses of water & lemon slices which aids cleansing of the colon and detoxification of the body during pregnancy.
A good quality fish oil promotes healthy brain function & is vital for young & developing brains. Some studies show that mothers who took high quality fish oils during pregnancy produced children that had better hand / eye co ordination, language skills and behaviour.
As I say, personally I avoid ALL supplements sold in supermarkets and over the counter. They are often of poor quality, synthetically produced and therefore hard for the body to absorb. So whilst you may be taking tonnes of supplements, if your body can not absorb them because they haven't been made in a way that your body can digest, you are, quite literally, purchasing expensive urine.
These products are "practitioner only" supplements which means you must see a licensed Natropath or Herbalist to have a prescription.
Alternatively, if you can't get to a qualified Natropath or Herbalist or don't have access to those services in your area, try Naturopath Vitamins Online.
The liver is overworked during pregnancy due to processing the excess eostrogen that is present in the body (big part of what causes morning sickness is the liver not coping with the excess hormones however this often subsides after the first trimester).
Inner Health Plus is what I would use when I couldn't get to see my Naturopath and is a reasonable alternative to practitioner strength varieties. The company that makes Ethical Nutrients products also make the Metagenics products, for Naturopaths and have a very good reputation for top quality production.
It also provides tonnes of calcium, iron, manganese, potassium, silicon and vitamin C. Rich in volatile oils, chamomile's healing properties are easily extracted into water. It is most commonly taken as a tea.
Soothing chamomile is an excellent herb for nervous-system support or relief from stress of any kind. It relaxes the mind and promotes a gentle entry to sleep, even for over-tired or hyperactive kids.
Taken during pregnancy, chamomile tea will help you stay relaxed & also provide a huge amount of calcium magnesium which is essential for you to avoid the growing bubba leaching it from your bones & teeth.
I was told by my Natropath to drink Lemon Balm & Chamomile tea to soothe worries, aid digestion, eliminate nausea from morning sickness & to calm my nerves. It is a great herb to help your worries disappear & promote a more sunny disposition. Tastes great with chamomile too!
All these things, combined with a good, balanced diet (for your blood type which helps avoid intestinal inflammation - more on that here ) will help you to create a calm, content, relaxed baby. Babies obviously carry our stresses that we have been through during pregnancy into the world with them. Sometimes, things happen, life can be stressful however adopting a plan such as this to help support your body with optimal nutrition and soothing herbs will have a profound impact on the healthy development of your child and their developing brain.
Love and Lemon Balm,
The Eco Mum xo