7 tips to prepare your body for pregnancy

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Getting ready for pregnancy is one of the most common conversations I have with my patients. It is an important decision to have a baby and you want to ensure you are creating the best possible environment for your baby.

I often tell patients who are thinking of getting pregnant to give themselves at least 6-12 months to prepare their body for pregnancy.

Why it is important to take care of yourself before pregnancy

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, in order to conceive a child, you want your qi, blood, yin and yang to be balanced and harmonized.

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Give up Chocolate and fruit? Nope! Not doing it.

chocolateI love chocolate and I love fruit, especially dark chocolate and tropical fruit. OH! Strawberries dipped in chocolate and chocolate covered cherries. Mmmm…

Candies and cakes are not my thing and I even gave up coffee last summer (that’s a story for another day) but good quality dark chocolate, just show me the way.

Give up chocolate?

One morning in early March, I woke up with a rash on the front of my neck. I used different creams, powders, needled myself and yes…I prayed. After a couple of days, the rash cleared up but after I showered or ate foods with sugar like chocolate or flavored chips, it would come back.

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Dear Acupuncture Patients, from your Acupuncturist

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Does acupuncture hurt? Can you fix me in one treatment? How many needles do you use? and my favorite… “Yes I drink enough water, I drink 2 cups of water a day.”

7 things to know before your next appointment

1) Acupuncture does not hurt

Oliver (Not his real name and I like the name Oliver, I always thought if we have kids, the boy would be named Oliver and the girl Olivia. Sorry, I got distracted!) (more…)

6 reasons to see a massage therapist

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You get a massage every two weeks? Wow!

Patients are often surprise to hear that I see my massage therapist and chiropractor every two weeks. Since my job is very physical, I believe in a proactive approach to health, well-being and I want to prevent injury.

Did you know it is not normal for you to be in pain daily? Especially when the pain interferes with your ability to do normal daily activities or wakes you up at night. If you are constantly reaching for the pain medication, it is prudent to check in with your doctor or another health care professional like your friendly neighborhood Massage Therapist.

People often ask me why they should see a Massage Therapist. I have listed 6 great reasons and the conditions I most commonly treat. (more…)

Baby Blues & Post-Partum depression

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I recently reconnected with a couple of girlfriends that I have not seen for about 5 years. In that time, they each gave birth to a healthy baby. The topic about their birthing journey and post-partum depression came up.

Me: Did you seek help?

Friend 1: No, I figured it will eventually go away.

Me: How long did it last?

Friend 2: It was really bad for about 6-8 months. I didn’t feel normal till my daughter was about 18 months.

Me: Why didn’t you call? I could have helped!

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