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A Beautiful Baby Girl is Born

A Beautiful Baby Girl is Born

I love receiving good news and last week one of my patients gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. She came to see me towards the third trimester of pregnancy. This is what she had to say about her treatment.

“I went to see Tracey during my pregnancy as I found I was becoming more and more anxious as the due date got closer, especially as they had indicated that I might have to stay in hospital a few weeks prior to the birth. I don’t like hospitals and this was beginning to make me feel extremely nervous.

She prescribed me a remedy which I took – 3 small tablets over two days. She also gave me another remedy to take as a top up should I feel any anxiety in between appointments. After taking the remedy I felt back to my calm self. A few things happened at work that would usually aggravate me but they didn’t affect me.

I had to go into hospital early and a caesarian section was booked. I ended up going into labour at the same time as going into theatre for the C section. The Anesthetist couldn’t believe I was so calm and especially throughout the whole procedure. Thank you so much xx”

The above testimonial shows how homeopathy can really help during pregnancy especially as it is safe, non toxic and gentle. This was a patient that had begun to get really anxious as her pregnancy progressed which is not good for the mother to be or the unborn baby.  I prescribed her with Arsenicum which matched her symptoms and constitution.  I also made up a “pregnancy/labour pack” to help her during labour with numerous remedies for different stages of labour, although in the end the remedies were not needed due to her having a caesarean section but I always include a remedy in the “pregnancy pack”  to cover the possibility of a C Section and this remedy will help her heal and recover quickly after the operation.

If you are pregnant and would like to find out more about how homeopathy can help and support your throughout your pregnancy or you are interested in remedies for childbirth and a pregnancy pack please feel free to contact me for a free 15 minute no obligation chat.

Preparing for Childbirth with homeopathy

It’s very exciting when one of my patients is expecting a baby and the due date is getting closer. Homeopathic remedies can really can help with the labour.   I have just put together a pack for both the patient and her husband to read ahead of the due date and to familiarise themselves with the remedies that they might need.  I also give some remedies to help with recovery after the birth.

If you are expecting a baby and would like to know more about homeopathy and how it can help during pregnancy and labour please feel free to contact me.

Trying for a baby?

Stress and the Reproductive System

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I am a firm believer in keeping our bodies in good health and perfect balance and by doing this our bodies should work effectively. However, it seems that having a baby, which is one of the most natural things for us to do can prove to be a problem for 1 in 4 of us.

Couples are usually encouraged to give it a year especially if the contraceptive pill has been used before seeking any help or having any tests done, but usually during this time the worry and doubts start to appear.

The slightest stress can affect the reproductive system but the last words you want to hear by well meaning friends is “try to relax and don’t think about it” when that is all you can think about. It is on your mind day and night.

If after a year of trying for a baby nothing has happened this adds even more stress and anxiety, especially if there is nothing medically wrong to indicate why pregnancy is not happening.

It is at this stage that many couples decide to go down the IVF route. This in itself is gruelling, and for some, it is extremely difficult and adds even more pressure. The BBC & Panorama reported that people having IVF are offered extra “add-ons” at an extra cost, some paying up to £70k extra, but there is no solid evidence that these extra add-ons are even effective and for most of us these sums are out of our price range.

Sadly, the financial pressures and stress involved in trying for a baby lead many to give up and in some cases the relationship breaks down.

Stress of any kind is exhausting for both the body and mind. This can impact the menstrual cycle, with irregular cycles,  heavier more painful periods even early menopausal symptoms can occur under chronic stress.

If you are thinking of conceiving or are worried about your fertility please contact me to see how I may be able to help.   Using homeopathy, I work with you using a gentle, safe and non-toxic form of medicine to help with the rebalancing of female sex hormones, especially after longterm contraceptive use.  I can also help with PCOS, previous miscarriages and general female health.

I also help with any stress that men might be experiencing in the trying for a baby process because if stress continues for a long time, testosterone levels can interfere with sperm production.

If you would like to chat about any of the above to see how I may be able to help you please contact me for a FREE 15 minute chat to discuss how I may be able to help you.

International Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day

Baby Loss Awareness Week
Baby Loss Awareness Week

On Thursday MP Vicky Foxcroft gave a heartfelt speech where she told her story about losing her 5 day old daughter when she was a teenager. It was one of the most heartfelt and saddest speeches I have ever listened to and my heart goes out to Vicky and all the families in the world who have lost babies.

Vicky was speaking during a debate in the House of Commons about stillbirth, miscarriage and other forms of baby loss. The reason? This week has been Baby Loss Awareness Week which will end today at 7pm. The charity www.babyloss-awareness.org are inviting you to light a candle at 7pm and to leave it burning for at least one hour to remember all the babies in the world that died too soon.

baby-loss-awareness-weekThe charity is working to improve bereavement care in hospitals in the community and they are also encouraging people to share their stories on their social media sites #babyloss #breakthesilence.

For some people though the memory of going through this is just too painful to bear, remember or even talk about and for them the subject is still taboo and the grief is too much to bear.

If you have experienced a loss of this type recently or even many years ago like Vicky but feel you can’t talk about it, especially on social media sites, please call me for a free no obligation 15 minute chat to see how homeopathy can help you with the feelings that you are experiencing.

I will be lighting a candle this evening at 7pm for all the babies in the world that died too soon.

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Baby Blues or Post Natal Depression (PND)?

baby-blues-or-post-natal-depressionSo here is this little bundle of joy that you’ve waited 9 months for so why then don’t you feel quite as happy as you feel you should.

It is perfectly normal to feel weepy and even sad for a few hours or days after giving birth and this is known as the baby blues. After all, it is a big lifestyle change especially if it is your first baby. The realization dawns on you that life will never be the same again, yes everyone said that when they found out you were expecting, but it still doesn’t prepare you that you now have a little person relying on you for their every need. It takes time to adjust to the new routine with sleepless nights and a constant round of changing nappies, feeding and waking.

New mums can feel anxious, tired and even lonely and isolated if they don’t have a good support group to help. It is hardly surprising therefore that 1 in 10 new mothers will suffer from PND and it affects everyone differently with varying symptoms coming on gradually and lasting from 1-3 months and in some cases longer if help isn’t received.  The following are symptoms that can be experienced:-

  • a persistent feeling of sadness and low mood
  • loss of interest in the world around you and no longer enjoying things that used to give you pleasure
  • lack of energy and feeling tired all the time
  • feeling that you’re unable to look after your baby
  • problems concentrating and making decisions
  • loss of appetite or an increased appetite (comfort eating)
  • feeling agitated, irritable or very apathetic (you “can’t be bothered”)
  • feelings of guilt, hopelessness and self-blame
  • difficulty bonding with your baby with a feeling of indifference and no sense of enjoyment in his or her company
  • frightening thoughts – for example, about hurting your baby; these can be scary, but they’re very rarely acted upon
  • thinking about suicide and self harm.

If you feel you might be suffering from PND it is important that you get help either by discussing your feelings with your partner, midwife, health visitor, homeopath or GP.  Thankfully, PND is now no longer a taboo subject and it is a recognised illness, especially since famous people have also shared their stories it . There are also many support groups available such as National Child Trust or PANDAS Foundation to name just a few.  Please don’t suffer in silence and reach out to someone.

If you feel you may be suffering from PND or know someone who is and would like a free 15 minute consultation please contact me.

Migraines in Pregnancy

A healthy happy pregnancy

A Healthy Happy Pregnancy

“I had suffered migraines all of my adult life and didn’t want to take any medication during my pregnancy. I was seeing Tracey for my migraines just before I conceived. Once I discovered I was pregnant we discussed ways to manage any migraines that might occur during my pregnancy. The homeopathy really worked and helped me, so much so that I used it in childbirth and also for my young baby when he had colic and was teething”

The above comment was feedback that I received from one of my patients who had lived with migraines since puberty.

According to research 1 in 5 women will experience a migraine at some time in her life and 16% of women may experience a migraine for the first time during pregnancy.  This is because during the first three months of pregnancy your body is adjusting to hormonal changes, low blood sugar levels and of course tiredness, this in turn can trigger severe headaches or migraine.

If you are a migraine sufferer, are pregnant or thinking about getting pregnant and would like to avoid taking medication please contact me for a free 15 minute chat to see how I might be able to help you.