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Heather Van Nest is pregnant. She shares how acupuncture can help support a healthy pregnancy.

4:32 PM, Jul 14, 2010   |    comments
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Heather Van Nest

It's official! Mike and I are having a baby! We're having a baby girl, due in October. We have been married long enough (10 years!) to see our friends and family go through the major transformation that comes with starting a family. Mike and I have been dragging our feet for years and never really "tried" because the timing was never right.

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I wanted to get healthy (I had a melanoma scare in my 20's), we commuted for a while and we really enjoyed just hanging out together.

We traveled a lot, invested in our careers but at the end of the day, we realized the close relationship we have with our parents would never be passed on unless we had a family of our own.

I'm not sure we're ready for a baby (are you ever REALLY ready?) but we are really excited!

(Disclaimer: Cute baby below is not mine. Right now mine looks more like an alien!)

Having a baby is all about change... so I am trying to keep a flexible attitude about EVERYTHING!

As I take this journey, I hope you'll share your baby experiences too (I'm still not sure about where to give birth - just one out of a million questions I still have...).

I am going to BLOG along the way on Heather's Natural Health. That's my webpage where I share how eating clean, simple foods, cutting down on exposure to everyday chemicals and finding simple solutions to stay healthy have dramatically changed my life.

So, it's probably no surprise that one of my 2010 New Year's resolutions was to try acupuncture. I figured it could only help reduce stress, increase blood flow and help me figure out WHEN I actually ovulate - something I've never really been able to do.

This is the first time we have "actively" tried to get pregnant. I really never expected that it would happen right away! Maybe it's just a coincidence, but let me tell you what happened...

I went to see licensed acupuncturist, Carolyn Huffman/Huffman Wellness in South Tampa back in January. She specializes in fertility. 

Part of her treatment plan includes nutrition counseling (cutting out caffeine, alcohol and processed foods for at least three months. I had to say goodbye to my afternoon shot of coffee) and learning how to chart my cycle.

 

Every morning, she asked me to take my temperature and record it on this chart. I had two acupuncture sessions a week, for two weeks in a row and then had treatment once a week. She helped me figure out when the "time" was right.

I don't like to take herbs (for several reasons - they're usually imported from China or India where lead contamination is a concern, there's no third party independent testing or FDA regulation, and I like to know what I put into my body) but I must admit, she convinced me to give some a try.

You can imagine my surprise when I started to see my temperature climb after just three weeks!

I took four pregnancy tests in a row and they all said the same thing: PREGNANT!

Now, of course, my husband maintains this has more to do with him than acupuncture (absolutely!) but I have continued to have acupuncture treatments and I am still amazed to say, I have not had any MORNING SICKNESS! ZIPPO! NOTHING at all.  I didn't call in sick to work once.

I have more energy than I've ever expected and the needle she places in my stomach to help with "digestion" has worked wonders!

I have to be honest... I entered into this plan skeptical. As a former investigative journalist, that's just my nature. But I am completely convinced that there is a reason acupuncture is used by many cultures and has been around for 3,000 years.

Here's my only disclaimer: make sure you see an OB/GYN to confirm you don't have any serious underlying problems.

Click here to make sure your acupunturist is licensed by the state and see if your insurance covers it (my in-network price is $50 a session). If you decide to try acupuncture, it's recommended that you stick with it for at least three months. 

You may also want to find an acupuncturist through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Over the next few months, I'll BLOG about where to find a good deal on maternity clothes (not easy!), the natural way to keep your skin clear and any other interesting tips I find along the way.

I hope you will share your advice too!  I have a lot to learn! Thanks to some great girlfriends, my idea of a "natural birth" is out the window right now.

Please email any story ideas to hvannest@10connects.com.
Congratulations to those of you expecting too!

I applaud all of the great mommies out there who are tackling the toughest (and most rewarding) job in the world!

I am honored to join the club...

You can also follow Heather and wish her the best on MomsLikeMe.com.

Heather Van Nest

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