Posts Tagged ‘third trimester’

Raspberry Leaves (Rubus Ideas)

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in During Labour, Third trimester

Raspberry leaf tea strengthens and tones womb tissue, assisting contractions and checking any haemorrhage during labour.

Dose

Infusion 2 tsp to 1 cup water, drink freely

Test if your body needs raspberry leaves by drinking one cup of brew & checking how you feel, if you start to feel period pain type contractions in your belly you don’t need it. Recommended for the last 2 months of pregnancy.

Remedy for Stretchmarks

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Practical herbal, Second Trimester

Prevention is better than cure, so best to start using this as soon as you start growing!

Mix up a lotion from apricot, almond, olive or peach kernel oil (actually any nut oil is good!) – 50ml

Add up to 15 drops of a mixture of the following essential oils
  • LAVENDER
  • NEROLI
  • ROSE
  • FRANKINCENSE
  • TANGERINE
  • MANDARIN

Apply mixture daily to all stretchy bits, bum, boobs, hips, tummy etc.

Neroli (Citrus Bigaradia)

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Essential Oils

Neroli essential oil improves circulation throughout your body and is a wonderful calming remedy for use during pregnancy and labour.

Neroli helps with fear, restlessness, apprehension, anxiety, depression, overwork & exhaustion! It can help with digestive problems, to balance the emotions, and as an aid to restful sleep (particularly in the third trimester)

Neroli oil also helps promote healthy skin cell regeneration so can be used with a base oil as a stretchmark remedy.

Considered safe for use throughout pregnancy.

Herbal tea for an easy birth

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in During Labour

Raspberry leaf, Rosehip, Elderberry, Hawthorn, Feverfew, Dill tea

This remedy will help tone your body for childbirth, toning your uterus & balancing your hormones. Tastes good! ( NB. Test raspberry leaves by 1 tsp to one cup boiling water, cover stand for 45 min drink, then feel the reaction in your belly , does it contract, like a period pain? Then u don’t need it! You only need it for the last 4 weeks!

  • 2 tbsp Raspberry Leaves
  • 1 tbsp Rosehips
  • 1 tbsp Elderberries/ leaves
  • 1 tbsp Hawthorn Hips / flowers/ leaves
  • ½ tbsp Feverfew
  • 1 tsp Dill seed
  • ¼ tsp Cloves

METHOD

Grind up all ingredients to a powder
Pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 tbsp of mixture
Cover tightly & allow to steep for 4 hours
Take 1tsp in food or drink 2x a day throughout pregnancy
Can be used as helpful labor brew

Maternity massage – Elaine Stillerman

Written by FairyDoula. Posted in Midwifery notes

MASSAGE FOR BIRTH – ELAINE STILLERMAN

Safe, nurturing, non-judgemental, well-informed, loving, stress-reducing… THIS is the environment we want to create for massage and childbirth.

Quadratus Lumborum

The Quadratus Lumborum is the primary muscle involved in back pain during pregnancy. For the relief of lower back pain use ‘strain, counter strain’ technique
STRAIN, COUNTER STRAIN
  •  Assist mother to lie on her side, keep knees together as much as possible when getting into position to support and protect the symphysis pubis (the cartilage join in the middle of the pelvis, above the pubic bone)
  •  Support the belly, raise the knees with pillows
  •  Find the place where there is the most strain in the muscle, by feeling and asking the client
  • When you have found the exact spot, press spot with your thumb, whilst holding other hand on the hip and pushing with a medium force forward ( this gently rotates the pelvis while you are relaxing and recalibrating the muscle with your other hand)
  • Repeat on the other side so the body is balanced!
  • HOLD THESE POSITIONS FOR 90SECS WITH EQUAL FORCE THROUGHOUT. This resets the neurons and the receptors in the body, brain and muscles and relieves the pain.

THE PSOAS

This is the muscle that reaches from the back of the hip down to the side of the knee. Pains here can be treated with muscle relaxation and strain counter strain.
MUSCLE RELAXATION
  • With the woman lying on her side supported by cushions, get her to bend her leg up towards her stomach and lift it towards the sky.
  • Practitioner stands facing the woman’s belly, assisting the lift of the leg with their right hand and giving something to push against with the left.
  • Have woman push her leg forward like she is bending her knee upwards for 5secs, then release.
  • This assists the hip to release and the leg will extend further when she straightens it out, along and back from her body.
  • Repeat this 3 to 5 times until the desired extension and pain relief has occurred.
  • Repeat on the other side so the body is balanced.
STRAIN COUNTER STRAIN
  • Have the client lie on her back with one leg straight one leg bent at right angles outwards.
  • Feel the top of her pelvis in towards the pubis until you find a sore spot.
  • Press the point with your top hand thumb, support the knee and lift gently to rotate the hip with the other hand.
  • Hold this position for 90 secs the muscle will release and reset its neurons and receptors
  • Repeat on both sides so the body is balanced!

PERIFORMIS

This is a muscle that reaches from the hip bone to bottom cheek! Pain can be relieved with the ‘strain, counter strain’ method.
STRAIN COUNTER STRAIN
  • Have the woman lay on her side supported by pillows
  • Face her belly and lift her top thigh a little upwards with your forearm
  • With your other hand feel for a sore point from top hip bone to bottom of the bottom cheek
  • When you have the place, apply thumb pressure and rotate hip for 90secs
  • The muscle will release and reset its neurons and receptors
  • Repeat on both sides so the body is balanced!
Elaine Stillerman is a brilliant massage therapist, designer of the amazing massage balls (smelly balls) and a great karaoke singer! With these techniques, she creates a calm, pain-relieving massage that uses the least amount of effort whilst creating the most amount of relief.

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