Feeling dizzy? Digestion a bit off? Concave fingernails? A pale tongue? Fatigue? Nothing we haven’t seen before: you may be suffering from anaemia during pregnancy.
Firstly, don’t be afraid: You are not alone. It’s one of the most common issues we treat at Red Tent Health Centre. Here’s the good news: With the right foods and a few harmless needles, you can restore your iron levels and feel a renewed sense of energy.
According to our resident naturopath, Belinda Kirkpatrick, women’s iron requirements are about 80% higher than for men because of menstruation and child bearing. That’s not all: more than half of women consume less than the recommended 10-15 mg daily.
Help yourself heal by keeping foods that are rich in iron on hand. Belinda suggests lean red meats, sardines, mussels, wheat germ, parsley, dried apricots, peaches and prunes and almonds. Some tasty ways to include these foods in your diet: keep a small sack of dried fruit and almonds in your handbag to snack on throughout the day, add acidic dressings to your salad (such as lemon and vinegar), and eat bitter green veggies or fruit before or during your meals. Why? To help improve the flow of gastric acid which will assist you in absorbing the minerals you need. And you may want to lay off the coffee and tea for awhile. There’s no denying they both can benefit your health, but as far as iron deficiency is concerned, both coffee and tea can make absorption difficult. A fabulous alternative? A refreshing glass of water with a splash of lemon.
Eating right is only one piece of the puzzle. Red Tent co-director and Acupuncturist, Rebecca Mar Young explains “When one suffers from anemia it is an indication that their digestion is not operating properly. Acupuncture can help to improve your digestive system by assisting your body in making more blood.” She reckons that a few months of treatment, paired with the right nutrition, will get your body in balance.
But does acupuncture hurt?
I can answer that one. I’ve been working on reception at Red Tent and treating myself to the many different natural health treatments here. In a word: no! I liken the feeling to an ever-so-slight pinch (in fact, I kind of like it!). And while some may find the initial insert just slightly uncomfy, once in, it’s smooth sailing: simply relax on the massage table, close your eyes and listen to the beautiful music, letting all the needles do their magic!
No need to suffer one second longer: Give our suggestions a go and let us know how you feel!