Heather Valente – Acupuncturist
If you ask Heather what the most important thing in her world is, she’ll very quickly tell you it’s family. She’s an amazing mum to two gorgeous kids aged 10 and 8, and with the support of her wonderful husband Morrie she manages to juggle everything around some long days in clinical practice.
Acupuncture is commonly recommended as a method of starting the birthing process moving for women who have passed their due date in pregnancy. With a reputation for being able to gently encourage the body to begin it’s work, the popularity of acupuncture as an induction method is rising.
Plant-Based Eating and Pregnancy – 4 Steps to a Healthy Bub
A plant-based diet is a diet based on foods derived from plants (e.g. fruit, vegetables, nuts, wholegrains, legumes) and generally contains little, if any animal products. Recent research has highlighted the health benefits of a plant-based diet, including its link with reducing risk of chronic disease, diabetes and some cancers. However there can potentially be some nutritional and health risks with following this eating pattern during pregnancy.
Walk like a Gorilla
How well do you know how your body’s going? I don’t mean: are you a bit tired, a bit sore, a bit stiff? I mean: when was the last time you mentally scanned your body to see how each area, each muscle is? How many of your body’s muscles do you know the ‘feel’ of – that is, how that muscle feels when firmly pressed with a finger (as in, after a tough workout saying “I’m sore in muscles I never knew I had”)? And what’s all this got to do with a complaint like lower back pain? Or gorillas??
Banish the Bloat: How to get rid of stomach bloating
Stomach bloating is a common problem which can range in severity from mild discomfort to severe pain. It is an extremely familiar sensation to people who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and often occurs with increased wind, burping/belching and changes in bowel habits (diarrhoea, constipation or a mixture or both). Many people find bloating gets worse over the day and becomes most severe in the afternoon and evening.
Acupuncture and IVF Research Part 1: Blinding and ‘Sham’ Acupuncture
Recent media has reported on a research paper published in JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) concluding that acupuncture does not increase live birth rates for women undergoing IVF treatment[i]. As with most media, the tendency to sensationalize the headline over the substance means that the real story behind the research has been overlooked. Over the years research on acupuncture and IVF has returned mixed results[ii],[iii]. Many research studies on acupuncture and IVF have actually demonstrated statistically significant benefits from including acupuncture. Whether or not the effect comes from the acupuncture itself or some effect surrounding the application of the acupuncture is important from a scientific perspective, but may be less relevant from a clinical perspective. The positive response to acupuncture seems to be enhanced in women who are regarded as ‘poor responders’ to IVF making it even more important for this group. In comparison to the cost of an IVF cycle, the cost of acupuncture is small. Just because we don’t yet understand what creates the effect doesn’t negate the fact that there are very positive effects from combining acupuncture with IVF treatment.
Whether you’re just starting your fertility journey, have been trying for a while, or are going through IVF, a Fertility Support Consultation at Well2 is an important thing to do. This is a one-off session conducted by our Naturopath and will review your individual case, providing recommendations on your specific needs.