Drinking While Pregnant

Thought I would share this article from today’s New York Times:

‘Pregnant? Want a glass of wine?

A study released today in The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests that might be just fine.

Using data from the Millennium Cohort Study in Britain, a data-rich look at 11,500 children born in the U.K. during the first two years of this century, researchers at University College in London concluded that the children of women who drank “lightly” — meaning up to one to two drinks a week — during pregnancy did no worse on cognitive tests at age 5 than children of mothers who did not drink at all. Actually, they did slightly better on the tests, which included things like “naming vocabulary,” “picture similarities” and “pattern construction.”

The children of mothers who went beyond “light drinking,” however, had noticeably lower scores.

This is not really news, of course, but rather codification (and a bit of specific detail) of what we already knew. Doctors have long said that a little is not a problem — the problem is defining “a little.”

Will this change your feelings about alcohol and pregnancy? Or will a pregnant woman holding a beer still set off your alarm bells?’

To link to this article and commentary: http://parenting.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/drinking-while-pregnant/

Upcoming Fall Workshops

Thursday September 16, 2010  6:30-8:30pm: Vaccination Workshop

We will review the current vaccine schedule, how to evaluate your family’s ‘risk’, public health vs. private health concerns, and how to make educated decisions for your family that you can live with.

Thursday October 28, 2010  6:30pm-8:30pm: Family First Aid

We will discuss common family first aid concerns, natural remedies that you want to have on hand, and how to use them.   I will be co-presenting with my colleague Dr. Michelle Obertacz ND, LAc and we will also have a Seattle-based talk on this topic.

Where:

Herban Wellness, 103 Lake St. S, Kirkland 98033 (Downtown Kirkland) www.herbanwellness.net

How to Register:

Please email drsunitaiyer@gmail.com to register.  The maximum class enrollment is 20 participants.

The cost is $20 and I will provide the healthy snacks, handouts, and resources for more learning.

Upcoming Lectures

Hello!  I have finally selected some dates and times…..

* Sunday May 2nd 1-3pm: Preconception Workshop at Maya Whole Health Studio in Fremont. 

I will be co-presenting with Geraldine Lee LM, CPM.  Here is the link to the flyer: http://www.fremontmidwifery.com/www.fremontmidwifery.com/Workshops.html

* Saturday May 22nd 10am-12pm: Food Introduction Basics and Allergy Prevention at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland.  I will be discussing how to approach food introduction consciously and hopefully without fear!

* Saturday June 5th 10am-12pm: Vaccination Workshop at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland.  I will be discussing the current vaccine schedule and how to make educated decisions for your family.

Please email drsunitaiyer@gmail.com to register for the Food Introduction and Vaccination Workshops.  There is a $10-25 suggested donation per family and I will provide the healthy snacks, handouts, and resources for more learning.  The maximum class enrollment is 15. 

I hope to see you there!

Upcoming Lectures and Events

As part of my commitment to do some more teaching this year, I am excited to be offering a few lectures on topics related to natural pediatric and family health for all of you to learn from and enjoy! 

The feature topics for this Spring will be:

  • Supporting Your Family’s Immune System with the Seasons
  • Food Introduction Basics and Preventing Food Intolerances
  • Vaccines and Making Sense of the Schedule for Your Family

These dates and times for these lectures is yet to be determined, and will take place at the Puget Sound Birth Center in Kirkland, WA unless otherwise specified.  Healthy snacks and beverages will be provided, and the cost per family is $15.

Stay tuned for more details on these lectures and more!  If you would like to find out more about Dr. Sunita, please visit: www.eastsidenaturalmedicine.com

Thank you!

H1N1- What your family needs to know to stay healthy this year

You have probably at least heard about, if you are not actively following, all of the press regarding H1N1 or ‘Swine Flu.’  Despite the volume of news regarding this brewing pandemic, it is difficult to pick apart the facts, assess your family’s risk, and make decisions about prevention and vaccination. 

In order to get your investigation underway, here are a few guidelines and resources that I have compiled.  Please know that this information does not take the place of a detailed, informed conversation with your family physician about your concerns.

 In case you are not already aware, the commonly reported symptoms of ‘Swine Flu’ include:

∮       High fever

∮       Lethargy and lack of appetite

∮       Runny nose and sore throat

∮       Cough

∮       Body aches and chills

∮       Diarrhea, nausea, vomiting

 You may experience several or all of these symptoms, and many of these symptoms are not unlike our garden-variety flu.  If you or someone in your family is affected, please contact your family physician right away to find out how you can prevent transmission to others as well as recover as quickly as possible. 

 With all of that said, prevention is the best medicine.  Depending on your level of exposure to sick individuals, whether you are a healthcare worker, you are pregnant, you care for small children, or your own health is already compromised by other health concerns, you may be a good candidate for the H1N1 vaccination.  In many locations, the vaccine will be administered in large clinics or hospital-based settings, and both your family physician and local hospitals should be able to direct you to the best place to receive the vaccination if you choose to receive it. 

Whether you choose the vaccination or not, there are some key points in terms of preventing illness in your family during this flu season, or helping a family member recover more quickly:

∮       Regular exercise

∮       Frequent hand washing with soap and water

∮       Minimize exposure to sick people, covering your nose and mouth if exposed

∮       Plenty of sleep & adequate hydration

∮       Vitamin C & Vitamin D (please discuss specific dosing with your physician)

∮       Diet considerations: whole live fruits and veggies, low sugar, minimize dining out, prepare your own food when you can 

 

 Some resources for more information include:

Center for Disease Control Guidelines: http://www.cdc.gov/H1N1FLU/

American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists: http://www.acog.org/departments/dept_notice.cfm?recno=20&bulletin=4822

 

If you want to discuss immune system boosting, prevention, this and other vaccinations for your family, please visit www.eastsidenaturalmedicine.com to find out how to contact and schedule an appointment with Dr. Sunita

 Be well!

Natural Mom & Baby Event

Come join me for this special event at Pharmaca Integrative Pharmacy in Redmond, WA designed to address common concerns of Eastside moms and babes. In addition to presenting one of the seminars, I will be available to meet-and-greet if you have any questions afterwards!

Schedule of events: 11am-3pm
Enjoy complimentary…
– 15-minute consultations with a health practitioner (advance sign up required)
– Free Samples
– Child health seminars:
• 10-11am | Learn How to Boost Your Child’s Immune
• 12-1pm | Natural Remedies for Allergies
• 3-4pm | DHA’s & Brain Health

Please visit http://www.pharmaca.com/locations/washington/redmond for location and contact information. 

Hope to see you there!

For more information about Dr. Sunita, please visit www.eastsidenaturalmedicine.com

STI’s in Seattle

(Originally posted on my website on 7-1-09)

According to Forbes in 2007, Seattle was the fourth Most Lustful city in the country.  Of course they figured this out by tracking nationwide contraceptive purchases, which doesn’t truly paint the whole picture.  What that tells us is that Seattlites buy more condoms than folks in many other cities around the country.  But what else does it tell us about Seattle’s sexual health?

 Seattle has also been heralded as one of the most educated (or over-educated, depending on your perspective) cities in the country.  Perhaps that level of education has more to do with condom purchases than the reality of Seattlites having more sex than most everyone else.  And with all of that education, what do Seattle residents truly know about their sexual health, contraceptives, and STI prevention? 

 Right now, gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis infections are on the rise nationwide, as well as in the Seattle area.  In fact, sexually active Seattlites have a 1 in 4 chance of being infected, especially if you are under the age of 25.  All three of these infections are sexually transmitted and preventable if condoms are used.  Despite the fact that you may be taking precautions to prevent pregnancy with birth control pills or other barrier methods, there is no way to prevent sexually transmitted infections other than abstinence or condoms.  Perhaps folks have become more cavalier about these infections because of the attention and gravity of HIV; perhaps it is because Seattlites also know that all three of these infections are easy to test for and treatable with antibiotics. 

 What Seattle residents should also know is that gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis infections can manifest with very obvious symptoms, and they can also be incredibly insidious.  It is not always obvious when looking at your new partner, or even at yourself, whether there is an infection present.  These three STI’s have the potential to go ‘underground’ in our bodies and create antibiotic resistance, infertility, or neurological issues. 

 Luckily, we have fantastic resources in this city such as Planned Parenthood of Western Washington and Puget Sound Neighborhood Health Centers, where Seattle area residents can access testing and treatment, as well as plenty of condoms. 

 So keep yourself safe, use condoms, and make Seattle proud.

For more resources on STI’s and where to find Dr. Sunita, please visit http://www.eastsidenaturalmedicine.com

Postpartum Relationship Management

(Originally posted on my website 6-1-09)

Your beautiful baby is now eight weeks old and precious.  Truly, everything is going well, except that you are incredibly sleep deprived and your partner misses you terribly.  The last time you strolled to Cafe Fiore and down the Golden Garden stairs together, you were in labor…And now it’s time for “relationship management.”

 It is normal for sex to be undesirable, scary, or the furthest thing from your mind in the postpartum period.  There is actually a physiological and evolutionary purpose behind your feelings.  The hormones that govern breastfeeding, prolactin and oxytocin, actually suppress reproductive hormones, like estrogen, which is responsible for women’s libido and also for vaginal lubrication.  The phenomenon of estrogen levels dropping off in the postpartum period is nature’s answer to birth control and child spacing. 

 Yet, the longer you wait to reconnect with your partner, the more difficult finding your way back to each other becomes.  “Relationship management” is a way to re-frame this process of reconnecting without judgment or responsibility in one person’s lap.  As you and your partner move through this time, there are a few ‘rules of thumb’.  Make sure you have had a visit with your maternity or primary care provider, and you have been given the go-ahead in terms of your physical recovery. 

You and your partner should sit together and talk about reconnecting, and be aware that you are embarking on a new relationship.  Your body and spirit are forever changed by the birth of your child, and the things that worked for you sexually before may be different now.  For many people this is an exciting time to regain power or a voice in your sexual relationship, or have it be the first time all over again….And whatever you do, remember the lube! 

For more postpartum resources and information about Dr. Sunita, please visit www.eastsidenaturalmedicine.com

Hello world!

Thank you for your interest in Puget Sound Family Source, a creation of Eastside Natural Medicine and Dr. Sunita Iyer ND, LM.  Check in again for regular postings regarding family health, vaccination debates, food introduction quandries, breastfeeding issues, and the myriad of challenges that your family faces growing up naturally.