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Pregnancy and Lactation 

Pregnancy and Lactation
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Pregnancy and Lactation
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Jacquelyn M. Paykel

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780195378818.003.0014
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date: 22 February 2020

The journey of pregnancy is unique in medicine as it offers health care providers the opportunity to collaborate with women and assist them in maximizing preventive health measures that can last a lifetime. It is our opportunity as integrative clinicians to reinforce healthy lifestyle choices and encourage new self-care practices by engaging the whole person: mind, body, spirit, and community. Most women are motivated during pregnancy to improve their health because they sense that their actions will have a direct impact on the growing life within. It is important to respect the impact of conventional medicine on the decline of perinatal and maternal morbidity and also mortality over the last century. Chapter 14 discusses how engaging women in an integrative approach to their pregnancies—combining the best of conventional and the mind-body-spirit-community approach—can result in better maternal/neonatal health and a richer pregnancy experience.

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