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    5 Reasons to Add Neurofeedback to Your Healthy Pregnancy Regimen

    November 29, 2016

    Learning that you are pregnant can be a time of great joy and excitement, and also a time of high anxiety and stress.  Neurofeedback is a safe and non-invasive way to de-stress during pregnancy. 

    By Heather Coleman, LCSW, Therapist in NYC, Certified NeurOptimal®  Neurofeedback Trainer and Mom


    helpful tips for a healthy pregnancy

    Create Calm  

    There are endless reasons to feel worried or protective of your unborn child.  Much of this is a biological response kicking into gear to be alert to danger and ready to protect.  However, most of the time, we are perceiving otherwise neutral and benign information about our pregnancy as being threatening and unsafe.  What if my test results come back and there is something wrong?  What if she isn't kicking enough? What if i don't know the first thing about raising a child or changing a diaper?  What if the nursery isn't fully ready by the time they arrive?   Things can and do go wrong during pregnancy, that is the reality of any pregnancy and birth; however, the amount of energy worrying about what could go wrong doesn't allow us to respond and make decisions when we actually need to (i.e. I really do need to go to the ER because there is a concern) or to be able to relax and be present with the wonder of carrying a child!

    Be present

    It's helpful preparation for being a parent and meeting the needs of your child.  By training the nervous system to be in a more relaxed and present state, we are increasing our attunement with our baby and will make better decisions. If more energy is freed up to be available to your child, rather than anxious about what you may or may not be doing correctly, there may be more of an ability to see clearly what is needed in that moment and respond accordingly. 

    Calm you; calm baby

    Your nervous system is a "tuning fork" for your baby's nervous system.  When you have a parent-child relationship, there are two nervous systems interacting with one another: the Alpha's (mom) and the Beta's (child).  "Betas" look to "Alphas" for guidance about how they should respond to their environment and potential threats.  If an Alpha's nervous system is activated and nervous, the baby's nervous system learns to resonate on that frequency as well, sending sensory signals that the environment is threatening or unsafe when it usually is not.  If mom's nervous system is regulated, this is sending signals to the baby's that all is well and safe in the environment.  

    Decrease Stress Hormones

    The stress response has a great impact on pregnancy, more so than most “threats.” At your first OB appointments, your doctor may educate you about the foods that you can and cannot eat during pregnancy.  One of the biggest words of advice doctors have is that stress and stress hormones aren't good for growing fetuses.  A healthy regulated nervous system will cool the stress response enough to take any undue stress off the forming baby.  Some studies are beginning to show that high stress hormones passed through the placenta can impact the developing fetus in more ways than one; making them more susceptible to low birth weight, preterm birth, as well as affecting neurobiological development and temperament (to read more about this, visit the article from WebMD- "Fetus to Mom: You're Stressing Me Out!")

    Practice Self-Care

    It's a good practice to start now while entering pregnancy and child-rearing.  For all that attention, energy and care that will be going to this child a healthy mom is essential.  This isn’t always easy to do and maintain, but neurofeedback training helps by getting us in the habit of de-stressing.  And when we are re-charged, we will be able to extend ourselves again, refresh and renewed.

    Why adding Neurofeedback Training to Your Healthy Pregnancy Regimen

    Neurofeedback is a non-invasive, effective and safe process to optimize your health. Clients may notice the following after a set of session:

    • Feeling calmer
    • Increased mental clarity and focus
    • Dropping away of fears
    • More appropriate response to situations
    • Feeling lighter and greater ease
    • Increased motivation and ability to accomplish tasks

    Neurofeedback works by training the brain to use the present moment to decide what to do next, rather than old, often maladaptive patterns. It does this by triggering what’s called the orienting response, which is the brain’s ability to sense change in the environment and take in new information about what is different. The system we use, the Advanced NeurOptimal® Neurofeedback System, trains your entire central nervous system to perform optimally. It gives your system feedback about its maladaptive patterns and your brain decides how to use that information to improve its overall functioning. Nothing is added to your brain, therefore, it is very safe. 

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    Heather Coleman, Neurofeedback Trainer and therapist in NYC talks about how neurofeedback training has benefited her experience being pregnant and reduced her anxiety.



    About the Author

    Heather-Coleman_nyc-therapist.jpgHeather is certified as a NeurOptimal® neurofeedback trainer, a therapist in NYC and is a licensed clinical social worker.  She has been providing services for the past 9 years. At our NYC neurofeedback clinic therapy and neurofeedback can be combined.

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    SERVICES: Neurofeedback and/or Therapy Sessions are 50 minutes
    NYC LOCATION: 80 E 11Th St., Suite 310, New York, NY 10003


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