Healthy Pregnancy


Healthy Pregnancy

1. What most may not know

Mum’s body completely renews itself whilst pregnant and breastfeeding. This means she can remake herself, improving on all levels, if she tends herself as a newborn all through preparing for, and undergoing pregnancy states.

She can conversely wreck herself as she strives to do all for everyone and attack all projects as though today were the only day she had left on the planet – forgetting that he primary job she has when pregnant is to make as good a foundation for the rest of someone else’s life for them – that she can.

Being a mum is about heart-felt connection, the joys of being; needed in others lives – and as a mum – intimately forever – in another’s close circle of contact.

2. What do you make a baby with?

Basics ingredients – nutrient dense foods – often.

Your gut is what sustains you and your baby.
By choosing simple, plain and natural foods, you are assisting in making the best baby you can. No chemicals, no sugar – added in or otherwise sweet taste will not make the saturated, natural animal fats (not oils industrially made) and protein needed to give a great baby.

All pregnancy symptoms written about in texts and talked about in forums are not normal to experience. No symptoms – just no periods, breasts busy and a growing belly. All else are signals that you may not have all the ingredients to do this project perfectly. Warnings that your body is not as able as it could be to undertake the baby making business well enough, with what is available.

3. Current obstetric culture vs nature and women led care

Understanding the role of diet, of healthy living and of a good start to life could be, but is not the focus of the current mainstream ‘health’ system. Being the best mum possible does not enter into the medical equation, where having a live baby seems to be the only focus – along with getting the most services paid for.

The new mum takes baby home and is expected to just grow into the role. Nature would have helped her. If she had been allowed to discover her self through natural birthing and all around to support her – not frighten and hassle her into being ‘good’ and on time. The Farm, where women have midwifery led care, where home birth is the norm, and where they have less than a 5% transfer rate to hospital for birthing – not necessarily C sections – is a case to watch. Less than 1% post natal depression much less psychosis.

They can show us by their rates of natural birthing,  (Stats) within a supportive safe birthing culture, and their resultant rates of post natal depression (Stats) – that there is a direct correlation between good nutrition, tender midwifery care and positive maternal outcomes including very high (almost 100%) breastfeeding rates and happy babies.

The questions you may need to ask of your obstetric carers are how do their stats measure up, as the rates of postnatal depression and psychosis in the general community are rising to unprecedented levels.  Perhaps we need to know what ‘safety’ is to be defined at. Most young mums would wish to be in love with being a mum and with their baby and their new lives.

4. Modern wash up from all the medicalisation

Perhaps it is time to start asking different questions of the expensive ‘best ‘medical care you are paying for.

It may well be that there is seen to be no relationship between a woman’s perception of her baby’s birth – maybe – mothers recently are just deficient in some way. Look about you – who is happy about their natural birth, their lactation and their relationship to mothering and their baby really? Why all the horror stories abounding?

Why the elective surgeries to cut through a well body, putting self at risk of losing uterus, sexual sensations and possibly baby (higher infant mortality with C sections) and higher likelihood of maternal problems, as it is a major surgery) than just birthing as women were designed to?

Is informed choice even evident against the backdrop of terror induced through what ‘might go wrong’ when naturally birthing? Why sign up to lose all the maternal love hormones, and the easy bounce back without complications after birthing? It seems no longer to be common knowledge that women’s bodies birth beautifully, giving rise to all the bonding emotions and instincts that allow easy mothering.

You may find that obstetricians now openly talk of ‘Mother Nature being a bitch’. What is really means is that they do not understand the rules of maternity – great nutrition and leave well alone. Birthing is a transformation process, and a ripening – and when watching a rose bud, it would be senseless to force the petals to open in your rush to smell the fragrance. It is a matter of waiting till the plant revels itself by blooming in its own time.

Same too with fruit – pulling a nearly ripe apple or peach off a tree is not going to give you the juicy, tasty morsel that you would have if you waited for it to go through the cycle of natural ripening. So too with mums and their fruits – wait and it will happen. Get in the way, especially with tales of awful things in store, and mum’s imagination may run away with her.

So instead of the gifts naturally there to allow mum to birth and bond with baby beautifully, the emphasis is on her perceived trauma and probable pain levels, the medical system is writing normal out through the dictates of what is and is not acceptable at every level of the natural ripening process, giving no thought to the feeing and the sensitivities involved for any of the parents or children, and the doctors have their ’best practice’ manuals and protocols, and mum just has to fit in.

This leaves baby out of the equation except as an after thought.

Life, and birth is to be feared and overcome.

Knights on the white chargers of technology, calendars, screens and clocks are all undoing the routines that nature does so very beautifully alone. In the dark, mysteriously and like a flower – opening mum up in her own good time.

Nature is to be trusted – when there is an idea of what creates wellness or imbalance.  Trust a system that has always worked – when left in peace. Patience needed to raise a child, feed a toddler and birth a baby. Perhaps we need to go back to the perfect road set out by nature for all women to naturally grow, birth, feed and love their babies.

5. The likely outcome of not trusting nature

Underlying becoming an ‘unsettled mum’ is a wealth of pre birth fears, insecurities, and assumptions that were preyed upon to ensure you were/she was conditioned to feel she needed to trust others – not her body or herself. This sets her up for not knowing what to do. Nature had it all sussed. Left to herself she has all the instincts and drives to ensure baby is safe and protected – just like all mammals are and do.

Opening into the infrequently asked, though privately pondered upon questions.
What to do if I do not feel maternal?

What if being a mum is/has not ‘come naturally’ to me?

Maybe to understand this – ask yourself – did loving, pregnancy and birthing come naturally? Were you interrupted at any stage of being connected to baby?  All those scans and the worry of ‘maybe’ – did this upset you and your perfect pregnancy dreams? Did you experience moments or days./weeks of the possibility of loss at the beginning of pregnancy? Did you listen to all that happened to others and internalise it – being grateful when doctor took away the unknowing and give you a date and a ‘pass out’ from having to be a natural birthing mum?
Did you ask how you would feel being a mum without all the birthing hormones intact? Whether baby would be awake and aware enough to be part of the birthing bonding tableaux?

Did you focus on the stories of ‘what may happen’ – the handing over of the decision making ‘for the good of baby’? .  . Did you think to ask – what about when I take baby home – will my maternal instincts all flow then? Will milk, love, and wanting to be a mum happen later?

Often it does not.

Much more often than not now birthing is removed from how nature sets you up to be able, and wanting to be a mum.

Is it possible to get this back?

Yes – but not the same . . . This is possibly why such vehemence is directed by women to women – those who can breastfeed and those who do not – did you realise that lactation is part of the nature package and that bottles and maternal trauma often follow from not having the hormonal helpers that nature intended through the exhilaration and the conquest of all that is faced when birthing?

There is plenty of time to ponder for the rest of your life, why you may have ignored all of the natural steps to becoming a mum. At least it is possible to do it differently next time – but – the firstborn (as this usually happens as we do not know any better) is the one the inspiration to do differently comes from.

What to do to settle mum into being mum?

This is helped tremendously by having made the decisions to make as natural life/ baby as possible – thus to have a healthy as pregnancy as possible (not fearfully monitored, but grown with love) and to have chosen to birth with trusted mid-wives who nurture and tend a blossoming mum – with motherly attention to natural pregnancy.

Nature has programmes to ensure baby is safe as mum is bound to him/her.

Once born, baby will help – if baby is alert and aware and has not gone through his/ her own traumas – especially if s/he has been vaccinated and is not able to be a natural baby, as all the chemicals and the drugs administered to mum have altered what comes naturally to baby.

This brings us to why the Pregnancy App was designed, and to the information that is found when you buy the natural pregnancy and natural living packages.

The App itself is written as a problem/why/solution model. This means it is not possible to work from a wellness but a problem orientation. This is why the support Heather Says website runs in tandem.

Traditional steaming

If we could stop being in a First World head-space, we could steam as traditional cultures still do this. It would be a lot easier to just do it anyway to start somewhere – you do not need a fancy anything.

My body model comes from PNG – Papua New Guinea. She is showing us what the older aunties did – after birth and to ensure that a woman’s body works perfectly – at all ages . . You do not need to wait till you have a chair all set up – or buy a special anything . .  A bowl of just boiled water – with herbs in it – and a blanket/some form of material to hold the steam in – and so it goes up inside – and we have our legs apart as we do want the steam up inside.

In the village it would be – as the water cools down – you end up sitting in it and then washing within

We MUST have the vaginal opening being accessible.
When women are a lot larger – it is not enough just to have her on the chair, sitting up prettily – least she is to sit forwards – hence the foot stool.

Legs apart . .


And – leaning forwards . .

Ideally in my new extremely expensive carry-anywhere chair – we need ‘stirrups’ – on the side so she can sit forwards and be at  the right angle.


Obviously we are in the start up stages with this arrangement – as the hole is way too large . .All that steam has to go within us. The old style commode is sitting as a testament to what else is easily sourced.

Cases from clinic. .
75 year old Italian lady who has been ‘cooking her pussy’ ever since I mentioned it over 2 1/2 years ago. She is less wrinkled in her face, is sleeping ‘like an angel’, is so much more relaxed, has no more of the recurrent bladder infections, has lost her kidney stones, and her pain levels (previously she was ‘riddled’ with arthritis) are minute relative to before. All of her friends ridicule her – as it is not of their culture.  She wondered over the decades why women of other cultures looked so much younger and more sprightly – and they all to a one – told her – “you white women do not look after yourself – after babies or generally”.

Here is the way to do so  .
Simple cheaply and at home – herbs? Grow them yourself..

Enjoy this essential part of being woman. .


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Heather’s Journey

Heather Bruce has been an acupuncture practitioner and consultant, naturopath, herbalist and lifestyle counselor since opening her first natural health care practice in central Brisbane, Australia in early 1979.

Her key interests are in all levels of health and well-being: especially in exploring the nature of disease, and its contribution to our life tapestry. She is most known for her cutting edge contribution in inclusive, hands on holistic health – usually where answers are not easily found.

Admitted as a Member of the Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd (AACMA) in April 1979, Heather was promoted to Fellow in 1996. She has been a Board member and a lecturer. Always at the forefront of healing ventures, she co-developed the original three year course at the then Acupuncture Colleges Australia, then Australian College of Natural Medicine, now Endeavour College.

She searches out that which will affirm, enrich and enhance life



  Part time study at Canterbury University and Massey, Sociology, Education and Psychology.

1977-78   Diploma of Acupuncture (Acupuncture Colleges Australia [Sydney])

1979         Bachelor of Acupuncture, Netherlands (Dr Van Buren) and Brisbane College of Traditional Acupuncture.

1979         Diploma of Naturopathy (Institute of Naturopathy, Mapleton)

1980         Diploma of Western Herbal Medicine (private study Nancy Evelyn)

1981         Diploma of Bach Flower Remedies (private study Nancy Evelyn)

Concurrently . . . .

1979 – early 2000’s birth attendant to ensure easy birthing via Bach and other vibrational essences, massage and acupuncture interventions if necessary in home and hospital settings. Worked as the home birth midwife’s problem solver in this time.

1979 – 1983 very busy inner Brisbane city women’s health practice (plus all the elderly and general population as a sideline).

1980/1 Yandina (100 Km north of Brisbane) rural practice, within a medical clinic concurrently in Brisbane urban one.

1984 – Baby 2 born: continued writing the new acupuncture course, whilst presenting it to the two third year intakes.

1986 – Baby 3 born (massively brain injured – taken out of orthodox into ‘fringe’ to find answers. Practical, pragmatic self healing – (in odd places). Profound healing and diversions into searching (world wide before the internet) and training for volunteers to assist with the closed brain injury intensive recovery (home based) programme that was in place to rescue her daughter – over 7 years until Ryan’s birth intervened.

1987 Reiki 1 with Beth Gray

1989 Reiki 2 with Beth Gray

1989 onwards – Aura Soma Introduction and Level 1 and 2 –

1989 – 1992 “Who Am I” emotional/spiritual retreats

1990 onwards – Aura Soma and Aura Light workshops

1992 – 4 almost completed Bachelor of Adult Education and Vocational Training, (pregnancy and international move intervened – half a semester remaining]

1994 – Last child born (after returning home to NZ to live briefly)

1995 – 2004 – inner Brisbane very busy HIV/pregnancy and infertility based practice

1998 Sikem and Seichem attunement

2004 – Reiki 1 and 2 refresher course

2004   Various sexual/emotional blockage release workshops – David Deida /Sophia/William and other male/female emotional retreat workshops

2004 – 6 Quodoushka ‘Sacred Sexuality’ workshops, Levels 1 – 3,

2005 – BREAK in NZ – Long service leave to write “What Dads Can Do”.

2006 – Commenced her long standing New Zealand rural practice, being a primary health carer for the eternally pregnant women, in their Amish-like community.

2006 ongoing – (In addition to NZ) – very busy fertility/pregnancy practice in Brisbane, Australia, whilst committed to working with the rural multi-parous community and the small town clinic she also runs in Greymouth, NZ when there.

2007 – 5 day Sound Healing workshop with Karin Scheld, Canterbury, NZ

2008 – Completed Bachelor of Adult and Vocational Education, Griffith University,.

2009 – Sydney Aura Soma – Mike Booth ‘Emerald Heart’ workshop

2012 – One unit (Research into CAM) towards Masters of Health Sciences at Canty Uni Chch, NZ

2013 – Melbourne Aura Soma – Mike Booth – ‘Three Stars of the Subtle Anatomy’

2013/2014/2017 – Attended Rothenburg Kongress, Germany

2014‘Self Care Level 1 Arvigo ®’ training (Melbourne)

2014 – ‘Professional Care Training’ (Kin Kin)
2014‘Introduction to Spiritual Healing’ (Kin Kin)

2014 – ‘Arvigo® Accreditation’ (New Hampshire, USA)

2014‘Advanced Pregnancy’ (New Hampshire, USA)

2015 – ‘Ix Chel Mastery’ (New Hampshire, USA)

2015‘Self Care Teacher Training’ (New Hampshire, USA)

2016Advanced Spiritual Healing (Belize)

2015 – 16 – Presented 6 Self Care courses in in 9 months including three with advanced acupuncture trainings.

2016 – Mercier training

2017 – Began Reiki mastership training

Heather has attended a colossal amount of residential and weekend courses, with 10,000’s hours of personal research and learning, collecting a massive research library whilst maintaining currency in her many chosen fields.

Often as a single mother, Heather has continued teaching and mentoring others. Her life revolves around researching and developing teaching tools, assisting all levels of acupuncture and midwifery themed workshops and personal self help searchers. There is a huge collection of resources in the form of instructional websites, eBooks and packages – including self education trainings and apps.

None of this would have been possible without the discovery of the Antakarana meditation in 1990. Throughout the torrid Kathryn years, this and the use of crystals, Reiki, the introduction of the Aura Soma range and, and of singing her heart out . .

Internationally teaching and presenting, Heather is now spreading her influence in webinars and in online courses and membership sites. Heather’s Gentling Ways and ‘Living Ligaments’ are Heather‘s current projects – training more practitioners internationally into her own Moving Blockages style of holistic heartful hands-on health care, resulting in all levels of energy body transformation.

Recently setting a healing centre in Brisbane to ground this work, Heather is usually in the Life Alignment Centre – 10 Kitchener St Coorparoo – though in summer more likely in her healing sanctuary in the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand – alternating the two venues when not teaching internationally or on retreat with her students.

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Declutter, Reset, Restore



Spiritual bathing

We all know that we are more than the bits that make up our bodies. All cultures have had a non physical component in their healing work.

Spiritual bathing, or general space clearing is to balance what may be excess energy from too much focus, intense anything – including happiness – or ‘stress’ including watching the events as they unfold on the media. Do we really need all this in our sacred space? Home is where we hide away from the world – why bring it and all that drama into your life? May be in the form also of attention such as when being a performer, or a speaker, can lead to a charge in that person’s auric field which in turn can lead to a heaviness, or restlessness in their being. Different versions  of Feng Shui, dowsing and clearing are seen in most cultures and traditions.

Spiritual Bathing is an ancient ritual found within the history, if not the current practices of most cultures. There are  variations, however the essence is the same. The belief that water is sacred and purifying, can protect and cleanse from negative influences as well as used to mark rites of passage is well known across most human endeavours – and is found within religious experiences.

The Spiritual Bathing practice through the ways of The Maya holds a focus on vitality of the spirit, well outside religion. Beyond talking therapies – it is  regenerative, and gives a sense of renewal and of rebirth.

The Maya Spiritual Bathing is a ritual using Prayer as a Medicine Song, burning Copal ( a resin incense), plants collected with prayer, and the main ingredient – pure water. This is an extremely powerful tool – yet is gentle on people of all ages, in particular children who are generally more sensitive than the grown de-sensitised adult.



  • Susto Fright or Trauma
  • Pesar Grief
  • Tristeza Sadness
  • Coraje Anger
  • El Ojo/Ojo Caliente Hot eye
  • Mal Ojo Evil eye
  • Envidia Envy or jealousy

Spiritual Bathing will also alleviate

  • Soul loss
  • Astral fragments
  • Night terrors
  • Bullying
  • Restlessness with babies/new mothers who have had too many visitors

A simple thing all can do is with intention and gratiti0ude ask a plant to help you – ask which one wishes to = especially your rosemary plant – pick a  twig – or two. Get a clean glass bowl, pure water (not tap ideally) and ask some flowers for guidance – add them to the water, leave in the sun a while, then dip your rosemary in and sprinkle the water from the lustre bowl over your head and through your energy fields, whilst asking for assistance and clearance – anyone can – you may be very surprised at how clear you then feel.
Perhaps extend this practice to the are in and around your house, your children, where there has been discord – keep dipping back in the lustre bowl. Thank all the energies that have helped you. Gratitude for all we have is a graceful way of allowing all that could be to resonate higher for you. A very different form of ‘smudging’ and one that will at least centre you to being more mindful of your surroundings and what impacts upon you and your life.

How to wear a faja

Session Benefits

Benefits for Women

Normally the uterus sits slightly above the bladder in the centre of the pelvis, about 30-40mm above the pubic bone.

It is held in place by muscles, the vaginal wall and ligaments that attach it to the pelvis.

These ligaments stretch to accommodate a growing fetus inside and to allow movement when the bladder or bowel is full.

The ligaments and muscles can weaken and loosen, causing the uterus to move downward, forward, backward or to one side or the other.

A tilted or prolapsed uterus can be the source of a multitude of symptoms.

Women are often told, there is nothing that can be done.

Treatment options may include the birth control pill, muscle relaxants, or surgery.

There are a great many physical and emotional symptoms that can be addressed and prevented with these simple, non-invasive massage techniques.

When reproductive organs shift, they can constrict normal flow of blood and lymph, and disrupt nerve connections.

Just a little extra weight sitting on blood and lymph vessels can cause pain and discomfort throughout the different systems in the body.

The natural balance of the body is restored in the pelvic area and the surrounding organs by shifting the uterus back into place.

The massage helps flush toxins and restore nutrients to help tone tissue and bring hormones back to normal levels.

This is essential for healthy reproductive functioning, such as painless periods, healthy pregnancy, effective labor and birth.

Old scars and adhesions from invasive treatments such as fibroid tumors, endometriosis, and cesarean delivery are eased when addressed by uterine massage.

In addition, digestion, urinary and bladder problems can be helped.

Benefits for Men

Men benefit greatly from these technqiues as well.

By ensuring a full blood supply to the prostate, the abdominal massage helps to prevent swelling and inflammation.

Men often feel a distinct difference in blood flow after a treatment.

The massage can relieve prostate swelling, and also help with:

  • varicose veins,
  • premature ejaculation,
  • some impotency problems and
  • the need to urinate frequently.

Digestive and Emotional Benefits for Men and Women

Individuals with digestive disorders benefit greatly from the application of these techniques.

Many of our common disorders such as:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome,
  • Indigestion,
  • Constipation, and
  • heartburn

are treated with antacids, muscle relaxants, and a variety of other medications.

These treatments address symptoms, not the causes.

The Arvigo Techniques give the upper abdomen a deep, thorough massage which loosens tight muscles around the stomach and the arteries. This improves the blood supply to the vital digestive and eliminative organs.

The diaphragm is gently massaged allowing relaxation of tight musculature.

Symptoms alleviated by Maya Massage

The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy are offered as a supportive modality to enhance health and wellness, and are not meant as an entire approach to health care. If you have any serious medical conditions, please consult your health care provider first.

Practitioners of The Arvigo® Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy report that many common health care symptoms are alleviated by these techniques. Organ functions are supported and enhanced.

This list contains the most common symptoms that may be improved by incorporating this holistic modality into ones health care.

For Women

  • Displaced or prolapsed uterus and or bladder
  • Painful menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Irregular menstrual cycles and ovulation
  • Bladder or yeast infections
  • Miscarriages, difficult pregnancies
  • Endometriosis
  • Peri menopause, menopausal symptoms
  • Infertility
  • PMS/Depression with menstruation
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Uterine fibroids
  • Abnormal uterine bleeding
  • Enhances Pregnancy, aids in labor and birthing
  • Pelvic congestion, pain

For Men

  • Early stages of prostate swelling
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Prostatitis (mild)
  • Impotence, Erectile Dysfunction (depending on cause)

For Everyone

  • Headaches/migraines
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Low energy
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Gastro Esophogeal Reflux (GERD)
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Chronic constipation
  • Low Back ache
  • Chronic indigestion or heartburn
  • Gastritis
  • Restricted breathing due to tension

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Well Parents

Prospective parents knew to be in the best condition they could be – common sense dictates that mum being well means baby has the best chance for an easy life.

There are now many medical excuses . . . mostly around the women’s age and apparent gyne conditions. In a few short decades, the plummeting male fertility means now a handful of apparently normal LOOKING sperm are considered ‘fertile’, when in the past almost all were expected to look and to behave as sperm should – vigorously swimming for the goal.

This has thus meant that the resultant fetuses are not necessarily fit for independent life – making all the scanning and testing and worries seem so normal now.

Chemicals that were not there 100 years ago and our bodies have no way of screening them out, or knowing what to do with them, once in.

Background Pollution

Watch ‘The Disappearing Male’

A book to get you started Slow Death by Rubber Duck

To help counteract these . .

Start with wellness and an overhaul.

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Over the course of my research, I have been adding to what I have discovered for all those interested in being healthier and in assisting those who maybe ARE asking infrequently asked questions.

To assist you to your journey towards well babies – maybe start with this wealth of traditional (Chinese medicine) and nutritional information.

‘The Infertility Cure’ – Randine Lewis

‘Fertility and Conception’ Zita West

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