In This Issue
Charis "Teaching Birth" Workshop
February 27, 2010
Study backs midwife-led maternity care
Our Charis Family
Delectable Fruit Platters
Back to Glory Land
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With a Little Common SenseÖ
recently overheard two people in public talking about their teeth.
Since I used to work in the dental field, my ears perked up. No, I
wasn't eves dropping. They were talking loud enough for all to hear.
When I saw that one was pregnant, it caught my attention that much
The pregnant lady made a statement that saddened me. She said that
her teeth get bad during pregnancy and she has resigned herself to
losing a tooth for each pregnancy. I have heard the old wives' tale
that you lose a tooth for each pregnancy, but I didn't realize that
there were some educated people out there who still believe it.
It is true that there are changes in saliva during pregnancy that
make the environment in the mouth more friendly to decay-causing
bacteria; but contrary to popular belief in the not-too-distant
past, tooth calcium is stable and is not mobilized during pregnancy
the way bone calcium is. A baby doesnít take calcium from his
The mouth isnít the only part of the body that experiences changes
during pregnancy. Every system in the body is affected by pregnancy,
but that doesn't mean that our overall health has to suffer. It just
means that we need to use common sense about how we care for our
bodies in light of the changes experienced in the pregnant body.
Using good common sense, expectant mothers can avoid dental problems
during pregnancy. When a pregnant woman understands that the changes
in her saliva will create an environment where bacteria can
flourish, common sense will lead her to brush after each meal, floss
daily, and avoid sugary foods that promote the growth of
As a bonus, when pregnant women give attention to oral hygiene, they
are also reducing their chances of preterm labor and heart problems.
One of the causes of premature birth and heart disease is
periodontal disease. The bacteria that live beneath the gums can get
into the bloodstream and precipitate labor before the baby is ready
and can also put the woman at higher risk for heart disease.
Think about the other parts of the body and how they are affected by
pregnancy. How about the decreased gastric secretion of pepsin (the
main enzyme that digests protein) during pregnancy, for instance? Or
how about the fact that dehydration and low blood sugar can lead to
greater nausea in pregnancy? How can a little common sense lead to
simple solutions that will help expectant mothers have a happier,
I encourage all childbirth educators, doulas, and midwives to become
very familiar with how pregnancy affects every part of the body. If
we understand the physiology, then we are better able to give our
clients sound advice on how to care for themselves.
Executive Director, Charis Childbirth
Congratulations Anne Sokol for successfully completing all the
requirements to become our newest Charis Certified Childbirth
join us in celebrating with Anne, what a huge blessing she is
to Ukrainian women and families!
P.O. Box 6900
North Port, FL 34290
Kristin Schuchmann ~
Susan Oshel ~ Director of Midwifery Studies
and other funding for the expansion of the Charis ministry
the Charis Childbirth Educator, Doula, and Midwifery students:
sharp minds to learn, opportunities for lots of hands-on learning
the Charis CEís, doulas, and midwives: rest, peace, protection,
the Charis missionaries and humanitarian workers: protection,
peace, divine guidance, financial provision
For our directors and administration: Wisdom,
guidance, energy, and
provision from God as Charis enters this season of growth