Our body is an organic machine that can begin to function less efficiently as we age. In addition, stress, unhealthy diet, lack of exercise, lack of adequate rest and sleep, emotions, illness and injury all influence the homeostasis the body needs to properly respond to the challenges it faces, especially as an older mom. Whether you are trying to conceive, are pregnant, a new mom or a mom with growing children, you want to give your body every advantage when facing the demands placed upon it. At any stage, you can improve your body function and its response to the physical and mental challenges of motherhood. Acupuncture, herbal medicine, dietary changes, vigorous exercise (swimming, biking) as well as restorative gentle exercise (tai chi, yoga, qi gong), are just a few of the ways you can provide the balance your body needs for proper functioning that will give you better health, vitality and longevity.