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7 Things You Should Know About Acupuncture and Pregnancy

pregnancy-071414Acupuncture involves the placement of thin sterilized needles to stimulate various acupoints throughout the body. The stimulation of these areas is believed to correct imbalances and blockages in the body by promoting the healthy flow of energy (known as qi – pronounced CHEE).

The thought of having half a dozen or more tiny needles sticking into your skin when you’re pregnant, may sound unappealing. However, it’s a safe, painless, straightforward procedure that can treat a number of adverse symptoms associated with pregnancy.

#1) Relieves Morning Sickness

Profound changes happen when you become pregnant.  Morning sickness is a common reaction to the hormonal changes, and increases in the volume of fluid and blood in the body.  It usually occurs only in the first three months of pregnancy, ranging in intensity from mild nausea to very severe vomiting.  Morning sickness, also known as “rebellious qi,” can occur at any time of the day.  Acupuncture and/or herbs provides a safe, effective solution that “subdues the rebellious qi,” allowing you to enjoy your pregnancy.

#2) Reduces Pelvic Pain

Pelvic pain is one of the most common symptoms reported by pregnant women. As the womb grows to accommodate the mother’s unborn baby, ligaments are stretched beyond their normal range of motion. This stretching, combined with the increased weight and hormone changes, can result in mild-to-severe pelvic pain.

Acupuncture offers a safe and effective way to treat pelvic pain without relying on drugs that may otherwise harm the unborn baby. This is done by encouraging the body to activate its own “self-healing” mechanism.

#3) Reduces Stress Levels

Acupuncture is also known to lower stress levels by regulating the production, and subsequent release, of hormones, which is something that all pregnant women can benefit from. A study published in the the Journal of Endocrinology found hormones related to stress were lowered in laboratory mice when acupuncture was administered. The needles are believed to trigger the body’s healing response, which in turn regulates hormone production.

#4) Reduces Labour Duration

Pregnant women will often begin acupuncture sessions in the weeks leading up to their due date, essentially “prepping” their bodies for the experience. Several studies have found acupuncture to improve cervical maturation, and reduce labor times by as much as 20%.

#5) Constipation

Constipation is a common complain during pregnancy, often leading to the development of hemorrhoids.  Diet is an important consideration, of course. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, hot spicy foods should be avoided, as well as excessive consumption of cold foods.  Other factors include emotional stress, lack of exercise and overworking.

#6) Reduces Foot Pain

Yet another benefit of acupuncture for expecting moms is reduction of foot pain. The added weight attributed to pregnancy often results in foot pain and swelling during those nine months. Thankfully, these symptoms can be alleviated through a series of acupuncture sessions.

#7) Improves Blood Circulation

Of course, acupuncture is also known to improve blood circulation. Blood pressure irregularities (including hypertension), spider veins, edema, and general exhaustion are all common blood flow-related symptoms experienced by women during pregnancy. Undergoing a series of acupuncture sessions, though, may prevent these symptoms from occurring.

 Sometimes uncomfortable symptoms or problems will happen during pregnancy. Acupuncture, ear seeds and/or herbs can provide safe, effective solutions that improve the experience of pregnancy.

Also, many common postpartum difficulties are treatable by Chinese medicine including insomnia, fainting or dizziness, abdominal pain, depression, fatigue, constipation, incontinence, or insufficient lactation.

Talk to Catheryne and see if Traditional Chinese Medicine is appropriate for your situation.


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