Many women experience a care free pregnancy, ‘in full bloom’ as older women say. Although it is common for women to experience nausea and vomiting, if it is not too severe, it is just a reassuring sign that all is well. But if you do fall sick then what can you use that is going to be effective and safe for both you and the baby? This is where acupuncture is fantastic. Acupuncture is not only proven to be extremely safe , it is also proven to be effective for nausea, backache and other common conditions during pregnancy.
Acupuncture is safe and effective for common conditions during pregnancy, as highlighted by the World Health Organisation.
Acupuncture in Pregnancy Care
- nausea and vomiting
- back pain
- pubic-symphysis pain
- general stress
- water retention
Breech position is most effectively treated around 36 weeks, although I have seen positive results quite a bit later.
Weekly sessions of acupuncture after 36 weeks of pregnancy can help get your body ready for labour.
Threatened or Recurrent Miscarriage
Acupuncture is increasingly recognised as a valuable treatment for threatened or recurrent miscarriage. While sadly not all miscarriages can be prevented, it is surprising just how effective acupuncture can be. If you have suffered recurrent miscarriage, then the preparation is all important, before you get pregnant. Once your energies are ready then acupuncture support is continued during those crucial early months.
Acupuncture After Birth Care
- Insufficient lactation
- swollen ankles
- back and shoulder pain
This is of course largely contributed to by lack of sleep – but it also arises from depletion of ‘blood and qi’ in acupuncture terms, and it is in this regard that acupuncture is most helpful.
Acupuncture is able to bring about a sense of well-being and renewed sense of self, even in difficult circumstances such as those experienced by new mothers. This is a boon for those experiencing depression in early parenthood. However, it is also important that you seek help from your GP as this can develop rapidly and seriously. Your doctor may also prescribe CBT for this condition.