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Pregnancy and Labour

Acupuncture Treatment May Help During Pregnancy and Labour!

 

Acupuncture may be a useful treatment method to help facilitate a healthy pregnancy and labour. Acupuncture may be useful when you and your partner are attempting to conceive naturally or through IVF. It may also be helpful for many issues a woman may encounter during pregnancy and to assist with the challenges of childbirth. Below are some of the ways in which acupuncture may be helpful throughout pregnancy and labour.

 

You’re Pregnant, What’s Next?

 

A surprisingly large number of women are burdened with infertility for various reasons. We understand that you may have undergone a whole load of medical interventions to get this far, or you may have found conception to be no trouble at all. Either way, the first few weeks of pregnancy may bring a variety of emotions. You are probably experiencing happiness, but may experience anxiety as well. According to traditional Chinese medicine and a scientific study published in Chinese journal of integrative medicine by Ying & Jing-zhi (2006), acupuncture treatment and Chinese herbs may help by reducing anxiety. Weekly acupuncture treatment for the first 3 months of pregnancy may also significantly modulate the immune system and reduce the risk of miscarriage.

 

Alleviate the Challenges of Pregnancy

 

Once you come to terms with the blessing of pregnancy, it’s time to sit back, stay healthy, and watch the tummy swell with life. But even mother nature needs help once in a while. Acupuncture may be helpful in addressing minor pregnancy disorders that may arise such as:

 

•  Skin Rashes

The final trimester is occasionally associated with itching, which can be quite uncomfortable and distressing. Rather than use antihistamines or steroids, pregnant women can seek the safer option of acupuncture.

 

•  Pain

Supporting a human being in your stomach is expected to take a toll on your body. Pregnant women may experience pubic bone pain, leg cramps, carpal tunnel syndrome, and sciatica. Acupuncture is a technique which may be used to manage these pains.

 

•  Stress and Anxiety

All medical practitioners agree that stress can have adverse effects on the baby’s health (immune system) and acupuncture may be a worthwhile intervention to reduce anxiety.

 

•  Depression

When your midwife, obstetrician, or general practitioner declares antidepressants as inappropriate or unsafe for your pregnancy, acupuncture may be a useful alternative.

 

•  Haemorrhoids

It’s fairly common for pregnant women to experience haemorrhoids, especially after labour. The combination of a balanced diet and acupuncture may help relieve the suffering associated with this condition.

 

•  Varicose Veins

Although acupuncture does not necessarily cure varicose veins in the vulva and legs, it may significantly mitigate the discomfort.

 

•  Excessive Weight Gain

Acupuncture, exercise, and a healthy diet may improve metabolism and reduce the likelihood of weight problems and diabetes.

 

•  Persistent Nausea or Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are common in pregnancy. Whether mild or debilitating, weekly acupuncture treatment may help to manage the symptoms.

 

•  Fatigue and Anaemia

Acupuncture, moxibustion treatment, and dietary measures may help women cope with fatigue and improve energy levels.

 

•  Heartburn

Up until the baby moves lower in the pelvis, soon-to-be mothers may experience heartburn, especially during the third trimester. Acupuncture and a carefully selected diet may help lessen the discomfort.

 

•  Constipation

If you are suffering from constipation, acupuncture, moderate exercise, drinking plenty of fluids, and a diet high in fibre may help.

 

•  Headaches

Acupuncture may ease the suffering from headaches or migraines during the early stages of pregnancy.

 

Labour:

 

During the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, acupuncture treatment once a week has been found to shorten the labour time, encourage cervical ripening, and reduce the rates of emergency caesarian. In a study published in the Medical Acupuncture journal, Betts & Lennox (2006) discovered that acupuncture treatment during the final weeks of pregnancy reduced the chances of medical intervention (caesarian deliveries, medical inductions, and epidurals) by up to 33% among 169 women in Australia. But if the membranes rupture prematurely, acupuncture may also be used to encourage labour and support a medical induction.

Therefore, acupuncture is an intervention that may make your pregnancy easier. Take care of yourself and your health and your baby’s health by visiting Long Life Health.

 

 

References

 

Betts, D., & Lennox, S. (2006). Acupuncture for pre birth treatment: An observational study of its use in midwifery practice. Medical acupuncture, 17(3), 16-19.

Ying, L., & Jing-zhi, W. (2006). Effect of Gutai Decoction on the abortion rate of in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer. Chinese journal of integrative medicine, 12(3), 189-193.

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