This is a really important topic not just to those expecting a new baby, but for most people since so many of us have friends or family who plan to have a child.
It’s apparent that we’ve created a culture here in the US of fear around pregnancy – and I and other acupuncturists and herbalists are here to say that pregnancy can be a really wonderful experience and that it’s truly the beginning of someone’s life. The time in utero is a really critical time and should be protected.
Over the past few years I’ve done some extra training in my field in Obstetrics and Gynecology to learn tools to treat problems that arise during pregnancy as well as problems that existed before pregnancy and continue.
Acupuncture and herbs are safe throughout the entire pregnancy!
Of course choose someone who has experience and training in working with pregnant women. I can prepare someone for a healthy pregnancy and I can help ensure each stage of the pregnancy is supported.
Conditions I treat during pregnancy:
Acupuncture works very well for pain in pregnancy.
Pain is blockage. Acupuncture is specifically designed to release blockages in the energy meridians of the body thus removing the block to flow that results in pain. Trust me, you don’t want drains on your energy during pregnancy – you need all the energy you can get to grow the baby and prepare for caring for the baby. Not to mention all your other responsibilities.
Nausea and Vomiting
While some queasiness or nausea is normal and even can be a good sign in the first trimester, feeling really sick beyond the first trimester, or continuing vomiting in the first trimester, is treatable with acupuncture and/or herbs.
Keep the Bowels Moving!
This is especially important during pregnancy and postpartum. If you are not eliminating every day, this is a sign that your system needs rebalancing to adjust for baby’s presence.
Indigestion, AKA acid reflux or heartburn
When I was pregnant the first time, I thought it was normal to have heartburn and didn’t think of it as something that needed correcting other than to take baking soda water all the time! Again, this is not par for the course! It can and should be eased.
Urinary urgency, frequency, or stress incontinence
Yes, there is a baby sitting on top of your bladder, however, the body is designed to compensate for this normally. This can improve with treatment, making your life in those last months, especially, much more comfortable!
Homework Assignments for Expectant Parents
In addition to using acupuncture and herbs when a pregnant woman sees me in my clinic, I also send her home with acupressure instructions including points for the partner to press or rub during labor.
Pregnancy and childbirth are very special times in a woman’s life, and I’m grateful I can help make it more comfortable!