Whilst most women are ecstatic about being pregnant, they often dread the associated symptoms. Many have no troubles coping with the constant fatigue, strange appetite and “pregnancy brain” as they call it, but the morning sickness is often the biggest inconvenience. It varies from case to case, with some women only having it during the first trimester, others suffer with it for most of the pregnancy. Even the term “morning sickness” seems a bit outdated, as many women I see have nausea and vomiting all day long, rarely these days is it confined to just the morning. The reason this occurs is when a woman falls pregnant her goes through some very big and rapid changes. More Qi and Blood is being sent to the uterus, the digestion is most affected as not only is it the source of Qi and Blood, but it also has a strong connection to the uterus through what we call the Ren and Chong vessels. If the mother is constitutionally very strong, then this extra strain on her digestion won’t affect her greatly, and she may just have some nausea or no symptoms at all. Women with weaker constitutions, or very strong foetuses are more prone to having their digestion weakened, which results in nausea and vomiting.
Acupuncture for Lower back pain and Pelvic Instability
Often in the second and third trimesters, women gain relief from the fatigue and nausea, but suffer headaches and back pain instead. The headaches are often caused by hormonal changes in the body, whilst back and pelvic pain is being caused by the structural changes going on in the pelvic bones and ligaments.
Another common condition in the third trimester is Carpal tunnel Syndrome caused by fluid retention. This puts pressure on the nerves in the forearms and caused numbness and pain.
For all these conditions, Acupuncture can help reduce the discomfort and often provide some relief, so the last few months of pregnancy are more manageable.