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 Even the term “morning sickness” seems a bit outdated, as many women I see have nausea and vomiting all day long, rarely these days is it confined to just the morning.
Morning Sickness according to Acupuncture
The reason this occurs is when a woman falls pregnant her body 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. These vessels are more prone to becoming disrupted due to the changes occurring and the growing feotus. 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.
Often the body is able to adjust and hence by the end of the 1st trimester, many women notice the nausea improving on its own. Some women unfortunately don’t and it can last well in to the pregnancy.
Acupuncture is used to try and ease the disruption to the digestion, through the use of points that help keep the Qi moving through the stomach. This may help some women with their nausea complaint.
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 causes numbness and pain.
For all these conditions, Acupuncture may help reduce the discomfort and often provide some relief, so the last few months of pregnancy are more manageable.
If you would like to discuss this or any other health concerns, feel free to call the clinic on 9796 2388