Pregnancy, a time for rejoicing about the creation of new life and being complimented on your radiant glow right? Sadly, this is not the case if you're plagued with morning sickness, fatigue or pain.
Unfortunately, lots of women suffer throughout their pregnancy with anything from increased tiredness to severe morning sickness and vomiting. This can put a huge amount of strain on your day to day and family life and can be utterly incapacitating for some people.
The good news is, however, that acupuncture can be of great benefit to those suffering from these and a whole host of other pregnancy related conditions. It's safe, relaxing and highly effective. Here's a handy guide for those with issues in any trimester.
WHAT KIND OF ISSUES CAN ACUPUNCTURE HELP WITH
- nausea / morning sickness, vomiting and heartburn
- constipation and haemorrhoids
- fatigue, exhaustion and insomnia
- musculoskeletal pain and conditions - including leg cramping, upper and lower back pain, rib pain, sciatica and symphysis pubis pain
- sinusitis and low immune system
- breech and posterior presentation
- preparation for birth and induction
- miscarriage - recurrent, threatened or bleeding through pregnancy
HOW ACUPUNCTURE CAN HELP
The great thing about acupuncture is that it looks at your whole system to target whatever needs boosting or calming to offer relief from your unwanted symptoms and set you up for feeling great. A bespoke treatment plan can be created to get you back on track based on which stage of pregnancy you're in, any pre-existing health conditions and what's happening in your life that could also be impacting your health.
Acupuncture works by stimulating the body's natural capacity for finding equilibrium and health. It can help to increase relaxation and normalise hormone levels, relieve pain and muscle tension, boost energy levels and regulate the digestive system.
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A FEW WAYS TO HELP YOURSELF
- morning sickness - lots of people find benefit from ginger tea or biscuits, fizzy water, eating what you fancy little and often, using lemon or peppermint oil to inhale and using 'sea-bands' (see netmums.com for reviews), take plenty of rest
- puffy ankles and swelling - keep up gentle movement (included rotating the ankles often), elevate your feet when resting, ensure you have a good fluid intake, restrict consumption of cold / raw foods
- sinusitis - diet is very helpful with this condition - cut down on or avoid mucous-forming foods such as dairy**, rich foods, bananas and orange juice - introduce pears (raw or poached), grapefruit peel in hot water and peppermint tea which help to clear phlegm
- acupressure in labour - Debra Betts has created a wonderful user-friendly guide on some very useful points to use during labour to alleviate pain and stimulate the body's natural birthing capacities - click here for more details
** to ensure that you're getting plenty of calcium you can include foods that are rich in this mineral such as broccoli, leafy greens, almonds, salmon, seaweed, baked beans, onions, bone broth and sesame seeds