Preparing for the Pregnancy with Acupuncture

Chinese medicine can help smooth the way for the new mother by helping address common issues that come up during pregnancy.

Threatened Miscarriage

There are many possible causes of miscarriage.  From a Western medical view causes may include autoimmune diseases.  There are treatments that both Western medicine and Chinese medicine have to offer.  There is the opinion that an East meets West approach to reproductive medicine is the new gold standard of care.  Experience has shown that by working as a team with the patient and the reproductive endocrinologist, fertility quotients are increased and miscarriage rates decline.  Read more

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is just one of many conditions that acupuncture is able to treat.  An Australian study reported that of 593 women less than 14 weeks pregnant, those who received traditional acupuncture treatments reported having less frequent and shorter periods of nausea than the women who received no acupuncture treatments, according to Pregnancy Today.  These improvements were felt immediately and lasted throughout the study’s four-week duration.  Read more

Depression

Acupuncture is also used to treat depression during pregnancy.  Up to 10 percent of women will experience depression during pregnancy.  Women who are already predisposed to depression are at increased risks during pregnancy because of endocrine changes.  Untreated depression in pregnant women might lead to adverse effects for both mothers and infants.  Also, postpartum depression is more likely to occur if depression during pregnancy goes untreated. Depression that goes untreated may lead to poor maternal health behaviors.

Antidepressant therapy is not recommended for pregnant women, because antidepressants may harm the fetus. Many pregnant women are reluctant to undergo pharmacological treatment for their depression because its side effects.  This is why many more women are turning toward acupuncture to treat depression during pregnancy.  Read more

Acupuncture also treats conditions during the second trimester; it can alleviate heartburn, hemorrhoids and stress.  Acupuncture can bring relief from sciatica, backache, pubic and joint pain and even carpal tunnel syndrome during the third trimester.  It can treat other common conditions such as edema, anxiety, dizziness, constipation and urinary problems.

There are many health problems that may arise during pregnancy that may threaten the health of mother, baby or the pregnancy itself.  Chinese medicine has a long history of treating these problems.