Acupuncture, pregnancy and tips for miscarriage prevention
Acupuncture is especially beneficial in treating the mother and baby’s health throughout the entire pregnancy, either for natural conception or through IVF.
During the first trimester, acupuncture can be effective for morning sickness from 5-12 weeks. It is able to significantly reduce nausea and vomiting.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs also assist in the prevention of miscarriage. Australian statistics report that 1 in 4 women may suffer a miscarriage within the first 12 weeks, it can also be as high as 50% because of many unreported cases.
Please download this pdf for a list of possible Miscarriage Prevention Tips.
Miscarriages are more prevalent in the following women:
- Women over 40 years old
- Obese overweight women (twice as likely to have a miscarriage as a woman of healthy weight. There is twice the risk that her baby will not survive.)
- Those with poor lifestyles (even the partners of the women)
- Poor sperm quality
In the second trimester, acupuncture for pregnancy will help in the overall health of mother and baby by reducing signs of constipation in the mother. This is a common occurrence, however, fibre, adequate food intake, exercise and acupuncture will help to resolve it.
Acupuncture and herbs will also help with decreased energy and fatigue for the mother.
Overweight women and those suffering from gestational diabetes may benefit from acupuncture, diet and exercise. It will improve metabolism and help weight loss.
Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can impact the baby’s immunity. Acupuncture is able to reduce stress hormones and bring a sense of relaxation for both mother and baby.
During the third trimester, pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, cramps in the legs, can cause discomfort. Whilst these symptoms are better after the delivery, during the last few weeks acupuncture may relieve these symptoms without the need for medications.
Using acupuncture and moxibustion, we may be able to reverse a baby in the breech position during 32-35 weeks of pregnancy. The use of moxibustion applied to the little toe for difficult labour was first mentioned in the Moxibustion Methods for Emergencies by Wenren Qinian in 1226. In Chinese hospitals this technique has been used to treat breech presentations for decades, however the research to date, although promising, is not yet sufficient as a proven method to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines for obstetricians in Australia.
In the last few weeks before delivery, clinical studies have shown that women who have had acupuncture twice a week in the month leading up to their due date could potentially have shorter labours, speed up delivery, and require fewer medical inductions, emergency cesareans and less complications.
Post delivery, acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine could possibly assist with post-partum recuperation for the mother, speed up weight loss, help with milk production for the baby, and significantly reduce post natal depression.