PREGNANCY: Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be used to assist all throughout your pregnancy; from pre conception planning- link to blog right through to recovering post birth – link to blog. How can Chinese Medicine be used to assist you during your pregnancy? Chinese Medicine can be used during your pregnancy and can aid with several symptoms.
Chinese Medicine can aid with: Fatigue Morning sickness Digestive issues – reflux, heartburn, bloating Emotional issues Stress Maintaining a pregnancy during the first trimester Nausea
Chinese Herbal Medicine and the first trimester
The first 3 months are the most unstable in a pregnancy. CHM will focus on maintaining a pregnancy during the first 3 months, especially if a woman has experienced miscarriages prior to this pregnancy. During these 3 months, blood and qi are directed by our body to the uterus so that the developing baby has all the essential nutrients and energy that it needs.
This can cause an imbalance in the flow of qi and affect our digestive system leading to morning sickness, nausea, heartburn, loss of appetite, fatigue and reflux. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine are used hand in hand during treatment. Chinese Herbal medicine is specific to the individual and can only be given within a consultation with a registered Chinese Medicine Practitioner.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and the second trimester.
These months are the most stable in Pregnancy. Begin getting regular massages, increasing the frequency of massage to once a week as you approach delivery. Here in CHM we focus on specific symptoms that may arise for the individual. Acupuncture will be used to treat pain, lower back pain, sciatica, pelvic instability, and digestive issues. Chinese Herbal medicine will focus on calming the Shen (emotions), so it will aid with stress, anxiety, depression, worry, insomnia, digestive issues, and oedema.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and the last trimester.
Oedema (water retention will begin to occur during these months, as well as sciatica and pelvic instability. The growth of the foetus impedes blood flow to the lower legs and varicose veins may appear. Chinese Herbal medicine can aid with oedema, Acupuncture will be used mainly for sciatica, lower back pain, and pelvic instability.