Often referred to as morning sickness, nausea and vomiting at any time of the day are common discomforts in early pregnancy. Many women can experience this as early as 5-6 weeks into pregnancy, and, for the majority, the symptoms begin to subside around the 14th to the 16th week. While specific causes for morning sickness are unknown, changing hormone and blood sugar levels are often thought to be factors. Stress and fatigue are also known to aggravate symptoms. Acupuncture can be effective in treating nausea and vomiting, by calming the sympathetic nervous system, bringing improved circulation to the digestive system, and thereby lessening the extreme spikes in hormone and blood sugar levels. Herbal medicine also offers gentle teas to soothe the digestive system.
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Bleeding and threatened miscarriage:
1 in 4 pregnancies will experience bleeding in the first trimester, which can be disconcerting for many. Without any intervention, half of these women will continue on to have healthy pregnancies. Bed rest was once the standard practice, but the current recommendation is to wait and simply avoid over-exertion. This can be an anxious time for many. While it is impossible to prevent a miscarriage due to a chromosomal abnormality, Chinese Medicine has a long history of treatment to ensure optimal health of the mother at this delicate time. Acupuncture treatments can also reduce anxiety and offer a calm space where women can feel supported.
Missed miscarriage and post miscarriage:
These can be difficult times filled with a mixture of emotions. When women have been diagnosed with a missed miscarriage they can choose to intervene shortly after the diagnosis; however, some choose to wait and give the the body the chance to miscarry on its own. These are all personal choices and should always be respected. For those who are choosing to wait, Chinese Medicine can be beneficial to gently support the process. Regardless whether one chooses to wait, Chinese Medicine treats the post-miscarriage time with great care. Addressing the hormonal changes, calming the mind, supporting the body, and ensuring a return to a regular and healthy menstrual cycle are all considered to be of the utmost importance to a woman’s health and wellbeing.
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