nausea, vomiting and acupuncture
Many expecting mothers suffer from the symptoms of nausea and vomiting early within their pregnancy. It usually starts at the 6 week mark and ends approximately at 16 weeks, but can continue throughout all 3 trimesters. More than 50% of pregnant women will suffer from morning sickness. The degree or nausea can vary where the nausea is persistent throughout the whole day without vomiting or it can be the other way around. Continuous vomiting can lead to the mother being hospitalised due to dehydration and needing an intravenous drip in order to maintain body fluids and receive medication such as Maxalon and Zofran.
The possible causes of morning sickness may involve high levels of Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) and oestrogen. Stress and fatigue may also be contributing factors. Pregnant women may be hesitant to take any form of prescribed or over the counter medication. It’s important to talk to your doctor about any question you may have about any medications.
Naturally, digestion moves in a downwards direction. In TCM terms, when our digestion moves downwards it is a harmonious flow of Qi (essential energy) and food. During pregnancy the natural downward flow of Qi in the stomach is interrupted causing the stomach to send its energy in the opposite direction. Here the Qi is rebellious which may lead to symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Acupuncture points are used on the legs and arms to help redirect the movement of your rebellious Qi back in a downwards direction, with the intent to manage the symptoms of nausea and vomiting.
pelvic pain and acupuncture
As a woman’s pregnancy progresses hormones such as Relaxin and the growth of the baby within the womb create a lot of movement and pressure within the pelvic cavity, often causing pain in the sacroiliac joint, pubic symphysis and lumbar region. During the later stages of pregnancy pubic symphysis separates in order to allow easier passage for delivery and in response to the separation inflammation and pain occurs. This pain can lead to difficulties in walking and in extreme cases to the point of needing hospitalisation or analgesics.
Acupuncture can provide pain relief by harmonising the flow of Qi (energy) and blood in the Liver channel. In Chinese medicine, the Liver is said to nourishes the ligaments and tendons between joints and in turn may sooth painful connections within the pelvic cavity during pregnancy.