Acupuncture for Pregnancy related conditions
Acupuncture for Pregnancy
Having a baby can be one of the most exciting things.
Pregnancy not only causes a lot of physical changes,
it bring a wide range of emotions from happiness to anxiety.
Acupuncture is becoming popular to help with pregnancy-related symptoms.
Acupuncture Evidence Project lists some related conditions that have moderate evidence supporting the effectiveness.
Please contact Chiemi if you have any concerns that you would like help with.
- Acute low back pain
- Back or pelvic pain
- Hypertension (with medication)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Labour pain
Please find a registered acupuncturist. Non-registered practitioners who use "dry needling" may not understand how to use needles safely for pregnant women. Registered acupuncturists use many different techniques and these may be required for safety as well as to gain the best results.
Western medical information for morning sickness
Nausea and vomiting during pregnancy is generally called "morning sickness". It is said to occur in about one half of all pregnancies,
usually between 6 weeks and 16 weeks.
There are a number of theories as to why nausea occurs in pregnangy:
- Hormone levels. Rapid increase of hCG and oestrogen may contribute to the nausea to occur.
- The brain stem respond to the hormones that influences the levels of nausea and vomiting.
- Fatigue and stress. It is thought to increase the symptoms if she is stressed and fatigued prior to becoming pregnant.
Antiemetic medication that is considered to be safe for pregnancy may be offered and admission to hospital for intravenous fluids will be an option if the woman becomes too dehydrated.
TCM view point for morning sickness
After the conception occered, the Penetrating vessel changes dramatically as menstruation stops.
And the blood and essence of the Penetrating vessel are now required to nourish the foetus.
The Penetrating vessel is close relationship with the uterus and the Stomach channel, and disorder of the Penetrating vessel can lead to rebellious qi which interferes with the descending action of Stomach, leading to nausea and vomiting.
Below are some of the patterns of disharmony that are often seen in the practice.
- Stomach qi deficienty
- Stomach defency cold
- Spleen qi deficiency
- Liver qi stagnation invading the Spleen
- Stomach heat
- Accumulation of phlegm
Western medical information for musculoskeletal conditions
There are a lot of musculoskeletal conditions during pregnancy such as sciatica, leg, hip, pelvic and back pain
that are considered as "normal" conditions for pregnant woman.
Musculoskeletal problems are often present due to the hormonal effects of progesterone on the ligaments.
As the pregnancy progress these conditions become more prevalent. Weight gain also affect the musculoskeletal conditions.
Pressure on the limited physical space also bring on the specific problems.
Western medical treatment usually involves physiotherapy and specific exercises. If it is severe, bed rest in hospital, medication or a medical induction may be considered.
TCM view point for musculoskeletal conditions
Musculoskeletal pain is seen as a stagnation of qi or blood in the channels passing through a specific area.
This also arise from invasion of pathogenic factors such as wind, cold and heat, overuse, trauma or from internal organ disharmony
(such as Kidney deficiency and Liver qi stagnation).
The etiology is often mixed in practice.