Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Nausea and vomiting
Morning sickness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, although not all women experience it. It can range from mild nausea to severe and frequent vomiting. It usually only lasts in the first trimester, but can extend throughout the pregnancy, and is not necessarily confined to just occurring in the morning.
From a Western standpoint, the exact cause of morning sickness is unclear, however, it is thought to be possibly a result of the effect of the hormones of pregnancy on the digestive system, fluctuations in blood pressure, or a change in carbohydrate metabolism that occurs when pregnant.
Chinese theory indicates that morning sickness is closely related to the digestive health of the mother prior to falling pregnant. It is seen as a relative imbalance of Qi and Blood in the channels of the body that affect the proper movement of food downward, resulting in the energy of the Stomach rebelling upwards, causing reflux or vomiting.
Painful joints and muscles
As a pregnancy progresses, a certain amount of movement is required in the joints of the pregnant mother to make room for a larger baby and to prepare for labour. As the hormone ‘relaxin’ is released by the ovaries and placenta, it relaxes the ligaments of the pelvis and can also loosen up the ligaments of other joints in the body. This creates tension in the tendons and muscles that support the joints as the ligaments loosen up, resulting in muscular pain, typically of the lower and upper back, neck, and hip joints.
At the Maitland Wellness Centre, our acupuncturists and massage therapists are trained in pregnancy acupuncture and massage and are happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding treatment in this very important time.