PREGNANCY & PRE-NATAL CARE
Throughout pregnancy, acupuncture is an ideal form of support and treatment. It allows women to benefit from drug-free relief for various symptoms that can be experienced throughout pregnancy and childbirth.
Acupuncture is safe in pregnancy although should be practiced by a registered Acupuncturist due to points that are contraindicated in pregnancy.
Symptoms that may be treated in normal pregnancy include:
- Morning sickness/ Nausea.
- Back ache
- Symphysis Pubic pain
- Heart burn and reflux
- Stress relief
IDEAL TREATMENT: Weekly until 12 weeks, then as needed up until 36 weeks (labour preparation – see below)
Miscarriage occurs in approximately 1 in 4 of all pregnancies. From a Traditional Chinese Medicine, perspective miscarriage can have the same physical repercussions that birth has but with the added emotional aspects of grief and loss.
Acupuncture treatment and Chinese Herbal Medicine can be used to support the mind and body during this time as well as prepare the body to begin trying to conceive again.
A threatened miscarriage is bleeding in the early stages of pregnancy. Acupuncture can be used to support the mother during this time.
THREATENED MISCARRIAGE  https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3342918/
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