Did you know women treated with Chinese medicine during their trimester have reported minimal physical and emotional symptoms, and reduced labor time.
It has been reported by many mothers-to-be that acupuncture effectively relieved many symptoms such as, fatigue, anxiety, depression, lack of sleep, back pain, nausea, and heartburn.
Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you to obtain a optimal natural health during pregnancy without the use of harmful medications.
For a healthy pregnancy, regular acupuncture balancing treatments once a week or every other week throughout your pregnancy can enhance your baby’s health as well as your health and prevent complications.
During pregnancy, acupuncture can support and relief these common trimester symptoms:
- 1st trimester: Increase the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. Alleviate and prevent morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.
- 2nd trimester: Create balance and relief from common complains by alleviating and preventing heartburn, hemorrhoids, stress, sleep problems, edema, elevated blood pressure and weight gain.
- 3rd trimester: Preparing the body for labor and delivery. Alleviate and prevent sciatica, hip, joint, pubic and back pain.
One study concluded that performing specific acupuncture points and techniques where very useful for turning breech babies and a relatively effective, simple and inexpensive method. The treatment involves a technique called moxibustion, the application of heat from the herb mugwort to a point on the little toe for 5 to 10 minutes on each.
If your posted due date has passed, acupuncture may also assist in inducing labor through a gentler approach than Western labor inducing medications and treatments. And even help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.
Pre-Birth Acupuncture Treatments
Traditional Chinese medicine has advocated for centuries that women modify their lifestyle throughout pregnancy, to ensure healthy babies and efficient births. This has involved advice on regulating physical activity, following dietary guidelines and maintaining a calm emotional state.
Pre-birth acupuncture during the final weeks of pregnancy is routinely practiced as an ideal method to help women prepare themselves to have the most efficient labor possible.
Pre-birth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects that go beyond reducing the time spent in labor, with midwives reporting a reduced rate of medical intervention.
In the present day, Traditional Chinese Medicine continues to promote the importance of optimal conditions during pregnancy, and the preparation of an efficient birth, with the emphasis on a women’s Qi and blood prior to delivery (“if the Qi is correct and if the blood is circulating well labor is described as harmonious”4).
Acupuncture sessions prior to labor provide an ideal opportunity to ensure that the Qi and blood, the five emotions and the organs are all in harmony.
Research1 has demonstrated that the duration of labor in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours and 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of 70 women who had received pre-birth acupuncture.
Pre-birth acupuncture treatments are used in two main ways in the later stages of pregnancy.
Firstly, specific pre-birth treatments, in the form of a standard set of points, and help to prepare a woman’s body for birth, with an emphasis on preparing the cervix and pelvis for labor.
Secondly, pre-birth treatment are also given to deal with medical conditions such as pregnancy induced hypertension, diabetes, and symptoms such as heartburn, hemorrhoids, and more.
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Acupuncture and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), provide a gentle, safe and effective way to care and nurture your health – and that of your baby throughout the challenges of pregnancy and beyond.
If you are pregnant and would like to see if acupuncture is right for you, send us an email or call us at (305) 306-4150. We will refer you to a licensed acupuncturists who will answer your questions and discuss your concerns. Thank you for visiting MiamiAcupunctureClinic.com.
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