You may have had a long journey with plenty of medical intervention to get this far. Now is the time to relax, let mother nature do her job and enjoy your swelling belly.
However should any minor pregnancy disorders develop, acupuncture can be a useful remedy.
Schedule: 1 treatment per week, or as needed.
Sinusitis that develops during pregnancy is usually quickly and effectively managed with acupuncture.
Headaches are suffered by some women in the early part of pregnancy, and will in most cases respond quickly to treatment.
Constipation is a common occurrence in early pregnancy but fibre, adequate fluid intake, exercise and acupuncture can all help to resolve it.
Heartburn can occur any time in the pregnancy but especially during the third trimester. Acupuncture and a careful diet will lessen this symptom until such time it resolves when the baby moves lower in the pelvis.
Fatigue or Anaemia: many women notice that acupuncture helps them cope with the fatigue of early pregnancy. Later on, if fatigue persists then acupuncture and moxa combined with dietary measures or iron supplements will improve energy levels.
Persistent nausea or vomiting can be mild or quite debilitating. Acupuncture twice a week will in most cases help to manage these symptoms.
Excess weight gain: overweight women can give birth to overweight babies who are likely to suffer from diabetes and weight problems as they grow up. Diet, exercise and acupuncture will improve metabolism and help weight loss.
Varicose veins in the legs or vulva cause local pain; while acupuncture does not cure these conditions it reduces the associated discomfort.
Haemorrhoids are a common complaint during pregnancy and especially after labour. Acupuncture and diet can help manage these and reduce discomfort.
Depression: Clinical trials show that acupuncture is an effective alternative to antidepressant medication in pregnant women.
Stress and anxiety: stress during pregnancy can have an impact on the baby’s immune system. Acupuncture reduces levels of stress hormones and promotes a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Pain: sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg cramps, rib or pubic bone pain can all cause discomfort that can range from mild to crippling. While most of these symptoms will resolve after delivery, they can usually be managed in the meantime with acupuncture which may be preferable to pain killing medication.
Skin rashes and itching can occur in the final trimester causing distress and lack of sleep. Acupuncture is an effective alternative to steroids and antihistamines.
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