State of Grace

ACUPUNCTURE * CHINESE HERBAL MEDICINE * STRUCTURAL INTEGRATION

State of Grace

During Pregnancy

Thank you so very much for being so amazing throughout pregnancy and labour. You have been an angel. We are all so grateful’.
N.H. London

‘Hello dear Tyler. I just wanted to thank you for helping me with the bloody headaches, after the last session we did they improved a lot and I spent the last 3 months of pregnancy without any huge issues. Should we need help at some stages, I would love to be treated by you again in the future….and by the way can babies receive acupuncture treatments too? At what age? You never know….I attach a picture of the little beauty. Thanks again for helping me, supporting me and for being always available even at short notice! Lots of love’ Zara, London. Severe morning sickness and migraine headaches in pregnancy.

dreamstime_11541368Acupuncture is a very effective and safe therapy to help you cope with the discomforts of pregnancy and it is also recommended at particular phases to nourish optimal health, or can help relieve many complaints, often difficult to treat with Western Medicine.

It is able to:

  • Provide relief from the postural changes that occur as the pregnancy progresses.
  • Provide relief from the discomforts and musculoskeletal demands of pregnancy without medication.
  • Nourish the foundations to support the long term physical and emotional health of the mother and baby.
  • Provide an environment of relaxation and a safe place to talk over fears and concerns.
  • Help promote sleep and eases fatigue
  • Stabilise hormone levels.

In addition, bodywork can treat breathing difficulties and rib pain by treating the rib cage, as well as being an integral part of treatment given for other musculoskeletal pain, aching
legs, leg cramps and fluid retention, sinus problems, headaches and carpal tunnel.

Treatment can be used throughout all 3 trimesters to help ease a variety of conditions including:

  • Back pain and sciatica
  • Rib pain
  • SPD – symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • Morning sickness (nausea, dry retching and vomiting)
  • Anaemia
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Anxiety, stress
  • Constipation, heartburn, acid reflux, haemorrhoids, vulval varices
  • Loss of appetite, food cravings, bitter taste.
  • Mood swings, depression
  • Insomnia and poor sleep
  • Tiredness, exhaustion, lethargy, fatigue
  • Cystitis
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Swollen legs, feet and hands
  • Varicose veins
  • Headaches
  • Muscular and joint pain
  • Sinus problems
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Small for Date Babies
  • Thrush
  • Rashes, itching
  • Night sweats

The 1st Trimester (weeks 0-12)

Morning sickness

Acupuncture is often effective in reducing the severity and incidence of nausea, dry retching and vomiting during pregnancy. Research shows that women receiving traditional acupuncture experienced faster relief when compared to those receiving ‘sham’ acupuncture. The successful pregnancy outcomes for these women were also evaluated, concluding that acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who have morning sickness in early pregnancy (a).

(read more http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/Research-morningsickness.aspx)

Fatigue

Acupuncture can also help the newly pregnant women to adjust to the pregnancy and allow herself to rest and nourish herself. The growing foetus and placenta demands a huge amount of energy and the fatigue of early pregnancy is designed to force the mother to slow down.

Anxiety

The 1st trimester is also a very nervous stage: many women are afraid to reveal the pregnancy and worry throughout this time and can feel emotionally isolated as a result. Anxiety in the 1st Trimester is very common and, in Chinese Medicine, is counterproductive to the health of the developing baby. Acupuncture balances the emotions and also provides a space for talking about concerns and exploring the bond with the baby that you are beginning to feel but are too fearful to enjoy.

History of Miscarriage/IVF pregnancies

For women with a history of miscarriage or who conceived through assisted means, acupuncture treatments help the foetus to firmly implant in the uterine wall and maintain a good uterine lining. Weekly acupuncture is recommended in this instance.

Inter-Trimester or ‘Happy Baby’ Treatments

In addition to treating pregnancy related discomforts, TCM offers preventive and supportive measures for mother and baby during and after pregnancy. Inter-trimester treatments or “happy baby” treatments promote the health of the unborn baby as it develops and fortify the mother’s energy and blood, so supporting her recovery and foetal growth in the next trimester. The treatments are given at 12, 24 and 36 weeks of pregnancy, important transition times for development.

High Risk Pregnancies and Bedrest

You can be visited in your home or hospital room to relieve conditions like preeclampsia, placenta previa, and SPD.

From week 36 weekly Pre-birth Treatments are recommended to prepare for childbirth.

(a) Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Acupuncture to treat neasea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomised trial. Birth.2002 Mar:29 (1):1-9
Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J Pregnancy outcome following women’s participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Complement Ther Med. 2002 Jun; 10(2):78-83.