Pregnancy is a very meaningful, important and joyful period for a woman, but it also comes with frequent medical appointments, heightened concern for health, mental strain and a greater sense of physical responsibility. These feelings can become overwhelming for some, and it can be difficult to maintain the balance and energy necessary for having a healthy pregnancy.
Chinese medicine has been restoring mental and physical balance for centuries and can help pregnant women with a variety of pregnancy issues. Acupuncture and certain herbs can treat nausea and vomiting and gestational diabetes, prevent pre-eclampsia, and manage fibroids, fatigue, low back pain, headaches, heartburn and hemorrhoids. Acupuncture also restores mothers' energy after giving birth and alleviates depression, anxiety and many types of post partum pain. It can also treat constipation, repair and tone after the physical trauma of birth and tone the blood, especially if much was lost during the birth process.
Regular treatment throughout pregnancy boosts the health of the mother, prevents complication during pregnancy. Chinese medicine influences baby growth and development as well. Pregnancy is broken down into trimesters in the Oriental medicine model. During the first three months treatment is designed to keep the baby intact and avoid miscarriage. There are also treatments for morning sickness and enhancing healthy appetites to avoid malnutrition. The next three months are the time for tonification and relaxation, preparing the body and mind for labor and monitoring baby growth and development. Treatment during the final months is aimed at avoiding early labor that may occur due to weakness or deficiency in the mother.