Pregnancy Care with Chinese Medicine
Pregnancy is both an exciting and anxiety-provoking experience for a couple. When pregnant, a woman goes through dramatic physical and emotional changes. By understanding and preparing her body for these changes and acquiring the know-how to optimize her own health and that of the fetus, a woman can experience her pregnancy in a meaningful and enjoyable way. There are various factors that determine whether a woman is going to have an easy or difficult pregnancy. It begins with genetics. By looking back at her mother’s pregnancy experience and history, we can get some idea of how it will be for the mother-to-be. Lifestyle and diet factors can also play a role. Stressful and unhealthy living habits such as abuse of alcohol, smoking, caffeine and sugar may also affect the pregnancy experience. A difficult first pregnancy, especially with nausea and vomiting, will most likely result in a difficult subsequent pregnancy.
For centuries, Chinese medicine has been used to relieve many symptoms and complications during pregnancy:
- nausea and vomiting
- gestational diabetes
- prevention of pre-eclampsia
- management of fibroids
- low back pain
- low fetal weight
- prevention of miscarriage
Whether you are considering pregnancy or are currently pregnant, talk to your acupuncturist at Tao of Wellness about making the experience a healthful one for you and your baby. Chinese medicine can be an effective and safe tool for the successful management of various pregnancy symptoms with absence of side effects to the mother and the fetus.