“Can I do anything to relieve morning sickness?”
“What treatments are there for morning sickness?”
“How do I get rid of morning sickness?”
These are common questions asked by pregnant women. The trouble is, most of the time there aren’t too many people to ask because morning sickness – nausea and vomiting in pregnancy – is usually at its most intense during the first trimester. This is the time when many parents choose to keep their pregancy a secret, until they pass this vulnerable phase.
Some acupuncture points have been studied a lot due to their anti-nausea effects. This has led to high-level recommendations for anti-nausea acupuncture treatments, for example as chemotherapy support.
In pregnancy, Chinese medicine recognises that the body is in an altered state. Your interconnected body systems that were producing menses every month now need to shift into a different state during your pregnancy. And then shift again into making milk after your baby is born.
Chinese medicine looks at how this shift is happening, discovering if there are areas of blockage or weakness that may be leading to irregular flow of resources and dysregulated body functions.
This means that acupuncture for morning sickness is individualised, rather than using generic “anti-nausea” acupuncture points. We can also assess whether changes in diet or lifestyle factors may help your body to adjust to pregnancy.
You can receive acupuncture treatment for morning sickness at any time during your pregnancy. There is no need to wait until a certain number of weeks have passed. Your acupuncturist will vary the treatment according to your body’s condition, length of gestation and so on.
Usually once or twice a week during the first trimester is enough for most cases of morning sickness. The most common experience is that symptoms start at around 8 weeks, and ease at around 13 weeks, peaking in intensity at about 10 weeks. Some women may experience nausea and vomiting for a longer period of time.
Some women experience severe nausea and vomiting, often requiring hospitalisation for treatment and fluid replacement (a condition called hyperemesis gravidarum). In these cases, acupuncture is seen as supportive therapy to Western medicine management.
Book now to begin your treatments – we look forward to helping you feel better and flourish in your pregnancy!