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Acupuncture in pregnancy

Many women are reluctant to take drugs during their pregnancy and are looking for safe alternatives. Common ailments associated with pregnancy are hard to alleviate with conventional medicine, but can be treated effectively with a combination of natural therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy; acupuncture in particular, can help with:
nausea, morning sickness, fatigue, stress, anxiety, constipation, heartburns, digestive problems etc.
Acupuncture is also used frequently to prevent miscarriage
During 9 month of pregnancy, there are many common complaints that you may experience, which can make life more uncomfortable than it needs to be. Regular sessions of acupuncture can help to minimise many of these, particularly:
backache and sciatica, pelvic pain,constipation and haemorrhoids, headaches, migraines, depression, anxiety, heartburn, indigestion
Acupuncture has a valuable role to play in the final stage of pregnancy as well. In particular, it can help with:
lower back pain,and sciatica or piriformis syndrome, pubic pain, pelvic pain, pressure on the bladder, haemorrhoids,breech presentation babies, exhaustion.
Acupuncture is often used as a first method of induction of labour
Other conditions that may occur during pregnancy:

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The extra fluid circulating in the pregnant woman can cause a compression of the median nerve in the wrist resulting in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome; other than wearing a wrist brace there is no conventional medical treatment except surgery for this condition. Since it will resolve after delivery, acupuncture is an ideal temporary treatment for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome during the pregnancy.
 
Rhinitis of pregnancy
Most pregnant women experience significant nasal congestion during their pregnancy, this is is a hormonal side effect. Most decongestant medications are contraindicated during a pregnancy, this is a condition for which acupuncture, often combined with homeopathy is very effective.
 
In the early stage of pregnancy, I like to do an acupuncture treatment once a week, until at least week 10, and a couple more treatment after that, at week 12, and week 14; after that, one treatment a month is sufficient until week 36, when weekly treatments are again much needed to alleviate the various discomforts associated with the late stage of a pregnancy, and as a preparation of a healthy childbirth.
I have two children, born naturally and healthy, I used acupuncture before and during childbirth, my second child was born at home, both birth had no complications, the mother made a quick recovery.
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A number of important minerals are essential to prevent birth abnormalities,
among them are:
Manganese
In tests, mothers who gave birth to babies with congenital malformations were
found to have very low levels of manganese, as did their babies (Saner et al 1985).
The best food sources are: nuts, green leafy vegetables, peas, beets, egg yolks and
wholegrains.
Zinc
Zinc deficiency is linked to low birthweight, still births and male infertility, and to
diffi cult births and poor weight gain in newborns. Zinc is probably the most important
supplement to take in preparation for pregnancy (Caldwell 1969, Crawford &
Connor 1975, Pfeiffer 1978); 15–20 mg a day should be adequate.
Zinc absorption is helped by vitamin B6 and by eating oranges (the citric acid
increases absorption). Too much iron, on the other hand, depletes zinc. So does
copper.
Good dietary sources for zinc are: meat, fi sh and shellfi sh, particularly oyster,
sesame seeds, sunfl ower seeds, pumpkin seeds, almonds and other nuts, wheat
and oat germ, sprouted seeds, ginger, fruit, leafy vegetables and watercress.
It is better to start supplementing zinc before conception – but it is never too late
to start.
Folic acid
Folic acid deficiency has been linked to defects such as spina bifida, a condition
where the spinal cord does not develop properly. Mothers who supplement folic
acid and vitamin B12 before conception and during the first 3 months of pregnancy
have a lower incidence of neural tube defects. A survey of 23 000 women found
that those who supplemented their diet in the first 6 weeks of pregnancy had a
75% lower incidence of neural tube defects than those who did not (DOH 1992).
Folic acid in food is destroyed by sunlight, heat and an acid environment, and the
use of antibiotics also leads to deficiency. Supplementation of 400
μg a day is
recommended from before conception up until the end of the fi rst trimester (DOH
1992, Smithells 1983). This can be obtained on prescription but unless a woman
qualifi es for free prescriptions, it may be cheaper to buy it at a supermarket or
pharmacy. Good food sources include: green leafy vegetables, brewer’s yeast,
wholegrains, wheatgerm, milk, salmon, root vegetables and nuts