Morning sickness is different woman to woman- for some it is a severe nausea complete with vomiting while for others it may only be a background headache. But one thing is agreed- it is always uncomfortable and it is certainly not limited to the morning time. Your body is changing rapidly and morning sickness is a reflection of it trying to adapt; the first step to relieving the discomfort of morning sickness is therefore to relax. Getting pissed off at morning sickness has never helped anyone! If your morning sickness is moving past manageable, consider using acupuncture to relieve the symptoms and mitigate the discomfort.
Looking at it from the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine, pregnancy causes an enormous amount of energy change and realignment during the consecutive trimesters; morning sickness is seen as a natural endpoint for this energy change and thus acupuncture is designed to realign energy pathways and return the body to balance. From a Western medicine, acupuncture needling has been shown in various clinical studies to directly reduce the amount of nausea a woman is experiencing, as well as addressing headache pain. The treatment is considered entirely safe for mother and fetus, with very few side effects reported throughout the many studies.
If you are worried about the effects of medication on you and your fetus, it is worth considering alternative, natural solutions for the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy. Acupuncture is a forerunner in this type of conservative natal care- with a growing level of support from clinical trials, more and more women are turning to acupuncture to help them overcome the myriad discomforts of pregnancy. If you are interested in adding acupuncture into your pregnancy care regime, give our office in Park Slope a call to schedule an appointment today.