Pregnancy and Postpartum
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been treating reproductive health for more than 3000 years. It was initially used to regulate menstrual cycles and prevent miscarriage. Today in many European countries, Australia and New Zealand, TCM is provided as a regular part of prenatal care as well as adjunct care during pregnancy and postpartum.
Pregnancy and postpartum are considered major transitions in a women’s life. TCM views these times as an opportunity to enhance a woman’s health. During pregnancy, a woman’s body is taxed as she supports herself and her growing fetus. Her body is changing daily and she may experience issues both physically and emotionally that she has never experienced before.
During pregnancy, TCM can help:
- Prevent miscarriage
- Reduce nausea and vomiting
- Decrease the need for medications such as cold, flu, or pain medications
- Reduce headaches, lower back pain, pelvic pain and sciatica
- Avoid preterm labor
- Breech presentation (most successful at 34-35 weeks)
- Labor preparation
- Induce labor in post date pregnancies (on recommendation of the OB or midwife)
Our patients choose weekly visits to help them adjust to the physical, emotional, and hormonal changes their bodies are going through.
Patients are seen monthly; since this is typically a more stable time during the pregnancy.
We recommend patients visit weekly to prepare for labor. This preparation enhances cervical ripening and reduces time between the due date and delivery. It can also reduce the incidence of induction and c-section and can decrease the length of time in labor. If a breech presentation is discovered, then receiving treatment from week 34 on has proven to be 70% successful!
The four months postpartum is another time when it is critical to focus on a mother’s health. In the United States, where no particular post partum guidelines exist, women with children often experience thyroid problems or other endocrine imbalances, menstrual irregularities, trouble losing weight, sleep issues, depression, or chronic fatigue. In order to rebuild a woman’s health and prevent future health conditions, women have been turning to the natural support of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.
We encourage our patients to return to acupuncture visits as soon as they feel comfortable leaving the house. They are welcomed and encouraged to bring their infants with them to the treatment session.
TCM can help postpartum women by:
- Enhancing lactation
- Rebuilding energy
- Preventing insomnia
- Regulating hormones
- Relieving pain and promoting healing of episiotomies, tearing and hemorrhoids
- Prevent scar tissue from c-sections
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