In the earliest stages of pregnancy, it’s quite common to experience nausea and vomiting. In fact, one out of every two pregnant women gets morning sickness as her body adjusts to the rush of hormones that comes with being pregnant. Thankfully, for most women, nausea and vomiting usually dissipate after the first trimester.
While there are steps you can take to minimize morning sickness — eating small meals, staying hydrated, keeping crackers on the nightstand — most days, you’ll still wake up and run to the bathroom as nausea overcomes you. How will you make it through these first few months of pregnancy feeling sick every day?
Acupuncture may be the ideal solution to your morning sickness. If you live in the areas of Irvine or Newport Beach, California, the licensed, board-certified acupuncturists at Family Wellness Acupuncture Inc. routinely treat women’s health issues and the side effects of pregnancy with acupuncture. Here’s an overview of how acupuncture may be able to relieve your nausea.
Acupuncture during pregnancy offers relief from nausea and a variety of issues
When you’re pregnant, you may not be able to take any kind of medication to relieve nausea, pain, or even symptoms of a common cold because they may be harmful to you or your baby. However, since acupuncture is a totally natural approach to these issues, you don’t have to worry.
Research shows that acupuncture is effective for relieving nausea associated with morning sickness, and studies show that women who undergo acupuncture during pregnancy have less nausea and dry heaving.
In addition, acupuncture helps relieve back and neck pain, other types of musculoskeletal pain, headaches and migraines, and digestive issues, including acid reflux — all of which are common pregnancy complaints. With acupuncture treatments, you can reduce multiple symptoms at once so you can feel your best every day.
Acupuncture is a safe treatment for you and your baby
Acupuncture is an ancient Eastern medicine healing practice that began in China more than 2,000 years ago. For thousands of years, millions of people all over the world have used acupuncture to relieve pain and other health-related issues. In the capable hands of a licensed acupuncturist, like the ones at Family Wellness Acupuncture Inc., acupuncture is a low-risk health treatment — especially when you compare it to oral medication, which often has side effects.
Acupuncture needles are very thin, are single-use, and we only insert them just below the surface of your skin. There’s almost zero risk of infection in the hands of a trained professional and a sterile environment. That’s good news for both you and your baby.
What to expect with acupuncture for morning sickness
Before we begin your treatment, we make sure we thoroughly understand your medical history, current symptoms, and any medications you usually take.
During your acupuncture session, you may be sitting up, lying down on your back, or resting on your side. Your acupuncturist inserts the needles at specific points on your body to align the energy that runs along pathways, or meridians. You may feel a very tiny prick, but nothing more than that; it’s not painful.
Once all the needles are in position, you typically relax in our office for about 25 minutes. Your acupuncturist customizes your treatment based on your individual needs. After she removes the needles, you can resume your usual daily activities without restrictions.
You may need a few acupuncture appointments to get relief from morning sickness, but how many depends on how severely you have it.
It really is possible to experience pregnancy without morning sickness! For expert acupuncture treatment for morning sickness, as well as for other health issues, including fertility problems, call the office closest to you to schedule an appointment or request an appointment online today.