Potential Miscarriage – If you experience spotting or premature rupture of membranes, acupuncture and moxibustion treatments may possibly prevent loss. Moxibustion after acupuncture and in-home visits is especially recommended. Make sure to contact us at the first signs of a potential miscarriage.
Nausea & Vomiting – Although nausea can occur at anytime during pregnancy, weeks 8-12 can be the most challenging. Some expectant moms experience “morning sickness” at all hours of the day and night. Recommended course of treatment is twice weekly until symptoms subside (usually requires 3-4 treatments).
Back & Pelvic Pain – As pregnancy progresses, mom’s weight must increase—along with her belly size. The rapid growth and extra weight puts strain on the muscles of the back and pelvis.
Low Iron Levels – Your baby is using and storing iron in-utero, which makes gestational anemia quite common. Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary recommendations can do wonders to support maternal iron levels.
Fatigue – You may feel tired as your body works to grow a baby. From hormonal changes to difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position, exhaustion is a normal part of pregnancy. Many moms find that an acu-moxa boost can really help to energize them.
Swelling – Some women experience mild to extreme swelling in the hands, feet, and face. Especially later in pregnancy, this can be very uncomfortable. Regular acupuncture treatments and moxibustion can reduce swelling and associated discomfort.
Breech Baby – It’s normal for baby to move around in the womb. Moxibustion, in conjunction with a several acupuncture points, can support the baby in turning to a more favorable position. Mom goes home with moxibustion sticks so she can continue the course of treatment by warming specific acupuncture points for 20 minutes a day, for 10 consecutive days. These days most doctors and hospitals do not deliver breech babies vaginally and a Cesarean section is scheduled. At PUSH San Diego, we can help your baby turn so you can have the birth you planned. Other resources to shift a malpositioned baby are discussed at www.spinningbabies.com.
- The natural release of prostaglandins for cervical ripening.
- Loosening of ligaments through release of the hormone relaxin.
- Oxytocin release for triggering surges, and helping mom feel loved and relaxed.
- Reduce anxiety, boost energy.
- Maintain healthy blood pressure.
- Shorten the duration of active labor when the time comes.
- Reduce the need of medical interventions, such as pain medicine.
- Dramatically reduces the chance of needing a pharmacological induction.