A woman’s body during pregnancy
In today’s society, many women expect their pregnancy to be hard work. They expect to feel sick, they expect for their energy levels to drop, and they expect that they will be uncomfortable.
In Chinese medicine, pregnancy is seen as a time of great change in the workings of the internal mechanics of a woman’s body. How the energy flow through the body is affected, and how the relationship between the blood and qi changes, offer the possibility of great and positive change to the woman’s health. At this time, a woman’s health can be either strengthened or weakened. Conditions such as asthma, skin irritations and migraines, for example, are often much improved throughout a woman’s pregnancy.
Throughout the pregnancy, the foetus draws on the strength of the woman and on the energies of the mother’s body, which is what the woman’s body is designed for. For some women, this process can strengthen and stimulate her body, making pregnancy one of the healthiest and happiest times of her life. For others, underlying deficiencies and imbalances may mean that, as it provides for the nourishment and growth of the foetus, the body becomes weakened and suffers from a combination of pregnancy-related issues. These issues, however, are not a lost cause…
A positive outlook on pregnancy
For those conditions and ailments that affect women throughout this time, acupuncture provides a real option for treatment, because it looks at the changes occurring in the woman’s body and aims to improve the functions of the body which are needed to support these changes.
Some of the more common issues during pregnancy that acupuncture is useful in treating are listed below.
Common conditions treated during pregnancy
- Nausea and vomiting
- Varicose veins
- Musculoskeletal pain
- Breech and posterior presentation
- Itchiness and rashes