Potential symptoms during pregnancy:
- nausea and vomiting
- (extreme) abdominal pain
- low back pain and/ or pelvic pain
- sleeping problems
- pregnancy itch
- high blood pressure
- stomach symptoms
- hard belly
- potential miscarriage or a past history of miscarriage
Potential symptoms before and after the delivery:
- upside down position of the baby in the uterus: by the use of moxa between weeks 32 and 34, a baby can turn safely
- preparation for the delivery by preparing the body for the task it faces
- (postnatal) depression
- breast inflammation
- lactation problems
Pregnancy is a special time, during which much happens in the body. Not only physically, a lot changes due to the changed hormones and women often feel more vulnerable and less stable. Symptoms can appear which limit enjoyment. As most women do not want or are not allowed to use medication, acupuncture is a good solution to help with or to alleviate symptoms.
Childbirth is one of the most impactful and fantastic events in life for all those involved. Especially for the mother, this is energetically and emotionally a very intense event. It asks much of her power and energy to deliver a child and then to feed and to raise it. Mainly the first days can be energetically exhausting. After an intense power effort and much blood loss during and after the birth, follows an insufficient night’s sleep, the start of lactation and numerous other care activities which require much energy. All of this contributes to the mother often being physically very tired. Also at the emotional and the psychological level, the mother experiences many changes. And next to the hormonal swings, motherhood requires many adaptations both with regards to organization and psychologically. This can make her sometimes feel lonely and isolated.
Depending on the person, it can take several days or even months, before a mother is physically restored and she finds a new emotional and psychological balance.
Postnatal conditions and symptoms
The most common physical symptoms shortly after delivery are fatigue or energetic exhaustion, blood loss, muscle weakness or muscle pain, pain (at the level of the scar after a Caesarean section or the cutting of the perineum), diminished concentration, problems with milk production or lactation…
It is important to pay attention to these signals and to respond to them as soon as possible. Symptoms lasting too long act on the general health and the mood of the mother. A sufficient amount of rest, a safe surrounding and supportive care, healthy and varied nutrition can compensate for the energy loss. For a mother, it is expected on average that by six weeks after the birth of the child she will be healed. After a delicate delivery, the recovery can be slow or sometimes complications can occur. The following physical symptoms are not rare: urinary problems, a lack of milk production, continuing pains at the level of the perineum, overweight, hemorrhoids….
Sometimes a mother does not feel well emotionally after the delivery. The intense fatigue combined with other psychological and social factors are sometimes the trigger for the “baby blues”, or worse , a postnatal depression.
How could acupuncture help after the delivery?
An acupuncturist listens to the patient’s story to make an individual customized assessment. According to the vision of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupuncture will help restore the person’s energetic balance as ideally as possible. Acupuncture accelerates and enhances the recovery process after a delivery by acting on the physical, emotional and psychological levels, through which the patient’s general wellbeing will be enlarged. This is how acupuncture has a improving effect on lack of energy or long-term fatigue. Thanks to the treatment of several specific acupuncture points the body will function better and the energy will be more optimally produced or will be reinforced.
Moreover, acupuncture is useful for scar tissue to let it heal after Caesarean surgery, to stimulate milk production, to treat haemorrhoids, to remove urinary problems or to treat pain symptoms. Acupuncture will also have a supportive and healing effect on emotional problems such as postnatal depression. By removing the energy blockades in the body, the body energy (Qi) can circulate freely again and the body and mind can recover. Unnecessary postnatal symptoms can be prevented by this.