Pregnant women and nursing mothers are advised not to take medications. Nevertheless, they suffer pain and illness just like the rest of us! Traditional Chinese medicine offers a natural solutions to resolve typical health issues from allergies and common colds to more serious chronic health conditions. ASK Acupuncture supports women before and during pregnancy, after childbirth, through the maternity life cycle, and through the perimenopause and menopause life transitions. Infertility treatment is also available.
Pregnant women and nursing mothers have unique health care needs that can’t always be addressed using typical medications or supplements. Traditional Chinese medicine offers relief through acupuncture and herbal medicine from common symptoms associated with pregnancy and nursing without resorting to substances that may harm embryos or nursing babies.
Pregnancy and Traditional Chinese Medicine
Prenatal or pre-birth acupuncture has been found to reduce mean labor time, decrease the need for intervention, and affect the sleep cycles and cortisol levels of the baby. The good work the pregnant mothers do now to rest, honor their needs, and address any emotions and fears surrounding the birth will pay off in dividends later. We now know that our choices and the environment a child is exposed to before birth sets the genetic markers for the rest of their life.
Maternity: Acupuncture for Postpartum
The 12-16 months following birth when a woman is considered postpartum is also an important time. This is when we focus on balancing emotions, hair loss, fatigue, stress and rebuilding the energy, critical to the health of the mother, the baby, and the whole family. If the new mother is not treated properly at this time, there may be a risk of secondary infertility. Abigail offers a needle-free self-care postpartum kit to support new mothers.
Acupuncture for Infertility
Fertility support without medication is a significant area for Chinese Medicine that is being adopted by the mainstream. Natural pregnancies, IUI, and IVF treatments have specific acupuncture protocols. The experienced acupuncturist makes adjustments for each unique woman’s constitution. A diligent combination of acupuncture and herbs has been proven to increase pregnancy rates.
Acupuncture for Menopause
Menopause refers to a specific point one year after a person’s last menstrual cycle. Menopausal symptoms can occur up to ten years earlier, during perimenopause, beginning usually in person’s 40s or even before. Women experience many physical and emotional changes during this life transition and acupuncture can provide continuous support during menopause and perimenopause, helping balance hormone levels.
According to a recent study, acupuncture has a significant positive effect on hot flash interference, sleep, somatic and memory symptoms, and anxiety. The benefits from acupuncture for menopause in this study were maintained six months after the end of treatment. Another Danish study found that five weeks of acupuncture in women with menopausal symptoms reduced night sweats, hot flushes, sleep disturbances and emotional problems.
Breastfeeding Support with Acupuncture or Chinese Herbal Medicine
For some mothers breastfeeding comes easily, but for others it can be very stressful. According to Chinese Medicine insufficient lactation responds well to acupuncture and herbal medicine. If preserving the breastfeeding relationship is important to you and you are struggling, please give Abigail a call! She has lots of good tips and resources for increasing low milk supply, freeing blocked ducts, and treating mastitis naturally. Abigail offers Topical Mastitis Ointment Kit for nursing mothers.
Pregnancy: Prenatal Conditions
- Morning sickness
- Acid reflux
- Body pain
- Weight bearing strategies
- Body nourishing
Maternity: Postnatal (Perinatal) Conditions
- Rebuilding energy
- Wrist and neck pain
- Milk supply
- Milk flow
- Nourishing body
- Learn to help your baby sleep
General Maternity Issues
- Supporting general maternal health conditions, while avoiding medications
- Chinese herbal medicine for women’s health
- Fertility support
Contact Abigail Ballaban
Contact Abigail at (503) 389-8938 for more information on how maternal health treatment can help your specific condition. Visit Abigail’s blog to read the articles she curated for clients on maternal health, menopause, and women’s health.