Are you one of the 80% of women who experience morning sickness?
Sadly, the early months of pregnancy often do not leave you feeling 'blooming'. In fact, in the first trimester women often suffer from bloating, constipation and the hormonal changes can leave you feeling utterly exhausted.
Morning sickness can knock some women for six. I have patients who had to get up early to allow time to be sick before work and the nausea triggered by certain smells is overwhelming. And it's not just in the morning, it can go on all day and make even the smallest tasks hard work.
It might make you feel better to know that the sickness is actually the result of the high levels of pregnancy hormones required to sustain a pregnancy. And one theory is that your increased sense of smell and nausea is a protective measure. This makes you less likely to expose yourself to something that's unsafe to eat or harmful toxins.
That's all very well but you still don't want to feel sick!
Luckily acupuncture can offer relief. Recent research shows that:
96.7% of women who had acupuncture showed significant improvement in their sickness.
90% of women who had acupuncture using a well-known anti-nausea point (Pericardium) 6 had relief.
20 minutes of acupuncture a week "made remarkable improvements"
You can read the studies in more detail here and here.
Acupuncture for morning sickness works to strengthen and calm the stomach and reduce anxiety. Women are also offered small 'press seeds' taped to certain acupuncture points so that they can continue acupressure treatment themselves at home.
As with all things, I recommend you always keep in touch with your GP but do give acupuncture a try - it is becoming more and more popular in the UK as a proven, respected and cost-effective way to get better naturally.