Morning sickness is nausea that occurs during the first trimester of pregnancy. The effect can be minor to severe, depending on the wellbeing and the circumstances of the pregnant women. Some of women actually experience throughout their pregnancy, but this rarely happens.
Morning sickness normally begins around week four of pregnancy and stops in week twelve or fourteen. However, some women may experience morning sickness until week twenty. The complaints of constant nausea can be troublesome, especially for working mother. Some can occasionally vomit food or phlegm and others will vomit excessively, resulting in dehydration and lack of nourishments.
Risks of morning sickness
It is important to treat morning sickness, because it could lead to a variety of risks. The risks of morning sickness include:
- Malnutrition of the baby and pregnant women
- Severe morning sickness could lead to hyperemesis gravidarum ( 1% in all pregnancies); which could lead to hospitalization.
- Weight loss; which could impact the baby
- Low blood potassium
According to research, there are 75% of women who experience morning sickness. This has to be treated properly, as it could lead to miscarriages due to lack of nutrients, electrolytes and fluids.
It is strongly recommended that pregnant women have acupuncture treatments at least once a week to reduce or even eliminate morning sickness. It is best to combine acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine prescribed by professional acupuncturist.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine
An Australian study by Smith, Crowther & Beilby found that acupuncture can treat women who experience with nausea and dry retching in the early stage of their pregnancies effectively. It is even better if combine with Chinese Herbal Medicine to give nourishment to the blood and automatically will affect the wellbeing of both the mother and the unborn baby.
It is recommended to visit a professional acupuncture that is specialised in gynaecology and have a long history of treating patients with morning sickness or fertility issues.
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