Morning Sickness



An Australian study by Smith, Crowther & Beilby found that acupuncture can help women who experience nausea and dry retching in the early stage of their pregnancies effectively. It is even better if combined with Chinese Herbal Medicine to give nourishment to the blood and automatically will affect the well-being of both the mother and the unborn baby.

It is recommended to visit a professional acupuncturist who has interest in gynaecology and have a long history of taking patients with acupuncture pregnancy morning sickness, pregnancy anxiety and deperession or fertility issues (Source:

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 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 nourishment.

Research has shown that Acupuncture is a natural way of reducing morning sickness in pregnant women.(Source:

It is recommended that pregnant women have acupuncture therapy at least once a week or twice a week to manage morning sickness. It is best to combine acupuncture with Chinese Herbal Medicine prescribed by a professional acupuncturist.

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
  • Miscarriages
  • Severe morning sickness could lead to hyperemesis gravidarum ( 1% in all pregnancies); which could lead to hospitalization.
  • Weight loss; which could impact the baby
  • Dehydration
  • 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.

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