Morning Sickness is the nauseated feeling experienced by pregnant women. It
usually affects pregnant women in their first trimester, between the 5th and
12th week of gestation, though there are women who experience it throughout
their pregnancy. Though it can occur any time of the day it usually appears
in the morning upon awakening when the blood sugar is at its lowest level.
Though the exact cause is unclear there are a number of theories as to
possible reasons. One theory lays the blame on increased levels of estrogen
and progesterone or human gonadotropin, while another cites the low sugar
level, and yet another speculates that it might be the increased sensitivity
to odors. There are those who posit that the cause of nausea is the body’s
attempt to detoxify thoroughly optimizing the environment of the unborn
child. This theory is further sustained by evidence of increased activity of
the mother’s liver and kidney at the start of the pregnancy.
Approximately 50-80% women experience morning sickness with their pregnancy which may be mild or accompanied by vomiting. Only 1% of those women experience hyperemesis gravidarum which is a condition featuring severe vomiting during pregnancy that leads to weight loss and dehydration.
No treatment is usually given by doctors unless the vomiting is so severe as to cause weight loss and impede the mother’s everyday life. The obstetrician will frequently recommend dietary and lifestyle changes if the symptoms are mild. However, the doctor may prescribe an anti-emetic or antihistamine if the vomiting is excessive. Treatment for hyperemesis gravidarum will be more intense and include hospitalization and IV infusions to prevent any complications.
Alternative methods for morning sickness vary. They include treatments such as homeopathy, herbal remedies (peppermint, ginger, B6) hypnosis, and acupressure (usually in the form of acupressure wrist bands) and stress reduction.
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners theorize that when menstruation stops due to pregnancy, Qi in certain organs becomes obstructed. This leads to stagnation and deficiency in Qi in those organs. Liver Qi stagnation and spleen and stomach Qi deficiency along with upward flow of Qi from the heart which becomes restless causes vomiting.
Stimulation of the liver, spleen, and heart acupuncture points alleviates the stagnation and encourages normal Qi flow.
A number of clinical studies have shown great success in relieving morning sickness with the use of acupuncture. Research has been done on Hyperemesis Gravidarum utilizing sham acupuncture and active acupuncture. Relief of nausea and vomiting was significantly faster for the women receiving the active acupuncture.
Dr. Elisha expertly utilizes acupuncture as part of a comprehensive treatment program for morning sickness. The holistic approach includes a diet and exercise plan as well as herbal and homeopathic remedies. Let Dr Elisha alleviate your discomfort, and help you relax and feel generally better. better.
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