Morning Sickness and Acupuncture

Women may expect to experience morning sickness in pregnancy; but for many, it can be more of an all day ordeal.  Seventy to ninety percent of all pregnant women experience some form of nausea. There are many things we can do to help relieve nausea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and many other symptoms associated with your pregnancy.

A focus or look into your diet is one of the first steps you can take to ease your issues, and is very important before, during, and after pregnancy. The food you put in your body will directly affect how you function.  Cravings are also something that typically presents with pregnancy, and oftentimes can be linked to deficiencies of certain nutrients the body needs. There may be issues with the appetite. This can be either too high or too low.  When the appetite is very intense, responding immediately to these urges can provide some relief. It is very important to care for your sugar intake, to help to prevent gestational diabetes. Heartburn is very common throughout pregnancy, especially getting into the later months; many organs of the body are shifting to make room for the fetus. This sometimes can create acid regurgitation if too much is eaten, or if the diet is imbalanced. If the appetite is too low, you may not be getting the necessary protein and fat intake that is crucial to a healthy you, and a healthy pregnancy. Dehydration is also very 

common with morning sickness. For many, drinking enough fluids may aggravate nausea and create unpleasant fullness.

Some common symptoms related to morning sickness treated with Acupuncture:

  • Cravings
  • Aversion to food
  • Pica (desire to eat inedible objects)
  • Metallic taste in the mouth
  • Intense hunger
  • Burping
  • Heartburn or acid regurgitation
  • Excess saliva
  • Fatigue, tiredness
  • Strong sense of smell

                It is extremely important that we keep our bodies nourished and able to rest and digest. These bouts of nausea and changes in appetite can lead to many nervous disorders, as it puts the body into a “survival mode,” a heightened state of functioning, which can be extremely exhausting.  Extended periods of this type of stress can be detrimental to the way you break down and transport your food and nutrients to the rest of the body.