Treating Morning Sickness Before You Are Pregnant…Really?

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I know prevention of morning sickness doesn’t seem to make sense, but it absolutely does in Chinese medicine. The best time to treat a winter cold, is to build the bodies’ immune system before winter arrives. The best time to treat a heat condition that worsens every summer, is to remove the excess heat in winter. The best time to treat a menstrual-related headache or migraine is to treat it before your next period. The best cure for any condition is prevention.

If you’ve been pregnant and suffered with morning sickness before, then definitely look at prevention if you are wishing to fall pregnant again. However, how do you know if you will suffer from morning sickness if you’ve never been pregnant? If you can answer yes to two or more of the symptoms below, it may indicate a cold or deficient digestive system, causing you to be more prone to suffering morning sickness.

  • bloating, especially after eating cold foods
  • indigestion
  • diarrhea
  • history of reflux or easy to vomit
  • low energy, low libido
  • travel sickness
  • light menstrual bleeding
  • iron deficiency
  • feel nauseous when nervous or anxious
  • easily cold – especially hands and feet
  • diagnosed irritable bowel syndrome
  • feeling of a cold abdomen or low back

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs are extremely effective in treating morning sickness as a symptom on its own, however, because you don’t generally feel like eating, trying to warm and strengthen your stomach energy through herbs, tea or food can be difficult. Also, if you have fallen pregnant through IVF or ART, the clinics are very specific about ensuring your body temperature does not increase, so adding external heat (through moxibustion, a hot water bottle or a heat lamp) is out of the question. So prevention is important to ensure you can really enjoy your pregnancy.

If you have any questions about how acupuncture can specifically help you, please contact the clinic on (07) 5539 2362.

What to Expect at Your First Acupuncture Treatment

At your initial consult at The Point of Wellbeing, you will be given a health questionnaire to fill in that will ask some detailed questions about your complaint, current medications and supplements and associated signs and symptoms. Your practitioner will then have a detailed chat with you about your complaint, your treatment goals, describe your diagnosis from a Chinese medicine point of view and discuss your treatment options and offer herbal, diet and lifestyle advice to assist with your treatment plan. An acupuncture treatment will then commence after you feel comfortable with this information and consent to treatment. You will get the chance to relax for 20 to 30 minutes before the needles are taken out.

Often after your first acupuncture treatment you can feel slightly light headed and very relaxed. It is recommended that you take some time after the treatment to drink water and ensure you feel ok to drive before leaving. We advise to avoid strenuous exercise after acupuncture, just enjoy the relaxing feeling for as long as possible.

If you have any more questions about your first acupuncture treatment, please contact us. We look forward to seeing you soon.

Is Your Sweet Tooth Reducing Your Chance of Conceiving?

Last year a comprehensive study was performed to see the effects of daily sugar consumption on the development of oocytes and embryos. The study design involved feeding a high carbohydrate diet to healthy, nonobese, non diabetic primates over a six month period.  They found that eating sugar daily inhibited the growth and development of embryos even when the oocytes were removed to be fertilized (similar to IVF). “This data provides evidence for the first time that dietary sugar consumption has profound consequences to the oocyte and early embryo”. Eliminating sugar from your every day diet should be number one when trying to conceive. This includes all the obvious cakes and chocolate, as well as the forgotten sugary foods including; flavoured yoghurts, muesli bars, bread, sauces and dressings.
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Chaffin et al., Endocrinology 155: 26882695, 2014

8 Easy Lifestyle Changes that will Improve Your Fertility in 2015!

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  1. Make the decision that this year is it! Commit yourself wholeheartedly to this decision. Don’t guard yourself from disappointment or pretend you are ‘just waiting to see what happens’. If you want a baby this year, prepare your mind, your body and your life for this.
  2. Change your drinking water from tap water to filtered water. This is such a simple and inexpensive lifestyle change. Unfiltered water has toxins that affect your hormone health. Grab a counter-top filtered jug for home and work like these BRITA – easy!
  3. Include fertility-boosting foods in your diet – eggplant, pomegranate, fish, avocado, eggs, green leafy vegetables and warm nutrient-rich foods
  4. Eliminate poor quality foods from your diet – processed foods, refined sugar, caffeine, alcohol, gluten, raw and ice cold foods
  5. Get to sleep before 11pm each night. Between 11pm and 1am is the Liver ‘repair’ time. Your Liver is responsible for hormone and menstrual balance, stress management and ovulation and it can’t do these roles effectively if it is not given the time to heal each night.
  6. Get out in the sunshine and exercise 20-30 minutes each day. Vitamin D has such a huge role in hormone health and fertility and exercise keeps that Liver moving stagnated energy.
  7. Breathe – your breath is responsible for your metabolic rhythm. As often as you remember, take 10 deep breaths. This also helps deal with stress and anxiety.
  8. Enjoy life! Your heart needs to be happy to conceive a child and the heart needs joy to be happy. So do what you love and spend time with the people you love xx