Acupuncture support in early pregnancy can be a great alternative to ‘waiting and seeing.’
So you’ve just found out that you’re pregnant. Congratulations! You might only be 4 weeks along with your embryo no bigger than a chia seed.
You may have waited for years or months or it’s a complete surprise.
You’ve might have had your beta HCG tested and booked in your first scan, but it’s not for 3 more weeks…seems like a lifetime away.
You may have already read what seems like thousands of articles about women who have experienced miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies and you’re so scared about wondering what could happen in your pregnancy.
You’re feeling lost as to what you can do to support your pregnancy but there are a few natural things you can do.
First, take a breath. At this moment, all you know is that you have created the beginnings of a tiny human. This is wonderful!
Also plan to rest a little bit more than normal. This doesn’t mean sleeping 10 hours per night or napping for 2-3 hours during the day. It just means slow down, pay attention to what your body is telling you.
Plan to eat warm, healthy foods while you don’t feel queasy just yet. This may change soon so enjoy.
You can of course start to read about what your body is going through and know what foods to be mindful of eating.
If you’ve experienced a miscarriage before or can’t stop negative thoughts, try replacing those thoughts with positive affirmations. Some examples:
- I got this
- I set my worries aside and I allow my body to do its job
- I have within myself all the necessary resources to grow a beautiful, healthy baby
- I trust my body
- I am relaxed and calm (this one may need more repeating than most!)
- I have complete confidence that my body is working perfectly
Another thing you can do, is make an appointment with an experienced acupuncturist, as early as 4-5 weeks.
“Acupuncture has been used for centuries to help women conceive, grow and give birth to healthy babies, naturally.”
Treatments are based on preventative care and support. They work to ‘uplift’ pregnancy energy which can help to hold a pregnancy in place. It can work to strengthen digestive energy to alleviate pregnancy sickness and can help you improve hormonal symptoms like headaches, constipation, low back pain and emotional volatility – all common in early pregnancy.
Seeing an experienced healthcare practitioner in early pregnancy can also help you with reassurance. This doesn’t seem big…until you’re in your first trimester and you’re overthinking every single symptom and wondering whether you’re doing all you can to make sure your embryo becomes a healthy baby.
Gaining confidence in your body’s ability to nourish and support your can make a difference for how you experience your first trimester.
So enjoy your positive news and please get in touch if you have any questions about your pregnancy.
Registered Acupuncturist and Owner of Gold Coast Acupuncture Clinic – The Point of Wellbeing