Hello Calgary Acupuncture Enthusiasts!
Pregnancy can be one of the most magical times in a woman’s life, or it can be a nightmare of feeling so unwell she can’t get out of bed. One of the most common complaints I see in pregnant women at my Calgary acupuncture clinic is morning sickness. Often this “morning sickness” is any time of day, or all day for some women and can be anywhere from a mild queasiness to a severely upset stomach and frequent vomiting. If you are pregnant and can’t stop vomiting or can’t keep food or liquids down, please go to the hospital for care!
Frequent bouts of nausea are especially prevalent during the first trimester though for some women it can last throughout their entire pregnancy. It is important for women to feel relief from this nausea not only so that they can feel better, but so that they can continue to work or look after their other children.
Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of therapy for pregnant women* as there are no negative effects to the fetus and the risks to the mom are extremely low (occasionally there is mild bruising, feeling tired or faint after treatment). Most of my morning sickness patients feel better within a week or two of starting treatment.
*When administered by a properly trained and licensed Acupuncturist.
Though acupuncture is an effective form of treatment for morning sickness, many women would like to know what they can do at home to feel better. So here are some simple tips and strategies for dealing with morning sickness:
- peppermint tea
- ginger tea
- sour candies
- peppermint essential oil
- eating simple, bland and well cooked foods (like porridge)
- eating small frequent meals, especially carbs like toast or crackers
- avoiding greasy foods
- going for short walks outside
There are numerous strategies and things to do, not all of which will work for you so it is best to keep an open mind, a positive attitude and try things out until you find one that works. And always make sure to consult with your doctor or OBGYN when nausea persists or if there is regular vomiting. Always make sure that you are getting enough fluids as dehydration can create problems and may require hospitalization.