Acupuncture during pregnancy: harm or benefit?
Every pregnant woman in case of health problems wants to do without taking medication. After all, as you know, medications can not only benefit, but also harm the health of the future mother and her fetus.
That’s why most pregnant women turn their gaze towards this method of alternative medicine, like acupuncture.
Acupuncture has spread in the modern world thanks to Chinese healers. They brought to Europe sets of needles of various lengths (from 1.5 to 12.5 cm) and widths (0.25-0.45 mm) and showed their skills to heal people from a wide variety of diseases.
To date, the session of acupuncture practically does not differ from the ancient procedure. Still, the skillful hands of professionals use metal needles and biologically active points on the patient’s body.
And this in combination can do wonders.
The duration of the procedure, as well as the depth of setting the needles, always varies depending on the disease. However, in most cases, the acupuncture session lasts only 10-30 minutes.
But occasionally the needles can remain in the patient’s body and for a longer period of time – up to several days. However, this does not cause any discomfort or pain in the patient, as most often even the process of setting the needles is absolutely painless.
But is acupuncture safe during pregnancy? Is she not threatening the health of a baby who is not yet born?
And the health of the future mother? These and other questions worry almost every sensible woman and her loved ones.
So let’s figure out now what is the use or, perhaps, harm, of acupuncture for women in an interesting situation.
If acupuncture is made to a pregnant woman by a true specialist in her field of work (and this must be confirmed not only by a diploma of the relevant education, but also by a license, and also by a desirable and successful practice), then you can get rid of such troubles in pregnancy, like:
- early or late toxicosis (nausea and vomiting);
- a sharp change in mood swings;
- threat of abortion;
- edema and leg cramps;
- breech presentation of the fetus;
- pain in the back, in the lower back.
In addition, many women who had acupuncture during pregnancy noted an improvement in appetite, a decrease in fatigue and a feeling of anxiety, which often worried future mothers. Also, acupuncture sessions are very useful in the last weeks of pregnancy. Due to the correct influence of needles on the reflex points located on the woman’s skin, the uterus is prepared for the forthcoming birth.