First Trimester of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change. It is also a time when it’s more important than ever to support and care for your well-being. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for you and your baby in a safe and natural way, without the use of harmful medications.
During the First Trimester of Pregnancy, Acupuncture and TCM can:
- Alleviate morning sickness*
- Help with fatigue*
- Help to prevent miscarriage*
Alleviate Morning Sickness:
Many pregnant women experience some morning sickness during the first trimester of pregnancy. As most women are reluctant to use conventional pharmaceuticals to help alleviate their symptoms, acupuncture can be a safe drug-free treatment to reduce nausea and vomiting*. When suffering from morning sickness, you will respond particularly well to acupuncture, and we can show you specific points that you can massage at home to help with nausea and restore your appetite*.
Help with Fatigue:
Fatigue is normal during the first trimester of pregnancy. The restful and rejuvenating effect of acupuncture helps pregnant women feel rested and much less fatigued*. Acupuncture treatments also help with insomnia*, which can contribute to fatigue.
Acupuncture helps prevent miscarriage by reducing stress, improving circulation and blood flow to the uterus and fetus, and strengthening the organs*. It also helps prevent autoimmune reactions like increased natural killer cells that might contribute to miscarriage*.
The rule of thumb is after three months you are probably safe, however women that have had a hard time getting pregnant carry greater risks and should extend that period to four months. If you are over 35 or if you have done IUI or In Vitro you should also give more attention. Strictly follow your acupuncture protocol and visit your OB/GYN more often. The changes that occur to the fetus during the first trimester take place very fast. A lot can happen in a week and you want your OB/GYN to catch any deviation from a normal path right away to give you much greater chances of correcting it.
You should give yourself the best chance of success, especially if you have gone through any assisted reproductive technology procedure as they can be very stressful and expensive.
Reducing the Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
The first thing I recommend you do the minute you find out you are pregnant, if you have not already done so, is to screen for biomarkers that are linked to Autism.
In 1987, 1 in 10,000 children were born with ASD in the US but according to the Centers for Disease Control, the rates have escalated astronomically to 1 in 68 by 2014.
ASD has to do with excess toxins/heavy metals or the inability for the body to detoxify.
The speculation a few years ago about the MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccine linked to ASD has been proven to be wrong. The consensus today is that this condition develops during pregnancy and when the baby is born he/she already has the condition.
After studying and researching into the field of genetics/epigenetics, I learned that there are already researches that show measurable biochemical markers on mothers of Autistic children that could indicate increased risk of ASD.
The markers are present through the methylation and glutathione profiles and is shown on the link below published by the National Institute of Health:
Studies on the subject are currently underway and we are probably 5 to 10 years away to a final conclusion on the subject that may lead to a national protocol implementation.
How many babies will be born in the next ten years that could benefit from such screenings? I believe in educating the general community and the medical community to pressure the “medical system” to move forward.
We have specific individualized treatments in our clinic that combines acupuncture, herbs and nutrition to counter methylation deficiency to regulate these biomarkers to possibly bring the mother from a high risk status to a low risk*.
It is my belief that if we work with women during their pregnancy, or starting even before pregnancy, and regulate these markers and optimize their detoxification capabilities and incorporate a diet based on their individualized needs and genetics we can push back the occurrence ratio to the 1987 levels of 1 in 10,000*.