It’s true that discovering you’re expecting a baby changes everything about your way of life and thinking – oftentimes, for the better. A casual to heavy drinker is forced to give up her alcohol cold turkey. A woman who enjoys a social cigarette automatically flushes her secret stash down the toilet. Even a woman’s language and speech patterns improve in the nine months she carries her baby. An expecting mother would never want to use harsh or perverse language, nor would she want to spend time with people who do. Those nine months are sacred, and a mother is solely responsible for providing her baby a wholesome, healthy and stress-free environment until that child is ready to enter the world.
It’s no surprise then that many women who were pre-pregnancy lifelong believers in Western medicine, who ran to the nearest pharmacy or medicine cabinet for every cough, sniffle or bought of stress or panic often change their feelings and attitudes towards medical intervention during pregnancy. More and more, mothers and families-to-be are looking to Eastern and Oriental medicine for healthy, holistic, drug-free remedies to cure everything from unrelenting nausea to swollen feet and hands during gestation. Acupuncture treatment rates among expectant mothers have soared in recent years, and there’s great reasons why it’s so helpful in relieving uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms.
During the first trimester, when a woman’s hormones are on a roller coaster, Acupuncture can be a huge emotional relief. Believed to bring a person’s bodily energy back to center, the procedure, which involves a series of thread-like needles being inserted underneath the skin, can calm and refresh your body. Physical ailments like dizziness or morning sickness can also be cured this way, as well. During the second and third trimesters, when expecting mothers often complain about puffiness or swollen feet, Acupuncture can increase healthy hydration levels throughout the body and cure these symptoms, all drug-free! So, the next time you or someone you love has a baby on board, suggest these alternative treatments for relief!