Acupuncture for morning sickness (NVP)
Morning sickness is the common name given to nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) that women experience in early pregnancy. Despite the name, nausea or vomiting can occur at any time during the day.
Generally, pregnant women have morning sickness during early pregnancy, in the first trimester up till 12 weeks or 20 weeks. Symptoms will come and go several times a day. However, some women with morning sickness can still experience nausea after 20 weeks.
Eating little and often, for example every 2 hours can reduce the symptoms of nausea. Often dry foods such as bread and crackers are eaten along with carbonated drinks, all of which can help to settle the stomach and reduce feelings of nausea.
Triggers of morning sickness include feeling hungry along with the smell of food. For this reason, pregnant women who suffer from nausea find it hard to cook or open the fridge door.
Treatment for morning sickness
Complementary therapies such as traditional acupuncture are helpful in reducing the symptoms of morning sickness and reduce nausea, not medical acupuncture. The main acupuncture point used is neiguan (PC 6), which is the pressure point at which travel sickness bands are placed on wrists.
Why not try accupuncture and see if it can help you. It can also improve the women health. The effects should have for a few days allowing you to eat and improve your energy levels helping to maintain a healthy pregnancy and a better quality of life.
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