Morning sickness is the common name given to nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) that women experience in early pregnancy. Despite the name, nausea in pregnancy 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.
Triggers of morning sickness include feeling hungry along with the smell of food or being hungry. For this reason, pregnant women who suffer from nausea find it hard to cook or open the fridge door and eat.
Eating little and often, for example every 20 minutes to 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. Vomiting in early pregnancy is come but not all women will experience it.
Acupuncture for morning sickness
Treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy is a combination of eating little and often, avoiding food smells and the use of acupuncture. Complementary therapies such as traditional acupuncture is helpful in reducing the symptoms of morning sickness and reducing nausea, not medical acupuncture. The main acupuncture point used to reduce morning sickness is Neiguan (PC 6), which is the pressure point at which travel sickness bands are placed on wrists.
In severe cases of morning sickness (hyperemesis gravidarum), the woman often has to be hospitalised.
Acupuncture in pregnancy can also improve the women health and that of the baby. 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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