Whenever I treat someone for morning sickness I am reminded of a story that a patient told me years ago.
She had just found out that she was pregnant and had woken up the following morning feeling terribly nauseous.
Between bouts of being sick her partner had said to her in an attempt to be helpful “never mind, at least it’ll only be for three months.”
The following morning he too came down with what, after all, had been a bad stomach bug.
My client couldn’t resist reminding him that ‘he would only be feeling like that for three months’!
Nausea is one of the things that I treat, which I think people find hardest to cope with.
I mostly see people with nausea from chemotherapy or morning sickness, and although the symptoms can be very similar the conventional treatment approach could not be more different.
I’ll talk briefly here about morning sickness and acupuncture treatment.
In Chinese Medicine one of the key factors contributing to, or worsening the symptoms of morning sickness, is tiredness.
I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to rest during pregnancy if you’re tired. We’re used to over riding our tiredness, but when you’re pregnant it really will make matters worse sooner or later if you don’t listen to your body telling you that it needs to stop for a while.
Of course that’s not the whole story, but rest often helps with morning sickness. Try cold, fizzy drinks as well and, if you’re finding it hard to even keep water down try sucking ice cubes.
I like to use vaccaria seeds on an ear point called shenmen. These seeds stay in place between treatment sessions and gently stimulate the point. They have a calming, relaxing effect and really do seem to help reduce the severity of the sickness.