A Comfortable Pregnancy

 

Pregnancy is a time in your life when things can seem extremely difficult and uncomfortable.  There are a few key things that you can do to help alleviate those uncomfortable symptoms.

During pregnancy up to 90% of women experience some form of nausea and dizziness.   Another common symptom is extreme fatigue.  Acupuncture can help relieve these symptoms throughout pregnancy.  Because of the intense demand placed on the mother’s resources by the growing fetus, a mother can experience little to severe fatigue.  Morning sickness is often a reflection of an underlying Qi (energy) imbalance in the digestive function of the internal organs.  Acupuncture with sleep and a nourishing diet, can ensure that the internal organs are functioning optimally, that the Qi is flowing freely without blockages and that there is a harmonious balance of the yin and yang forces in the body.

Prenatal massage can be one of the greatest health benefits to invest in during pregnancy.  Prenatal massage done by trained practitioners can reduce swelling of the joints, improve sciatic nerve pain, reduce back pain, reduce joint pain, improve circulation, reduce edema, reduce muscle tension and headaches, reduce stress and anxiety, improve oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles and assist with better sleep.  Prenatal massage has similar goals of regular massage – to relax tense muscles, ease sore spots, and improve circulation and mobility and to just make you feel good.  Certain precautions should be taken when seeking prenatal massage.  Confirm that the practitioner is trained in prenatal massage and is comfortable massaging in all trimesters.   Ensure that the correct body positions are used during the massage, which includes side lying or tables specifically designed for pregnant women.  Be aware that there are sensitive pressure points that should be avoided during your treatment including pressure points on the ankles, wrists and shoulders, which a trained practitioner will know to avoid.  The benefits of massage can improve overall prenatal health for many pregnant women.

Prenatal Shiatsu, can allow the pregnant woman to enjoy a series of gentle movements and stretching. Your Shiatsu will help alleviate physical and emotional prenatal stress and anxiety, pregnancy back pain and ligament strain, high blood pressure and pre and postpartum depression. Bring yourself to a place where you can connect deeply with your unborn child.

Prenatal Yoga can work wonders on your health and your capability to have a smooth pregnancy.  Yoga does wonders on the physical and mental development of the fetus.   Yoga can help you have a healthy baby.  Certain yoga tools that help ensure a smooth pregnancy and healthy baby are as follows:  Yoga exercises gently work on the reproductive organs and pelvis to ensure a smooth pregnancy and a relatively easy childbirth.  These exercises ensure optimum supply of blood and nutrients to the developing fetus.  Breathing which in these powerful techniques ensure the abundant supply of oxygen.  Meditation can help you resolve the deepest of neuroses, fears and conflicts, which can surface during pregnancy.  Meditation brings with it an incredible awareness which helps you connect with your child.  Deep relaxation is particularly effective during pregnancy for physical and mental relaxation as well as for childbirth preparation.