Chinese Medicine & Pregnancy BFF: Best Friends Forever!
Getting pregnant should be the easiest thing in the world right? We spend so many years avoiding pregnancy; we often expect that we will fall pregnant once we start trying to. Our bodies are also amazingly well equipped for the birthing process but sometimes we need a best friend to help us out.
Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture can greatly increase your chances of pregnancy AND a smooth pregnancy AND labour AND a healthy post partum period. In fact, Chinese Medicine is a pregnant or wannabe pregnant woman’s best friend. It can help EVERY step of the way. Acupuncture and/or Chinese Herbs can regulate your hormones, get you and your menstrual cycles VERY healthy in preparation for conception. A good Chinese Medicine Doctor will work out exactly what you need to do to increase your chances of getting pregnant. The best time to consult one is 3 months before you attempt to fall pregnant. Would you plant seeds in weedy, nutrient poor, dry ground and expect any to germinate and flourish? No, either would we. Do you want to give your child to be the best possible start in life? Chinese Medicine promotes ovulation, fertilisation, AND implantation. Naturally, gently and without nasty side effects. Acupuncture can also greatly improve IVF success. Let’s not forget the seed quality. Chinese Medicine can help achieve higher sperm counts and higher motility.1 How’s that for a best friend?
Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can also reduce the chances of miscarriage, AND relieve morning sickness. While you’re in your second trimester, if all is going well, a monthly acupuncture visit can provide safe, natural effect relief of symptoms while you are pregnant and help your body adjust and prepare for a smooth labour. If you need more help, I have experience in managing gestational diabetes, high blood pressure and more. A good Chinese Medicine Doctor will also advise you on what exercises and diet will best suit you.
In your third trimester, Acupuncture can set you up for the smoothest delivery possible. Chinese medicine techniques, including acupuncture can help also position your baby correctly, align your pelvis, get you as well as possible for the journey to come. We can even gently promote labour if you’re overdue. Acupuncture can help prevent caesarean delivery. We can also boost your energy levels and resources to better handle the post-partum period, give you herbal tonics to take, alleviate any problems with breast feeding if you have them. That’s friendship right?
A natural, holistic approach such as Chinese Medicine can facilitate a wonderful, empowering birthing experience. I believe that is every woman’s right. As an experienced Doctor of Chinese Medicine specialising in Acupuncture, I have helped thousands of women get pregnant, stay pregnant and then smoothly deliver a healthy baby. It is a wonderfully rewarding experience for all, including me. I have even been blessed by a patient naming their baby after me. Such an honour.
We all know that life doesn’t always go as planned, but Chinese Medicine support can greatly increase your chances of a healthy pregnancy, making the journey much more enjoyable. Do you need a best friend in pregnancy?
Dr Elaine Hickman
B.H.Sc. TCM (Acupuncture), Cert.Cl.Ac (Beijing)
Registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine
Freedom Chinese Medicine
261 Waterdale Rd
Ivanhoe VIC 3079
Ph. 03) 9486 5966