During your pregnancy you can have to deal with various pregnancy ailments. Often it can not hurt but fun is different. Acupuncture can be a way to alleviate some ailments. But can it harm?
And can acupuncture help you to become pregnant and / or stay? What is acupuncture really? Can acupuncture restore the balance in your body naturally? So that certain complaints reduce? And how safe is it for your unborn baby? Questions about acupuncture and pregnancy, which you may want to have an answer to.
Let's start at the beginning. What is acupuncture?
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a treatment where needles are inserted into the subcutaneous connective tissue at certain points. This medicine is used mainly in China.
'Acus' stands for 'needle' in Latin and 'pungere' means 'stitches'. This method exists more than 2500 years and is closely linked to Chinese philosophy. Metal needles have been used since the bronze age. Before that time people probably used needles from bone fragments or stone.
Does it hurt?
The needles used for acupuncture are very thin. Because they are so thin, you hardly feel them. Sometimes a shock can be experienced. A proof that the right spot is being hit.
Acupuncture and getting pregnant
Acupuncture can be used to improve your cycle, for example to stimulate the eirijping, reduce stress and improve blood circulation in the uterine wall. This can increase the chance of a pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also reduce the risk of miscarriage. If there is really something wrong with the fruit, acupuncture can not help you, of course. However, it can take away stress and anxiety. Emotions that are never good for the baby.
Acupuncture and pregnancy ailments
What is acupuncture used for? Acupuncture can be used for pregnancy ailments, such as:
nausea, heartburn, pelvic symptoms, high blood pressure, constipation, back pain, headaches, hemorrhoids, sleep problems and / or fatigue.
The use of acupuncture is aimed at bringing the body back into balance. It is a natural treatment, without endangering the child.
Preparation for delivery
In addition to relieving certain ailments, acupuncture can also be used as a preparation for the delivery, by relaxing muscles and tendons. This treatment makes the digestion easier and the delivery takes a bit shorter.
Does it really work?
It is always important to have confidence in your doctor or therapist. This stimulates the healing process. This is also called the placebo effect.
A lot of research has been done into the functioning of acupuncture and in a number of cases has been shown to work.
What does it cost?
The prices differ per practice. They vary between 50 and 70 euros. When a practice is a member of the NVA, there is a chance that your health insurance will fully or partially reimburse these costs.
Is it safe?
Always opt for acupuncture performed by an acupuncturist who is a member of a recognized professional association (NVA, NAAV, Zhong). You know for sure that he has the right education and therefore knows what he is doing. He will also use sterile disposable needles.