Pre and Post Natal Care

Pre and Post Natal Care

The holistic practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been supporting and assisting mothers and mothers to be for thousands of years.

A Natural and holistic Therapy for better babies

The health of a child before and after birth will reflect the health of the parents, not only in the genetically acquired traits but also the physiological and psychological environment

In the pursuit of providing the best possible start to life for our babies the TCM system of medicine is often employed by women who are mothers, preparing to be mothers, pregnant women and those women and men who are experiencing difficulties in becoming parents.

It is important to ensure optimum health prior to and throughout pregnancy. It is an excellent idea to have a pregnancy under Chinese Medical supervision as well as the Western one.

Chinese Medicine can benefit the pregnant mother by enhancing the constitution in a very efficient way and thereby increasing the chances of an intervention-free birth.

 

Three trimesters

The Chinese Medicine views pregnancy in terms of three trimesters:

In the first trimester, the first 3-months – the treatment is designed to keep the baby intact in order to avoid miscarriage. There is also a special treatment for Morning Sickness, to balance the sense of nausea and vomiting, if present, and to stop loss of appetite and malnutrition.

The second trimester doesn’t usually carry any noticeable problems. It is a very good time for tonification and enhancement, preparing the mother in a relaxed way for the last trimester and for the end result – giving birth.

In the third trimester, the last 3 months – the treatment is designed to make sure that the baby will not come out too early or too late due to a weakness or a deficiency of the mother.

After birth it is important to treat the mother for the recovery of vital energy and any complications as the birth process is often rather traumatic and may cause irreversible damage if not treated right away.

Evidence suggests that many diseases that these women carry started right after their pregnancies.

In TCM, we focus on the tonification of Chi and blood especially if the mother lost much of it while giving birth.

Induction of Labour

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been found to be very effective in the induction of labor.

In approximately 12 separate clinical studies on the induction of labor with acupuncture, no negative side effects have been reported or identified.

Women choose to be induced for various reasons ranging from elective to mandatory.

Your midwife or doctor is the best person to evaluate whether an indication to induce labor exists and to know the best induction method in your case.

In acupuncture there are specific acupuncture points for cervical dilation as well as production of uterine contractions.

If the contractions do not occur or persist after the first treatment another treatment is recommend within the next 48 hours followed by the ingestion of a Chinese herbal prescription.

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with allopathic induction techniques.

 

Breech Presentation

Acupuncture is an effective treatment therapy to correct breech presentation.

Studies conducted in China on this technique report varying success ranging from 80.9% to 90.3%. Most research papers on moxibustion show that the 34th week of gestation is the optimum time to carry out the technique, giving the highest success rate.

 

Acupuncture Analgesia in labor

With acupuncture it is possible to reduce pain and to relax the mother during birth. Aaron can apply special needles to pre selected points that can be massaged during the birth by a support person with simple instructions.

The amount of pain relief is subjective and therefore hard to precisely ascertain.

In most cases pain relief is significant as when the stimulation of the needles stop, pain with contractions is noticeable and in each case the patient requested more stimulus.

 

Nausea and Vomiting

Acupuncture calms the digestive system and decreases nausea and vomiting.

The number of acupuncture treatments varies greatly according to the individual and severity.

In most cases there is a change after the first treatment There is also food therapy and herbal formulas that can be administered.

 

Reasons to use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines during pregnancy:

•  Abdominal Pain

•  Anemia or Dizziness

•  Anxiety Insomnia or Depression

•  Breech Presentation

(performed between the 34th

and 36th week of pregnancy)

•  Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

•  Chronic Urinary Tract Infections Constipation

•  Headaches/ Migraine

•  Hypertensive Disorders,

•  (Pregnancy induced hyper tension)

•  Low Back Pain/ Sciatica

•  Musculoskeletal pain

•  Nausea and Vomiting

•  Threatened premature labor

•  Threatened miscarriage

 

Reasons to use acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines post pregnancy:

•  Retained Placenta

•  Excessive Bleeding

•  Difficult milk let down

•  Convulsion

•  Fatigue, Relaxation and well-being

•  Fainting – Dizziness

•  Severe Sweating

•  Vomiting

•  Constipation

•  Diarrhea

•  Back and Body pains

•  Depression (PND)

•  Incontinence

 

Our Female Healthcare Approach

Aaron Slape specialises in providing comprehensive natural, reproductive, gynecological, obstetric and general healthcare for women throughout their lives.

Happily married to his wife, mother of his 2 children, he has a great understanding of the need for a delicate, compassionate understanding of the issues and privacy involved.

His approach is to integrate techniques in both TCM and western medical diagnosis in order to formulate a naturally oriented treatment plan combining acupuncture, herbal medicine, nutritional therapy, exercise and lifestyle.

Aaron provides an easy to understand analysis of your condition from the TCM viewpoint empowering you with a greater understanding of your health so you can make any necessary adjustments to prevent future ill-health.

 

The holistic approach of TCM recognising every person as an individual ensures each formulated treatment plan is tailored specifically to each individual person for the promotion of energetic balance. Your individualized program is created to meet your needs.

 

For further information

For articles and abstracts gathered from the medical community that provide supporting evidence of the effectiveness of TCM for the treatment of pre and post natal conditions go to the following link:

http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/pregnancy.aspx

 

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