Should Pregnant Women Get Acupuncture?
It would seem that there’s a new trend amongst the celebrity types (no, clearly I am not one of them) to overcoming morning sickness.
And it’s a lot less pleasant than sucking down a peppermint patty, let me assure you.
““I’ve been doing acupuncture, which really helps,” said singer Fergie in an interview with Good Morning America last month.
What is acupuncture?
The Mayo Clinic defines acupuncture as “the insertion of extremely thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body” and explains that it is most commonly used to treat pain. Apparently, Western and Chinese health practioners are still at odds as to exactly why sticking needles into your skin helps to relieve pain (or in this case, morning sickness) but theories range from that it helps to re-direct your body’s energy flow to it boosts your body’s natural pain-fighting hormones and nerve receptors.
Does it work to cure morning sickness?
According to an article in Acupuncture Today, one study showed that acupuncture does appear to help relieve the symptoms of morning sickness. A study of 33 women who were experiencing severe morning sickness (including almost daily vomited) saw an over 75% decrease of their symptoms after daily acupuncture treatments.
However promising those results may be, studies are somewhat limited on acupuncture during pregnancy and aside from the obvious fact that acupuncture involved sticking needles in your skin, the study’s participants didn’t see improvement until they received three treatments a day. Not exactly something everyone has time for.
While acupuncture may not be the most obvious choice for everyone outside of the celebrity realm, it is my personal belief that if it works for you, you should give it a go. The Dublin Nursing School found that studies show that acupuncture during pregnancy is considered safe, if you are suffering from extreme morning sickness, talk to your healthcare provider about acupuncture.
It can’t hurt, right?
I mean, except for the whole needle in the skin thing…
Would you try acupuncture to relieve morning sickness?