Unless you’ve been hiding away on a remote island with no access to radio, television or social media you’ll surely not have escaped the news about Prince William and his wife Kate expecting their first baby. Sadly according to reports she is suffering from an extreme form of morning sickness, otherwise known as hyperemesis gravidarum.
Pregnancy should be a magical happy time, it’s about growing a new human being, how more amazing can it get!. To be plagued with ailments such as morning sickness, really can spoil this time for many women.
A priority when treating pregnant women, is safety, for both the woman and the unborn child. Drugs are often contraindicated during pregnancy, and rightly so. As such a lot of women think they just have to put up and suffer with ailments during pregnancy. Absolutely not so, as far as acupuncture is concerned. Acupuncture has been safely and effectively used during pregnancy for thousands of years.
In the UK the Derriford maternity acupuncture unit in Plymouth has treated an amazing amount of women, very successfully for more than 2 decades. Currently there is actually a campaign to save this service and signatures on the petition are needed (thanks).
For the record, a study by Caroline Smith, Caroline Crowther and Justin Beilby done in Australia and published in 2002 documented that acupuncture is an effective treatment for morning sickness.
Do pass this information on to any pregnant woman you know that there’s no need to suffer, there are alternative methods for treating their symptoms. Phoning their local acupuncturist for a chat about their concerns is a good first step.