Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Zita West

By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and sensible advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard ladies all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an unheard of wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a booklet available to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners overlaying body structure with regards to being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture techniques and suggesting issues and element mixtures for specific levels and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis bins and guidelines
  • Covers dietary features of pregnancy
  • Gives sensible suggestion and guide at the use of acupuncture throughout the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
  • Uses case examples to additional illustrate the text
  • Covers fresh advances when it comes to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune method and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of invaluable addresses
  • Fully up-to-date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
  • Nutrition and its impression at the foetus (new and constructing quarter of research)

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It is far better to start with the assumption that the patient may be pregnant and try to establish the facts. For example, a woman may begin treatment because she is having problems conceiving. Her periods may be irregular or non-existent, or she may have bleeding between periods. And yet she may be pregnant without knowing it. I try to establish at the outset of treatment the dates of her last three periods. I always stress on that first treatment that there are specific points that are forbidden before certain months of pregnancy and that I am therefore avoiding them.

Bones both lengthen and harden and there are crucial growth spurts in the brain. The mother needs approximately 200 extra calories a day, and the need for protein is at an all-time high (Ford 1994). Her blood volume has by now increased by 40%, and she may be suffering from minor problems and discomforts such as breathlessness, insomnia, back ache, constipation, piles or heartburn. Vitamin A Vitamin A contributes to healthy appetite and digestion and the making of red and white blood cells. It also assists in preparing the body for making milk, as it helps to make the hormones connected with lactation.

Vitamin E Vitamin E is important in the development of the heart, to help get oxygen to cells and to protect RNA and DNA from damage that could cause congenital defects in the baby. It also helps the utilisation of fatty acids and selenium. Good food sources. These include unrefined cold pressed oils, wholegrains, wheatgerm, nuts, green leafy vegetables, avocados, molasses and eggs. Iron The volume of blood circulating round the body increases during pregnancy, to help get oxygen to the placenta.

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