Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention
By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. Med. M.T.C.M.C.I., M.C.Th.A.
Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention is a highly successful form of treatment, and I have been privileged to have had several successes in this area. It is often a surprise for many women to discover how common miscarriage actually is. In the cases of a normally developed pregnancy, i.e. those without medical intervention be it IUI, IVF, Acupuncture etc more than one in five pregnancies (20%) ends in miscarriage.
While women’s reactions to the loss of a pregnancy can vary, most women find the experience to be deeply distressing. After a miscarriage — or in some cases repeated miscarriages — many women lose confidence in their body, and begin to doubt their ability to ever have children.
Making matters worse, when women ask their gynecologist or doctor "why" the miscarriage occurred, answers are often vague and offer no satisfying explanation. This can undermine confidence even further, causing women to wonder if their body will ever be able to bring a baby into the world.
In this article I will introduce the thinking behind Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention, a highly successful protocol for ensuring that my patients safely bring a baby to full term. In terms of Western Medicine, there are 8 primary conditions that fall under Miscarriage, they are
• Threatened Miscarriage
• Inevitable Miscarriage
• Missed Miscarriage
• Bleeding in Pregnancy
• Ectopic Pregnancy
• Tropoblastic Pregnancy
• Placenta Previa
• Abrupto placenta
Each of the above 8 topics require discussion in their own right but the overall theme is that of miscarriage and I shall focus primarily in explaining that in this article.
A miscarriage is often called a spontaneous abortion refers to the embryo or fetus being spontaneously expelled from the uterus before it is capable of living on its own.
Miscarriage’s most commonly occur in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, and are referred to as a n early miscarriage. Those that occur after the first 12 weeks, but prior to foetal viability (when the baby can live on its own) are called a late miscarriage. It should be noted that there is a difference of opinion as regards foetal viability. For example in the United Kingdom it is listed as 24 weeks, whereas in Australia it is listed as 20 weeks. After this period the term stillbirth is used and medically it is deemed possible that the baby could have survived even if this was only possible with intensive medical treatment.
From a Traditional Chinese Medical point of view, miscarriage often corresponds with the roles of the Conception (Ren) and Penetrating vessels as they are responsible for gathering blood and nourishing the developing baby. From an organ point of view the majority of cases also often involve a deficiency of the Kidney energy, as it nourishes and supports both of the above channels. As such Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention protocols often focus on tonifying and strengthening the Kidney’s.
With that said there are also occasions where deficiencies of Spleen Qi, Blood and Qi, or an excess of heat in the blood can also be responsible. While these terms may make little sense I shall explain each in detail and how they relate to Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention protocols in the following articles. The good news is that acupuncture is extremely effective for miscarriage prevention, and I shall leave you with the words of one of my patients, Stephanie Hyland (34), whom I treated for fertility and miscarriage prevention – she had suffered two early miscarriages, which left her feeling distraught.
Testemonial - A Healthy and Full Term Pregnancy:
"Then I saw Paul's card up in my gym. He treated me, and just weeks later, I was pregnant. I've been seeing him every week since.
"I'm now 18 weeks pregnant. And I'm thrilled. "Acupuncture is very relaxing," she says. "I feel really good after each session."
UPDATE: Stephanie has given birth to a beautiful baby girl; I wish both her and her newborn daughter the very best of health.
If you have conceived, become pregnant, have a history of miscarriage or are concerned about doing so, and want to ensure the best possible health for both you and your child, then perhaps you should consider Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention protocols.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention protocols that I provide or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discuss any specific concerns or questions you may have.
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