Pregnancy Symptoms Which Every Woman Should Know

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Nothing can be more exciting for a newlywed couple than to know that they are going to parents soon. However, not every woman knows how to identify the symptoms of pregnancy. Most of the telltale signs which act as indicators of a successful conception occur during the first trimester. So, in case you are wondering whether you should take the missed period as a sign that you are expecting or not, here is a guide that might help you out:

First Couple Of Weeks

During the early weeks of the first month of a pregnancy, there are not many conspicuous signs except for a prominent one – missing period. A delayed menstrual cycle can very well be taken as the beginning of the first trimester. However, it would be prudent to discuss the matter with a gynaecologist.

Last Week Of 1st Month

In the fourth week, more prominent symptoms would start to appear gradually. They may or may not include –

  • Frequent urination
  • Tender or swollen breasts
  • Mood swings
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Feeling bloated

Most or all of these things will be part of a symptom known as morning sickness, which is characterised by feelings of nausea on smelling the scent of certain food items or things.
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Initial Weeks Of 2nd Month

Around this time, the symptoms of the 4th week will continue as well as worsen, thereby becoming more noticeable. It would get really uncomfortable due to breast tenderness, regurgitation and frequent urination. Heartbeats will be harder and faster than usual.

The 6th Week

In the sixth week of a pregnancy, the existing symptoms will intensify even more. Morning sickness might cause one to experience a queasy stomach, vomit or feel nauseous at any time of the day. Mood swings would hit hard, almost like a rocky rollercoaster. The ache on the breasts will spike due to tenderness.

The 9th Week

This is the time when the belly will start to bloat, and the expectant mother can experience severe fatigue, as the body would work harder to fulfill the needs of the growing foetus. The body would begin to crave more rest and food than usual, so that the baby can receive the right amount of nourishment.

Thus, if you find yourself suffering from any of these symptoms, then it would be prudent for you to get in touch with an experienced professional offering pregnancy care in Northern Beaches. Not only would the expert address the symptoms with appropriate therapy, but also prescribe a diet programme that is health both for you & your baby.

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Do’s and Don’ts During Pregnancy – Part I

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Do's and Don'ts During Pregnancy – Part I
You can eat this but not that. You can do this but don’t do that. Pregnant women ate bombarded with do’s and don’ts. It’s really hard to keep it all straight.

Pregnancy do’s

  • Visit your gynaecologist routinely. Prenatal care will help keep you as well as your baby healthy. Your doctor may also be able to detect problems if anything occurs.
  • Taking folic acid throughout your pregnancy is very important. You should continue taking it. Women who are capable of conceiving need to get 400-800 micrograms of folic acid each and every day. Taking enough of folic acid actually lowers the risk of birth defects. Moreover, if you take a vitamin with folic acid, you can be sure that you’re getting enough. 
  • Eat a lot of healthy and nutritious foods. Include vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean meats, calcium-rich foods and various cooked seafood in your diet. Also take iron everyday. Getting enough iron will prevent anaemia. Tell your doctor to prescribe you a prenatal vitamin or iron supplement, which you should take daily. Drink a lot of fluids, especially water. 
  • Keep moving. Don’t sit and idle and sleep most of the time because you’re pregnant. Unless your gynaecologist advices you otherwise, physical activity is undoubtedly good for you as well as your baby. 
  • Visit a professional acupuncturist during your first trimester and ask for an acupuncture treatment. Acupuncture can really help with nausea, morning sickness, threatened miscarriage, tiredness and lack of energy. Make sure to continue it throughout your pregnancy period. It has proved to be the best treatment of pregnancy care in Northern Beaches. 
  • Gaining weight during pregnancy is good but if it is more than the recommended amount, chances of pregnancy complications may increase.Ask your doctor how much weight you must gain during pregnancy. 
  • Sleep for at least 7 to 9 hours every night. Rest on your left side as that will help blood flow to you as well as your baby & prevent swelling. Use pillows between your legs & under your belly to get comfortable. 
  • Health problems should be treated and kept very much under control. If you have diabetes, control it. If you have high blood pressure, closely monitor it. 
  • Make sure to wear a seatbelt. The lap strap needs to go under your belly and across your hip. The shoulder strap must go between your breasts & to your belly’s side. Ensure it fits you snugly. 
  • Ask your doctor before you stop to take any medicine that you have or take any new medicine. No matter whether it’s over-the-counter, prescription or herbal medicine – all can harm your baby. So, your doctor’s advice in this case is a must.

Our next blog will have a list of pregnancy don’ts. So, stay tuned to our blog space to know about the don’ts during pregnancy!

Treatment of IBS Using Acupuncture

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IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), also called spastic colon is a condition or rather a combination of various symptoms characterised by improper functioning of the digestive system. The symptoms generally include discomfort, abdominal pain, gas, bloating, cramping, diarrhoea or constipation. The syndrome primarily affects the colon or large intestine and may be triggered by reaction to some stressful life event or infection. Although no cure for IBS has been found so far, it is possible to control and reduce the associated symptoms using various therapies.
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Acupuncture is one such therapy that can be effectively used for providing relief to a patient suffering from IBS. Many experts of women’s health in Northern Beaches are suggesting that performing acupuncture on specific points on the body can reduce the symptoms of spastic colon to a substantial extent. Let’s have a look at those points in detail:

CV6

This point lies just 2 fingers below the navel, and stimulating it can strengthen as well as activate the large intestine. This, in turn, would aid in relieving abdominal cramps, stomachache and constipation. It can also be treated to reduce signs such as bloating, chronic fatigue and cramps.

St25

The St25 is an empowering acupoint for treatment of IBS. It is situated about 2 thumbs away on either side of the belly button. Administering acupuncture on both these points can alleviate diarrhoea and constipation. They can also aid in regulating abdominal blood circulation.

SP4

SP4 or Spleen 4 is a functional acupoint that provides several health benefits. It is located near the midsection of the inner foot. Putting pressure on this point can help to provide relief from gastric pain, diarrhoea, bloody stool and poor appetite.

CV12

The CV12 is a potent reflexology point that serves to be very effective in the treatment of digestive disorders. It lies halfway between the navel and lower end of breastbone. Stimulating it can help to treat upset stomach, bloating, acid reflux, stomach fullness and appetite loss.

LI14

LI14 or large intestine 14 is a highly potent point that can be used for treating IBS efficiently. It is situated just 4 fingers below the shoulder blade, on radial side of upper arm, near the insertion of deltoid muscle. It can aid in providing relief from a wide range of IB symptoms as well as acid reflux.

Unlike conventional drugs used for the treatment of IBS, acupuncture have no side effects. Besides, they can also provide long-lasting relief.

Can TCM Help In Combating The Ageing Process?

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Acupuncture for Ageing

Among the different kinds of natural medicinal procedures existing in the world, Traditional Chinese Medicine is perhaps one of the most ancient and commonly used therapy in Australia. It can be utilised for improving the overall health of an individual. Nowadays, many people are also trying to fight ageing signs in a natural way by using acupuncture and Chinese medicine in Northern Beaches.

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In order to avoid the horrors of botox injections, facelifts and plastic surgery, cosmetic acupuncture is being resorted as a safe alternative age control therapy by countless individuals. Proponents of this natural procedure claim that insertion of needles in various acupoints on the face (particularly those near frown lines or wrinkles) can aid in eliminating several signs of ageing, such as dark circles, age spots, puffy eyes and fine lines. The stimulation that is brought about by the needles makes blood rush to the facial region, causing it to become florid. This is because the induced stimulation helps in developing new collagen fibres under the age spots and wrinkles, thereby reducing their visibility on the skin.

Besides alleviating the conspicuous age spots and signs, cosmetic acupuncture provides a wide range of benefits:
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  • Tightens drooping eyelids
  • Relaxes muscle tone
  • Increases skin oxygenation
  • Reduces visible pores
  • Controls acne
  • Moisturises skin from the inside to give rosy cheeks

There are absolutely no risks of side effects associated with cosmetic acupuncture if it is administered by an experienced and qualified practitioner. The needles used are generally non-toxic, sterile and meant to be utilised just once, which eliminates any chances of contracting infectious diseases.

Herbs

Many TCM practitioners also use different types of herbal formulas along with the therapy of cosmetic acupuncture for increasing the effectiveness of the overall treatment. The most commonly used herbs include Renshen, Ganoderma, He Shou Wu, Sanqi, Lingzhi, Huangqi and Ciwujia. Many of them protect the body of an individual against the ageing process. Besides that, they also help in boosting energy, regulating the endocrine levels, relieving stress, nourishing vitality, reducing extra heat, enhancing mental agility, augmenting immune levels, clearing out the free radicals, balancing metabolism, combating fatigue, reducing vascular resistance, expanding blood vessels and toning the internal organs. All these things usually have a direct influence on the ageing process and help in following the holistic approach of TCM.

What Is Ectopic Pregnancy? Can It Be Cured With TCM?

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Pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy generally occurs when a fertilised egg fails to implant normally within the uterus, and begins to develop somewhere else inside the abdomen, most commonly in one of the Fallopian tubes. This type of pregnancy can result in serious complications such as intra-abdominal haemorrhage, which occurs due to expansion and rupture of the Fallopian tube caused by the growing embryo.

Ectopic pregnancies can be caused due to several reasons:

  • Kinks or obstructions existing in Fallopian tubes from previous infections
  • Absence of adequate protective lining outside the tubes due to low mucus production or excessive mucus thinning caused by progesterone
  • Mucus plugs

The inner walls of Fallopian tubes have a lining of special secretions meant for nourishing the embryo as well as facilitating its passage into the uterus. Under normal conditions, sufficient quantity of mucus coats the Fallopian tubes until about two days after ovulation. During that time, the progesterone levels increase and make the mucus disappear. If the fertilised egg is still in the tube after the mucus has thinned, it increases the chances of ectopic pregnancy. In the context of Traditional Chinese Medicine, this scenario corresponds to blood and Qi stagnation. The common symptoms of the scenario include breast soreness, headaches and abdominal pain at midcycle.

Ectopic Pregnancy

The worst consequence of ectopic pregnancy is infertility after an emergency surgery or methotrexate injection for stopping cell growth. However, there are certain TCM pregnancy support treatments in Northern Beaches that can successfully increase fertility even after an emergency ectopic pregnancy surgery has been conducted. University researches have concluded that acupuncture administered in combination with Chinese herbal medicine can effectively enhance tubal patency by reducing the size of obstructions in the Fallopian tubes.

In order to counteract the adverse consequences of ectopic pregnancy and surgery, acupuncturists make use of various acupoints like Zhongji, Guilai, Shuidao, Sanyinjiao and Zigong. They also claim that employing sterilised warm needles for administering acupuncture treatment in the second week after the emergency surgery can boost fertility by alleviating the complications of chronic pelvic inflammatory disease, a condition often responsible for fallopian tube obstructions and inflammation.

An acupuncture session meant for reducing chances of infertility after ectopic surgery usually lasts for about 30 minutes. In addition to that, practitioners often prescribe various herbs such as Dan Shen, Tao Ren, Chi Shao, San Leng, Tian Hua Fen, Gan Cao and E Zhu to the patient.

Treating AIDS With TCM

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Treating AIDS With TCMAIDS is caused by a virus called called HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus). It has a long latent period providing great opportunity for TCM to treat it. Studies conducted using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine indicates that TCM does have some effects on the aspects like improvement of the AIDS patients’ immune & survival quality, extension of the survival time and relief of the clinical symptoms.

The clinical manifestation is quite complicated & includes night sweats, fever, appetite reduction, weight loss, asthenia, skin rash, problem in breathing and extensive lymphangoncus. If infected with HIV, your body will try fighting the infection. It will also make several antibodies for fighting the virus, which may present several defects as well as abnormalities in your immune system.

Although there isn’t any reliable method of controlling this virus there are many ways to improve the immune system invigorating qi & blood, strengthening the constitution & preventing diseases by using elongated needles, finger-press therapy, moxibustion etc.

Acupuncture

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Needling du and ren channels is the primary way of adjusting yin & yang. Main points on ren channel include ren 4,6, 12, 17, 20, 22 and 23 whereas the main points on du channel include du 3,4,6,7,9,12 and 14. This treatment procedure may nourish yin & yang, regulate the viscera, dredge tri-jiao & improve the appetite. If symptoms present include diarrhoea, four points around belly button about 1” away needs to be needled. Other points like shu/back points with mu/front points, & points on the limbs, may even be needled.

Chinese Herbs

Chinese Herbs

This may contribute to nourishing qi & blood, regulating the viscera, strengthening the resistance & eliminating the pathogens. A number of Chinese herbs have proven to be functional in improving the human immune system. Furthermore, the herbs to prevent and treat AIDS are available in more than thirty various prescriptions like xiao chaihu tang, ginseng tang, guipi tang and others. Chinese herbs need to be used in quantity and their strength are to be determined by clinical symptoms. Some of the herbs like bighead atractylodes rhizome, Chinese cassia tree, can be made into fine powder and be put on bellybutton for improving the immune function.

Abdomen Massage

Abdomen Massage

Abdomen is the place from where all diseases come in. Abdomen may make qi of middle jiao flow very smoothly sending up lucid & sending down turbid, promoting the flow of tri-jiao, regulating middle jiao & restoring qi, relieving depressed liver & enlivening the spleen. Thus, it’s very essential in full management of conditions related with AIDS. Areas for massage include lan men, lymphatic points, ren 6 and 11 and a few others.