Nasty heartburn, it takes all the fun out of being pregnant. Unfortunately most pregnant women put up with it, and it's not until we ask, "so how has everything been?", that they reply, "yes, mostly good thanks". So this answer helps to open up a dialog of, "so what is going on that isn't so good?" and they say, "oh just this horrible heartburn". Most people don't realise that acupuncture can help with heartburn and it's such a natural way to deal with it, especially while your'e pregnant. Then we can talk about what upsets it most: is it food, stress, worry or position of the baby? (as the baby's feet, head and bottom can really squish your stomach up). These questions lead us to a clear diagnosis and an action plan.
How does Acupuncture work?...
So the good news is that you don't have to suffer any longer, acupuncture has some amazing points that will improve this condition dramatically. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) we talk about stagnation, fire, heat, cold, deficient, full and many more patterns. So with heartburn we are talking about heat, stagnation and sometimes fullness of the stomach. The acupuncture points help cool and move the stomach qi, allowing the digestive process to get back on track calming and settling the burn.
The points we use are on your feet and legs, so we don't need to needle near your stomach.
Having heartburn is hideous and it's definitely something no pregnant woman needs to put up with.
Smaller, regular meals will help while making sure you're not eating really hot and spicy food. Foods such as hot curries or satays, coffee, deep fried food, excessivly sugary products (especially our favorite, chocolate) will cause the stomach to heat up and produce heartburn. Peppermint tea is cooling and good for digestion as is chamomile tea also. Though ginger tea is good for digestion, it is also heating in large quantities, so limit it to two cups a day. See how ginger tea effects your heartburn, if it feels better for the tea then go with it, if not, stop. Cucumber and watermelon are cooling, so try these out and see how they effect you. Probiotics can also help by getting that gut flora back into balance. One tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a half glass of water before eating can help digestion. If you have heartburn because of the baby pushing up into your stomach then finding stretches that help give you some room in that area can create some relief. Keeping up your water intake is also important, taking small regular sips is the best way to hydrate yourself.
Consult your local Acupuncturist for heartburn, you won't regret it.
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