Hypertension / Pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a serious condition in pregnancy that involves high blood pressure (greater than 140/90 millimeters of mercury(mm Hg), as well as, high levels of protein in the urine.
Acupuncture treats the root causes and symptoms associated with pre-eclampsia and is especially helpful in reducing high blood pressure in the early stages. Acupuncture also regulates hormones and the immune system which can reduce edema, abdominal pain and headaches. It is also useful managing obesity and diabetes which can be associated with pre-eclampsia. Dietary measures may also be employed to address symptoms of pre-eclampsia.

Incompetent Cervix

An incompetent cervix, also called an insufficient cervix, is a condition that occurs when weak cervical tissue causes or contributes to premature birth or the loss of an otherwise healthy pregnancy. Many women are put on bed rest or modified bed rest at this time.

Acupuncture can be very effective at reducing the stress of this situation as well as bring strength back to the cervix and supporte the bodies capacity to hold and secure the pregnancy.

Threatened Miscarriage

Vaginal bleeding with or without abdominal pain and/or back pain can be signs of threatened miscarriage.
Acupuncture is a valuable tool for bleeding in pregnancy and threatened miscarriage and it fills a gap in conventional medicine which has limited treatment options for these conditions.
Acupuncture has been shown to stimulate beneficial hormones to help to stabilize the fetus and stop the bleeding. Moxibustion, herbs and other dietary suggestions may be incorporated into the treatment plan.

Stress and Miscarriages

Fatigue

Having a baby is exhausting. Both the long labour and or the sleepless nights can lead to fatigue. Once sleep deprivations take hold, it is difficult to fall asleep even if given the chance. Acupuncture is a great tool to restore energy and promote restful sleep.

It Is Stressful Trying to Reduce Your Stress

If you are trying to get pregnant, everyone will tell don’t stress out about it and it will happen. Maybe that is true, but it is a real challenge NOT to stress out. Everything is a reminder of what you are trying to achieve, the pregnant bellies walking down the street, charting your basal body temperatures, timing intercourse,PMS, and then the arrival of your period. The stress is real and sometimes unavoidable, but its how we process our stress that will make the difference.

Meditation is a great way to minimize stress, but lets face it, most of are not very good at it. I challenge my clients to find 5 minutes per day, usually before bed to find  some stillness. Now you can meditate during this time, or stare at a flickering candle, listen to music or watch the clock until your 5 minutes are up. But in just 5 minutes a day, you can reset your fight or flight response, reduce your stress hormones, and feel like you take on the world again.

Other things that will help with stress:

  • Practice yoga 1-2 times per week
  • Write down 3 things that you are grateful for everyday in a gratitude journal
  • Breathe in for 4 counts, hold for 8 counts, and exhale for 8 counts
  • Hang out in nature

Regulate your Hormones Naturally

I have recently seen quite a few clients who have recently come off the birth control pill and are finding that their menstrual cycles are very irregular with many hormone flucuations. For some women it can take up to a year for their cycle to find its natural rhythm.  Whether trying to conceive or just wanting to feel healthy I suggest to cycle evening primrose oil , fish oils and seeds to regulate your hormones naturally.

Oil Cycling
The rotation plan can be done according to either the menstrual cycle (if it is fairly regular) or phases of the moon (if the menstrual cycle is absent or too irregular)
* From days 1-14 of the menstrual cycle (or from new moon to full moon)
1-2 Tablespoon(s) per day of ground flax/ pumpkin seeds/ or Chia Seeds
Essential Fatty Acids – EPA/DHA 2,000 – 3,000 mg EPA/DHA (1,500 each)
(Flax and pumpkin seeds support the ESTROGEN dominant time of your cycle and balancing the omega 3 pathway.)
* From days 15 – 28 of the menstrual cycle (or from full moon to new moon)
1-2 Tablespoon(s) per day of ground sesame or sunflower seeds.
Evening Primrose Oil ( GLA) 500 mg
(GLA (rich in Omega 6s that contains linoleic acid) converts in the body ultimately to prostaglandins, hormone-like molecules that help regulate Inflammation and blood pressure as well as heart, gastrointestinal, and kidney functions
Sesame and sunflower seeds support the PROGESTERONE peaks of your cycle and balancing the omega 6 pathway.)

High FSH

FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) is a hormone released by the pituitary gland which stimulates the growth of follicles and has a role in the maturation of oocytes. The measurement of FSH levels in the blood is one of the most widely used tests to assess a woman’s ovarian function and is typically taken on day 2 or 3 of a woman’s menstrual cycle. If a woman’s FSH levels are above what is expected for her age, then she is considered to have “High FSH”.

Given FSH’s role in maturing eggs, you might think that high FSH is a good thing. This, however, is not the case. High FSH, also known as elevated FSH, indicates low ovarian reserve and significantly lower pregnancy chances with In Vitro Fertilization (IVF).

In general, under 6 is excellent, 6-9 is good, 9-10 fair, 10-13 diminished reserve, 13+ very hard to stimulate.

Although FSH can vary cycle to cycle, when working with a fertility clinic they go by your highest number.

There is limited treatments for women diagnosed with high FSH, however, DHEA supplement taken for at least 6 weeks and acupuncture has been shown to reduce FSH.