MISCARRIAGE PREVENTION

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MISCARRIAGE AND ACUPUNCTURE

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A miscarriage is the loss of an embryo or foetus due to natural causes before 20 weeks of pregnancy. When the loss occurs in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, it is referred to as an early miscarriage. If the loss happens after this, it is called a late miscarriage. About 85% of the loss of the baby occurs during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Most miscarriages that occur during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy may occur because something was wrong with the foetus, for example, a birth defect or a genetic disorder. However, by addressing underlying imbalances in the body, a miscarriage can be prevented from happening.

By having regular acupuncture treatments, especially from early conception to 12 weeks of pregnancy, a miscarriage may be significantly reduced, and pregnancy can be supported to reach full term.

“From a traditional Chinese medicine point of view, if there is weakness in the body where the body isn’t at its optimum health, miscarriage is more likely to occur as the mother needs to be healthy to nourish the foetus.” 

THE BENEFITS OF ACUPUNCTURE

 Suffering from a miscarriage can be a very stressful and traumatic event. It can physically affect your body as well as your soul.  Acupuncture may be beneficial to regulate the body hormones (1). This may be particularly beneficial after a dilation and curettage (D&C) to prepare your body for your next pregnancy.  

Since acupuncture has been shown to have immune modulating effects (2)(3), this may play an important action on reducing the chances of the mother’s immune system rejecting the embryo in the early days of pregnancy. 

 Ideally, from 4 weeks-12 weeks, weekly treatments may optimize maternal health to sustain and stabilise the pregnancy. Research also shows that regular monitoring and reassurance reduces miscarriages rates in some patients. (4)

RESEARCH

  1. Cochrane S et al,  Evid Based Comp and Alt Med, 2016, Article ID 3587569, 11 pages. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
  2. Zijlstra F et al  Mediators of Inflammation, 2003, 12, 59 – 69
  3. Sun K K,  Hyunsu B Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical 2010, 157, 38-41
  4. 7. Liddell HS et al, Recurrent miscarriage-outcome after supportive care in a early pregnancy, Aust N Z Obstet Gynaecol.  1991 Nov;31(4):320-2.

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