Pregnancy & Fertility

Bringing a child into the world is a beautiful and amazing gift that women have the privilage to experience.  There are many natural, safe and drug free alternative therapies and treatments to ensure you and your baby are in optimal health before, during and after this wonderful time.

 

Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Naturopathic Medicine & Massage can all assist in a the many conditions related to pregnancy from fertility concerns, morning sickness, breech positioning and labour inductions. Our registered doctors and practitioners will work together to create a specific health plan ensure the best health possible for you and your baby .

ACUPUNCTURE

 

Infertility

Acupuncture, frequently combined with herbal medicine, has been used for centuries to treat some but not all causes of infertility.

Acupuncture is often combined with herbal remedies to treat the following infertiltiy disorders:

  • Under-functioning thyroid (hypothyroidism)

  • Over-functioning thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

  • Spasmed tubes (Spasmed tubes are often de-spasmed with acupuncture, though blocked tubes will not respond to acupuncture.)

  • Elevated follicle stimulating hormone (FSH),

  • Repeated pregnancy loss,

  • Unexplained (idiopathic) infertility,

  • Luteal phase defect,

  • Hyperprolactinemia (when not caused by a prolactinoma),

  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) with annovulatory cycles

  • Male factor including men affected with sperm-DNA-fragmentation.

 

Acupuncture is similar to physical therapy in that it is a process-oriented method of medical intervention. It is better to do more than less. Patients are commonly treated for three to four months before progressing to insemination, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or donor-egg transfer. This pacing of treatment seems to have a therapeutic effect.

 

Pregnancy

Acupuncture for pregnancy related conditions:

  • Psychological issues

  • Physical problems

  • Fatigue

  • Morning Sickness

  • Heartburn

  • Constipation

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Back Pain and Sciatica

  • Edema

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Rhinitis of pregnancy

  • Breech Presentation (feet first)

*The technique is most effective between the 28th and 34th week, up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. The optimal time for effectiveness is 32-34 weeks. Past the 36th week there is usually not enough room for the fetus to turn around.

  • Induction for post due date

  • Labor

 

Acupuncture for Post-partum disorders:

  • Fatigue

  • Postpartum vaginal discharge

  • Postpartum Depression

  • Mastitis

  • Insufficient or Excessive Lactation

  • Post Operative Healing

MASSAGE

 

Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the mother-to-be as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support. 

 

Benefits of massage during pregnancy:

  • Reduces swelling in hands, feet and ankles

  • Lessens sciatic pain

  • Eases muscular discomforts in areas like the low back & neck, calf cramps, it also helps with tension and tightening that can be experienced throughout the body

  • Tones lose muscles relaxes tense muscles and can help increase flexibility.

  • Helps with relaxation which in turn can decrease insomnia

  • Increases blood and lymph flow which can help increase the elimination of toxins through the circulatory and lymphatic systems.

  • Increases oxygen in the blood, sometimes on up to 10-15% after a massage.

  • Strengthens the immune system

  • Stimulates the release of endorphins, the body's natural pain killers, into the brain and nervous system.

  • Helps relieve anxiety or depression

  • Helps increase blood circulation, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the mother and baby.

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