By Zita West
ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and sensible advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard girls all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an remarkable wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a publication obtainable to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners masking body structure relating to being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture techniques and suggesting issues and aspect combos for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.
- Highly illustrated with precis packing containers and guidelines
- Covers dietary features of pregnancy
- Gives functional suggestion and guide at the use of acupuncture in the course of the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
- Uses case examples to extra illustrate the text
- Covers fresh advances relating to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune process and pregnancy
- Includes IVF pregnancies
- Glossary and appendix of valuable addresses
- Fully up-to-date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
- Nutrition and its impression at the foetus (new and constructing quarter of research)
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Indd 23 10/8/2007 5:56:54 PM 24 Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth The placenta The placenta is fully formed by the 12th week, and produces progesterone and oestrogen throughout pregnancy. It transmits vital oxygen and nutrients from the mother’s blood to the fetus via the umbilical cord, and removes carbon dioxide and waste matter from the baby to be processed by the mother’s liver and kidneys. It provides a barrier to many infections, it provides an immune barrier so that the mother’s body does not reject the fetus, and antibodies crossing from the mother give the baby passive immunity for the ﬁrst 3 months of its life.
She went on to have a healthy baby boy. Adverse effects of acupuncture Although I have treated many pregnant women, there have been only a handful of occasions when the patient has had any negative reaction. This has usually been at a ﬁrst treatment, when the woman was feeling frightened of the needles. Sometimes I think that as acupuncturists we forget how much people may worry before they come for a treatment! There have been a couple of incidents when a woman felt faint, weak and clammy. I have immediately taken the needles out, given her a glass of water and encouraged her to lie down for a few minutes.
Selenium Selenium is a trace element that may be necessary for normal growth. It is a powerful antioxidant (hence its reputation as the anticancer element) and a vital ingredient of an enzyme that helps the body to ﬁght infections. It is commonly deﬁcient in the British diet. Good food sources. These include tuna, herring, butter, wheatgerm, Brazil nuts, garlic and wholegrains. It is more effective when taken with vitamin E. Zinc Zinc and copper are antagonistic and, as copper levels rise naturally in pregnancy, zinc needs to be supplemented.
Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth by Zita West