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FertilityPregnancy and nausea

Many pregnant women experience some nausea during their first trimester, but some of them suffer from Hyperemesis Gravidarum: severe nausea and vomiting throughout most of the pregnancy. It can be so debilitating that, as the woman featured in Metro magazine, they might consider termination.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum can be treated with several different combination of medications, some of them also used to treat nausea from chemotherapy treatments, but acupuncture can also be very efficient with minimal side effects.

Acupuncture may help to alleviate nausea and vomiting by:

  • Regulating gastric myo-electrical activity (Streitberger 2006)
  • Modulating the actions of the vagal nerve and autonomic nervous system (Huang2005)
  • Reducing vasopressin-induced nausea and vomiting and suppressing retrograde peristaltic contractions (Tatewaki 2005)
  • Regulating vestibular activities in the cerebellum (Streitberger 2006)

Feel free to get in touch for an informal chat if you are pregnant and suffering from nausea.

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