Achieving pregnancy after miscarriage with acupuncture and Chinese medicine
If you have sadly experienced a miscarriage and are wondering whether you will ever be able to have a baby you will probably be experiencing a variety of emotions. Perhaps you may have conflicting feelings – grief for the lost baby and excitement and guilt about the possibility of trying again. Any feelings that you have are perfectly natural and it is important that you treat yourself gently and with kindness at this time. In this article we will explore the subject of getting pregnant after miscarriage and find out how acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you through this difficult time.
Miscarriage is the loss of a pregnancy during the first 23 weeks. Sadly miscarriages are relatively common, with an estimated 1 in 6 pregnancies ending in this way. When miscarriage occurs, especially during early pregnancy, it’s common for bleeding to damage uterine tissue. The womb (uterus) is important to conceiving again because it acts as a nourishing environment in which a fertilized egg can implant, grow, and eventually birth a healthy baby.Though a woman might not realize symptoms from damage until she attempts to conceive once more, her body will have already been affected.
Causes of Miscarriage According To Chinese Medicine
There are a variety of TCM explanations for miscarriage:
- Blood and Qi : Blood and Qi play essential roles in sustaining a pregnancy. A mother’s energy – or Qi – needs to be sufficiently strong to ensure that her Blood is filled with nutrients and also circulates effectively. A miscarriage can result if her Blood becomes deficient or her energy levels decrease to a point that her body can no longer sustain her pregnancy. This stagnation can disrupt the nourishment of the developing fetus and lead to its loss.
- Liver Qi Stagnation: Emotional factors, such as stress, frustration, or anger, can lead to Liver Qi stagnation. This stagnation may block the smooth flowing of energy as it moves around the body, and pinch off the energy that is required for pregnancy. Negative emotions such as stress exacerbate the problem as they can prevent the Liver from functioning correctly, leading to Liver Qi Stagnation. This has a negative impact on the both the quality and the circulation of Blood as it travels around the body, potentially leading to miscarriage.
- Kidney Deficiency : A deficiency in a woman’s Kidney energy may also result in a miscarriage. Women with this type of deficiency may have irregular menstrual cycles or she might not always ovulate. Kidney deficiency can be congenital or it can develop due to working too hard or being too stressed for a prolonged period of time. In addition, engaging in excessive sexual activity can deplete your Kidney energy.
- Spleen Imbalance: During pregnancy all of the body’s organs need to work together in synchronicity in order to maintain a pregnancy. A weakness in any one organ may result in a miscarriage. If for example there is a weak Spleen nutrients from ingested food will not be properly transformed into usable energy to develop a thick uterine lining that is capable of sustaining a pregnancy to full term.
- Cold and Heat Imbalances: An excess of cold or heat in the body can disrupt the balance necessary for the healthy development of a fetus. For instance:
Excess Heat – During pregnancy, poor rest and doing heavy lift or overexercising, or experiencing stress can trigger a buildup of heat, This excess heat can also overly stimulate the developing fetus, resulting in rapid but abnormal development that can impact a healthy pregnancy.
Cold – Chinese term “cold uterus” is a description of poor uterus health condition. When a cold uterus happens, it often causes poor delivery of nutrients to the fetus. Coldness causes contractions and restricts oxygen circulation. Additionally, it can establish a cramped and unwelcoming uterine environment, making it challenging for the embryo to successfully implant and thrive. This cold environment is linked to delayed development.
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It is important that you seek help and support after a miscarriage. In addition to providing you with a confidential and safe space to share how you feel, an experienced and fully qualified acupuncture practitioner will be able to offer a variety of treatments that can help your body and mind to recover. Acupuncture after miscarriage can help you to recover from the loss and to help you to progress through the grieving process.
Traditional Chinese medicine recommended in the early stages of miscarriage, wait at least 1 to 2 months before conceiving again. For late-stage miscarriage, I would advise to rest for 5 to 6 months before attempting pregnancy once more.
Pregnancy after miscarriage – How can acupuncture for miscarriage help?
Once a woman is ready to try for pregnancy after miscarriage, it is important that treatment focuses on building up her energy levels – three months of treatment will put her in the best possible position to sustain a full-term pregnancy. Pregnancy after miscarriage is possible – and acupuncture can help.
If you are seeking acupuncture after miscarriage your practitioner will employ a number of TCM techniques to diagnose the underlying imbalances in your system that previously resulted in miscarriage. A course of treatment will then be devised. At GinSen, a typical treatment schedule may require twice acupuncture weekly for two weeks, followed by a series of weekly treatments.
Acupuncture work by promoting better circulation, balancing the body’s energy (Qi), and addressing specific imbalances that might be contributing to fertility issues. Here’s how acupuncture can potentially help in getting pregnant after a miscarriage:
- Regulating Hormones: Acupuncture is thought to influence the body’s hormonal balance by stimulating specific points that are connected to the endocrine system. This can help regulate menstrual cycles, promote proper ovulation, and improve the overall hormonal environment for conception.
- Improving Blood Flow: Acupuncture can increase blood flow to the reproductive organs, including the uterus and ovaries. Improved blood circulation brings more oxygen and nutrients to these organs, creating a healthier environment for the development of follicles, eggs, and the uterine lining.
- Supporting the Uterine Lining: Acupuncture may enhance the quality of the uterine lining, ensuring it’s receptive to embryo implantation. This is crucial for successful pregnancies.
- Enhancing Egg Quality: Acupuncture might contribute to better egg quality by improving the microcirculation around the ovaries and follicles. This can potentially lead to healthier eggs for fertilization.
Acupuncture after miscarriage can help in numerous and research backed ways in-cluding:
Get pregnant after miscarriage – Other natural treatment
While acupuncture is effective in treating and preventing complications due to miscarriage, there are other treatment such as natural remedies, moxibustion – a warming treatment that helps to rebuild your energy. These treatment can also be used in combination with or as an alternative to acupuncture. In addition your practitioner may make recommendations to your diet and lifestyle. In this way we will be able to rebuild a woman’s energy, assist in re-establishing normal hormone levels, decrease stress while support reproduction system health. As a result, these treatment may increase your chances of getting pregnant after miscarriage.
Getting pregnant after miscarriage: Lifestyle and dietary advice
In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), diet plays a significant role in promoting overall health and supporting specific conditions, including fertility and pregnancy.
- Nourishing Foods: Focus on foods that nourish the body and support blood and Qi (vital energy) production. Include whole grains (such as brown rice and quinoa), lean proteins (chicken, fish, tofu), legumes, nuts, seeds, and plenty of vegetables.
- Blood-Nourishing Foods: Foods that are rich in iron and promote blood production are beneficial. Incorporate dark leafy greens (spinach, kale), red and black beans, beets, black sesame seeds, and organ meats (if you consume them).
- Dampness-Reducing Foods: TCM views excessive dampness in the body as unfavorable for pregnancy. Limit the consumption of greasy and fried foods, dairy, sugar, and overly processed foods. Opt for steaming, boiling, and lightly sautéing cooking methods.
- Warm and Cooked Foods: TCM advises consuming warm and cooked foods, as they are easier for the body to digest and assimilate. Raw and cold foods can weaken the digestive system and potentially affect fertility.
- Foods to Support Kidney Qi: Kidney health is crucial in TCM for reproductive function. Incorporate foods that nourish Kidney Qi, such as black beans, kidney beans, walnuts, bone broth, and foods that are slightly salty in moderation.
- You also might like to try Chinese Motherwort which is a popular herb that balances female hormones, treats heavy flow with clots and regulates irregular menstrual cycles. It also unblocks channels of energy and eases the flow of energy.
Chinese Motherwort (Yi Mu Cao)
Yi Mu Cao or Chinese Motherwort is a popular Chinese herb to balance women’s hormones. Chinese Motherwort Medicine can be used to balance overall hormones due to its ability to soothe blood stagnation. It effectively helps with irregular menstrual cycle, amenorrhea, postpartum abdominal pain, heavy flow with clots, fixed abdominal masses, fertility and traumatic pain. This powerful herb can also be used for targeted relief and support with fibroid and endometriosis.
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For more information about how Chinese Medicine can help in getting pregnant after miscarriage, book your free consultation with our Chinese Medicine experts today.
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We can’t guarantee the treatment result, as the symptoms of conditions are unpredictable and vary greatly from person to person. The treatment length and recovery time also varies for individual. Please visit our clinics website: GinSen where a specialists will discuss your care and provide a consultation, and the treatment will be designed to meet your individual needs.