Acupuncture is a natural treatment method based on Chinese medicine that can be likened to physical therapy in that it is process-oriented. Patients undergo several acupuncture sessions over time while their body is moving towards the desirable results. Because of acupuncture’s strong ability to balance hormones, increase blood flow in the pelvic area, and reduce stress, it has been widely used to help women in their quest to pregnancy and beyond.
Patients are encouraged to have acupuncture sessions at least three months prior to conception to increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy. This is strongly recommended for women with fertility issues. Acupuncture can help with natural conception, in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor-egg IVF transfers, and even miscarriage.
Acupuncture for Miscarriage
Sadly, about 10-15% of pregnancies will end in a miscarriage. No matter when it happens in a pregnancy, miscarriage is a heartbreaking experience. In addition to feeling grief, it is common to feel confused about why it happened, and concerned about preventing future miscarriages. Women who have had a miscarriage have higher chances of miscarrying in future pregnancies. This is where acupuncture can help. By getting acupuncture treatment soon after a loss to support healing, you can reduce your chances of miscarriage, and finally succeed in having a healthy baby.
Acupuncture Can Help Women Who Have Miscarried
Miscarriage is a significant event for our bodies and our hearts. Even more so if surgery was required. It is common for prenatal care providers to support a woman very well during the miscarriage. But in the weeks and months following, many women feel alone and unclear about what to do to heal, and to prevent it from happening again. This ‘waiting period’ until you can try again is often filled with anxiety and confusion. Acupuncture can help you here.
Because of its gentle and holistic approach, acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment to support your body immediately after a miscarriage, and to help you get ready to try again. It can help re-balance hormones, reduce inflammation in the uterus, and give you a safe place to grieve and recover. Acupuncture is given in a relaxing, nourishing environment, and is well-known to reduce stress, anxiety and depression. The treatment sessions provide a quiet space to heal your body and your heart. Along with counseling, acupuncture can be part of helping alleviate the emotional and physical trauma of miscarriage.
In the months following a miscarriage, emotions and menstrual cycles can be fluctuating a lot. Getting regular acupuncture treatments for 3-4 months after a miscarriage can help your cycles regulate, and can help your moods to stabilize. While you will always be sad about what happened, you can get to a point where you’re ready and excited to try again. And you can be successful.
What Portland Acupuncture Studio Can Offer
We have many years’ of experience treating women during and after miscarriage. We start very gently with treatments to help with acute recovery. We help assure the miscarriage process is complete, and that your body has the resources it needs to fully heal. This involves helping improve uterine circulation, regulating hormones, and reducing stress and anxiety. In time, treatments focus on improving menstrual cycle health, and enhancing fertility to support you getting ready to try again. Everyone’s timing is different, but when you and your partner are ready to try again, we can help optimize each try so that your chances of miscarriage are reduced.
When you are pregnant again, we know that this is a delicate time. We can still treat you safely with acupuncture to help support the health of the pregnancy and prevent complications throughout. It is possible to recover from miscarriage and go on to have a healthy baby, and acupuncture can be an important part of helping you succeed in your family building.
If you’ve had a miscarriage recently…
Be gentle with yourself. Know that this is a real loss just like any other. Rest a lot. Take some sick days. Spend time with people who love you and who are supportive of you. Stay warm. Eat as well as you can, but don’t worry if you just want to eat cake and drink wine. Do your best. Seek counseling if you think you need it. Consider having acupuncture treatments. You can talk as much or as little as you want about what happened, and acupuncture will still work. We know how to help you. Please reach out.