Supporting Women through Miscarriage with Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine

The Trials and Tribulations of Trying to Have a Baby…

the tribulations of trying to have a baby

For some people the highs and lows of starting or growing a family can be challenging. If you are planning your family then it may start with the excitement of trying to get pregnant, followed by the uncertainty and sometimes disappointment of not succeeding the first, second, or maybe even tenth try. When you finally learn that you are expecting, you are so happy (and maybe a little scared), you can’t wait to tell all of your friends and family the great news. The doctor often tells you to wait for three months before sharing and you are counting down the days until the big announcement.

Unfortunately, not everyone gets to share the big news or post their thoughtful announcement on social media. In fact, as many as one in four pregnancies end in miscarriage with 80% of these happening within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy. When this occurs in the first 12 weeks, it is termed an early miscarriage and may present with vaginal bleeding and cramping pains in the lower abdomen or back. It may also present as pain without bleeding, heavy bleeding without pain, or persistent light staining that is present for three or more days.

The term missed miscarriage refers to the discovery of an absent fetal heartbeat during a routine examination without any warning signs of bleeding or pain. In this case, the woman is usually left for a period of time to see if they will miscarry naturally or if a dilation and curettage (D&C) or labour induction is needed.

reflecting-on-miscarriageAlthough there are many different causes, Traditional Chinese Medicine sees miscarriage as a disharmony between the Conception and Penetrating meridians, as it is their role to gather blood and nourish the developing fetus. Often, this is diagnosed in addition to an underlying Kidney deficiency.

If you are having a miscarriage and it has been confirmed by your doctor that you are able to miscarry naturally, then acupuncture may be of benefit to you. It is well known that acupuncture can help induce labour but in addition it can be used to support the mental and physical stress that accompanies a miscarriage. Treatment generally consists of a few acupuncture appointments spaced close together, along with an herbal formula to help induce or complete an efficient miscarriage. Treatment allows the woman to take a proactive role in the miscarriage instead of waiting to see if a medical intervention will be necessary.

Following a miscarriage, acupuncture is great to help restore the woman’s mind and body and to increase fertility for a future pregnancy.

If this is of interest to you, consider booking an appointment with me. You can do so here.

Sources: Betts, D. (2006) The essential guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth. The Journal of Chinese Medicine.
Cheryl Lee

About Cheryl Lee

I'm a Traditional Chinese Medicine Doctor and Acupuncturist in Calgary at the Healthy By Nature clinic. I draw upon techniques and a methodology from a time-tested, 3000-year-old practice to bring your body back into balance with its health. I also write for the Acupuncture Calgary blog, here on the site. You can read more about me here.

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