I was very naive when I became pregnant with my first child. I thought the only painful part of giving birth would be when the baby’s head comes out. How wrong I was…
Although I felt that I had prepared myself for birth with acupuncture, yoga, pregnancy massage and eating fresh organic food, once labour started I was in shock. I couldn’t believe how much it hurt.
Luckily with my background in TCM, I instructed my husband to press as hard as he could on the acupuncture points that supports labour and pain relief. I also gave myself acupuncture in the early stages of labour and 52 hours later, our daughter was born in a birthing pool in our living room.
I don’t think it was only down to luck that I had managed to have the birthing experience I had wished for.
I had prepared for pregnancy and labour by giving myself regular acupuncture as well as taking pregnancy yoga classes, I ate healthy and was active throughout the entire pregnancy.
Even though everything went well, I was left quite scared of the pain for my second pregnancy.
So when we decided to have a second child I wanted to be even more prepared. I took it to the next level and prepared as if I were to run a marathon, my first labour took 52 hours after all from start to finish. We took hypno-birthing classes and I found an amazing pregnancy yoga teacher. I read all the books I could find on home births and just like with the first time, I gave myself acupuncture throughout the pregnancy and labour. Our second child was born after a 9 hour labour and I found it much easier second time around although she was a massive 5kg.
I believe it is imperative for mothers to be to seek out information and prepare themselves physically and mentally as early as possible, even before becoming pregnant.
From a Chinese medicine perspective, it is important to to keep the qi (energy flow) and blood in harmony to ensure a smooth pregnancy.
Acupuncture can be helpful for these conditions during pregnancy:
Nausea and vomiting
Varicose veins, haemorrhoids and vulval varicosities
Urinary tract infections
Fatigue and exhaustion
Anxiety and depression
Vaginal discharge and itching
Breech and posterior positions
I didn’t know much about heavy metals and toxicity for my first pregnancy but as I had become more interested in child development I started studying about how the foetus inherits the mothers toxic load so I had myself and our first born tested. It turned out that we both had a higher than usual level of various heavy metals in our bodies. I put this down to the fact that both my husband and I are heavily tattooed and fully vaccinated.
Tattoo inks contain a wide range of chemicals and heavy metals, including some that are potentially toxic and Thiomersal (or Thimerosal) is a mercury compound used as a preservative in some vaccines.
So before becoming pregnant for our second child I took Zeolite (volcanic ash) to detoxify myself of heavy metals and other toxic load I was carrying. After our second child was born, we tested her for heavy metal and she is not overloaded with any.
Bio-resonance can be helpful in analysing whether a pregnant woman needs nutritional support, has a toxic overload or hormonal imbalances. It is safe and has no contra-indications.