Pregnancy & Post-Partum Care

//Pregnancy & Post-Partum Care
Pregnancy & Post-Partum Care 2017-05-16T19:54:11+00:00

Pregnancy Back Pain

For thousands of years, Traditional Eastern Medicine has been treating common discomforts during pregnancy.  However, except for the back pain due to pregnancy, we refrain from giving pain related treatments while pregnant.  Please consult with your practitioner for more details.

Pregnancy Eczema

Pregnancy can cause eczema, which is not uncommon, but its treatment should be considered with caution.  For example, a treatment may take place as usual for hidrosis or eczema of the extremities, but for breast eczema or other skin diseases that affect the trunk region, options will be limited depending on how far along you are with your pregnancy.

Postpartum Healthy Mother Program

Surely the newborn will require most of your attention, but It is important to tend to your own health conditions as well, considering your body’s precarious state after giving birth.  Loose joint ligaments increase chances of injury, hormonal imbalance can cause mood disorders, breastfeeding and taking care of the baby, and recovering from the taxing process of childbirth or C-section, are all extremely demanding for the body and the mind.  Therefore, in some cultures, such as in East Asia, the mother is kept from physical activity for the first 3 weeks after birth.

And our Healthy Mother Program is designed with new mothers’ wellbeing in mind.  By providing acupuncture, herbal medication, AMA therapy, and postpartum acupressure therapy, we aim to help new mothers recover from the rewarding but intense experience of giving birth, and provide them with the best possible care and support they deserve.

Postpartum Depression (PDD)

After giving birth, you may experience mood swings.  Being happy one second, and enraged or depressed the next.  And you may also lose your focus, appetite, and sleep.  Such symptoms are natural part of early motherhood and usually they go away 10 days after the delivery.  However, some women have a far more intense experience and the symptoms could last for more than 10 days.

When women experience moderate to severe depression after giving birth, we call this postpartum depression (PPD). And PPD can occur right after delivery, or even a year later. But most of the time, the symptoms can be observed within the first 4 weeks after the delivery.

  • Experienced postpartum depression from a previous birth
  • Has had depression not related to pregnancy
  • Experienced severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Is going through a difficult or stressful marriage or relationship
  • Lacks supportive social and family connections
  • Suffers from internal disorders such as, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or an infectious disease
  • Suffers from psychiatric disorders such as chronic anxiety disorders, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Has a history of alcohol or drug abuse

Understanding PDD Through Traditional Eastern Medicine

Traditional Eastern Medicine diagnoses the root cause of PDD as blood deficiency due to excessive blood loss during childbirth, and it tends to be more severe for women with pre-existing blood deficiency.  And this blood deficiency is likely to cause blood stasis in other organs, such as liver and kidney, and eventually develop into a yin deficiency.

  • Feeling sad or hopeless
  • Apathetic to the newborn
  • Excessive crying
  • Anxiety, irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of willpower, appetite, and energy
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling worthless or guilty
  • Sudden weight loss or gain
  • Postnatal depression responds very well to acupuncture and herbs, and in many cases, it can be treated in a short amount of time.
  • Postnatal psychosis is more difficult to treat and in severe cases, herbal treatment should be combined with Western medication, especially if the mother is suicidal or destructive towards the baby.