When deciding to start a family, most of us review our lifestyle, diet and exercise regime to give ourselves the best chance of a natural conception. Some of us, especially if there have been issues with previous pregnancies, history of miscarriage or chronic health problems, will seek the help of medical professionals and take the more medicated route. Or, at the very least, make use of comprehensive diagnostics available to maximise the chances of health pregnancy. They are all very important steps, taken according to personal circumstances and valuable in giving you the best chance to achieve your dream.
Whichever route to pregnancy you take, the oldest healthcare system in the world, acupuncture, will be beneficial to your conception and pregnancy in many different ways. It is a safe, natural and holistic medicine model that reminds your body to do what it does best-works well and heals itself. Acupuncture has been used and increasingly researched in the West for the past 30 years, but used in China for centuries, and I have used it successfully to solve many issues of reproductive health of my patients for years.
Acupuncture scope of use in reproductive medicine is vast and all aspects of your health will be touched in some ways, as this medicine model treats the body and mind as a whole, and no elements of it remain untouched. Specifically, and depending on individual needs of any one of us, these are the main points of influence on your ability to conceive naturally:
Regulation of menstrual cycle so that it is easy for you to track your most fertile days.
Improving ovulation and boosting the egg quality, especially when combined with the nutrition planning.
Regulating your hormonal balance, reducing the incidence of PMS, headaches, bloating and breast tenderness that result from hormonal dis balance.
Reducing stress by switching off the sympathetic nervous system that produces adrenalin and cortisol and switching on the para sympathetic nervous system releasing the endorphins, feeling good hormones.
Stimulating the blood flow in the lower abdomen and pelvic area, bringing more nutrients and oxygenating the uterus, making it more receptive and embryo-friendly environment.
Improving sleep and therefore helping the regulation of the immune system.
When you decide to try acupuncture, always look for a qualified and experienced practitioner and bear in mind that this medicine facilitates your own body’s capacities to restore itself to balance, so it may take a bit of time to notice all the effects of it.
Depending on your specific symptoms and their manifestations, benefits of acupuncture treatments will be noticed differently. But, rest assured, you will notice, and you will get there, no matter during which part of your journey you take acupuncture on.
Gordana Petrovic BScTCM RSM MAcS is a reproductive medicine fertility and pregnancy acupuncture specialist, passionate about supporting natural conception and pregnancy through the science of Chinese medicine acupuncture and related therapies, as well as providing pre and post natal care for her mums-to-be.
With extensive clinical experience of over ten years and writing and lecturing for over twenty, Gordana helps her patients achieve their dream of family with second-to-none care and with a very high success rate. Backed up by the team of conventional medical specialists for advice on complex medical issues of her patients, Gordana is able to ensure that her patients have access to best of both worlds of conventional and complementary medicines through this partnership, should their case history so require.
Passionate writer since primary school, Gordana has a regular blog about all things life and fertility, and guest blogs for Doctify and My Fertility Specialist. She is a contributor to a book on use of acupuncture in pregnancy for The Blooming Bunch group, due to be published in April 2017.
Gordana is based in Central London district of Harley Street and quest consults in the Embryoclinic, Thessaloniki, Greece.