Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy

Nausea, with or without vomiting, is a very common symptom that affects at least half of all pregnant women during the first trimester of pregnancy, and sometimes beyond. Often referred to as morning sickness, it can however occur at any time of the day. Though usually not harmful, it can significantly affect a pregnant woman’s day to day life.

Signs & Symptoms of Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy

To our knowledge, the women suffering from this condition very often experience:

  • Mild nausea, sometimes stronger in the morning
  • Vomiting
  • Food cravings or aversion
  • Sensitivity to smells
  • Changes in the sense of taste
  • Digestive symptoms such as heartburn or acid reflux

 

In some cases, more severe symptoms can appear, accompanied by weight loss, abdominal pain, low blood pressure, fever, diarrhea and signs of dehydration that may require hospitalization.

Causes of Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

In our experience, possible triggers of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy include:

  • Fluctuations in hormone levels
  • Strain on the digestive system due to the pregnancy
  • Stress or fatigue
  • Bacterial infections
  • Mild dehydration

 

Women with a history of motion sickness or menstrual migraines, and who are pregnant with more than one child are more at risk of developing the condition.

How we treat Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

At the Nei Jing center, our results have shown that Chinese medicine can significantly alleviate symptoms of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy:

  • Acupuncture and laser acupuncture will correct disharmonies at the root of the condition
  • Nutritional advice will help to reduce strain on the digestive system
  • Chinese herbs can help to strengthen digestive function.

 

At our clinic in Jerusalem, we use these method in combination with Tuina massage, cupping and reflexology, to reduce the severity as well as the frequency of symptoms, and improve each of our patients’ quality of life.



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Lead Practitioner
Shimon Paul Friedlander

People Say

My first pregnancy was fine, but during the second I had a very bad case of morning sickness. It lasted about three months before I decided to do something, because I was exhausted. My new midwife told me to try acupuncture. At Nei Jing, I did laser acupuncture, a gentle method that doesn’t sting at all. After every session, I left the clinic very relaxed, and hardly ever had an episode again after that.
Olivia J.
Patient

People Say

When I was pregnant with my first son, I had nausea so bad that I wouldn’t call it morning sickness anymore. Sometimes it lasted all day, and on top of that there were so many foods that I couldn’t eat anymore without having an allergic reaction. When I reached the second semester and it was still happening, I went to Nei Jing. With acupuncture, and some herbal teas, I started to feel better. Most of the symptoms stopped after about two weeks, and the rest of the pregnancy went without issues.
Ayelet S.
Patient