By Zita West

ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and useful advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard ladies all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an extraordinary wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a booklet obtainable to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners masking body structure on the topic of being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture techniques and suggesting issues and aspect combos for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.

  • Highly illustrated with precis containers and guidelines
  • Covers dietary facets of pregnancy
  • Gives functional suggestion and guideline at the use of acupuncture in the course of the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
  • Uses case examples to extra illustrate the text
  • Covers fresh advances with regards to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune procedure and pregnancy
  • Includes IVF pregnancies
  • Glossary and appendix of necessary addresses
  • Fully up to date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
  • Nutrition and its influence at the foetus (new and constructing zone of research)

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I use moxa: • to turn breech babies • for backache and sciatica where large areas of the back are cold • for anaemia or Blood deficiency, placing small moxa cones on points such as BL-17 prior to needling. 1 A 40-year-old woman came to me with an irregular cycle and bleeding between periods. Her mother had died of cervical cancer and she was convinced that she herself was suffering from this disease. When I asked her about the possibility of being pregnant, she was adamant that she was not. I explained the points I could not use and gave her a first treatment.

Indd 36 10/8/2007 5:56:55 PM ❦ 3 Nutrition in pregnancy Chapter outline The developing fetus Western viewpoint of optimum nutrition in pregnancy Women at risk A healthy diet 37 What is happening each month First trimester Second trimester 38 Third trimester Vegetarians 38 Nutrition for labour Postnatal nutrition 39 39 Foods to avoid Chinese viewpoint of a balanced diet Internal organs affected by taste Food for conception and pregnancy 40 40 41 Why a well-balanced diet may still be inadequate Health risks 41 41 43 45 47 47 48 48 48 What a woman eats during pregnancy affects not only her own state of health but that of her baby as well.

For example, a recent animal study has shown that a reduced intake of protein during pregnancy can cause elevated blood pressure and impaired glucose tolerance and increase the chance of obesity in offspring (Delisle 2002). indd 37 10/10/2007 4:44:45 PM 38 Acupuncture in pregnancy and childbirth Why a well-balanced diet may still be inadequate The type and quality of food that we eat have changed enormously in the last 50 years. Although there’s a far bigger range of foods available on supermarket shelves today, methods of food production and preservation mean that very few products have been grown locally, and many are shipped in from the other side of the world.

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