Pregnancy is a wonderful, joyous experience, and one that many women look forward to. However, those first few weeks and months can also be challenging as this is when pregnancy nausea kicks in, along with feelings of tiredness and exhaustion.
There are many natural ways you can alleviate these challenging symptoms of pregnancy, and acupuncture is one of them. Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice still used today for its powerful healing effects, and involves inserting needles gently into the skin at specific points of the body. Acupuncture should only be performed by a qualified practitioner, but you can still use the same techniques yourself at home by stimulating the points through acupressure, which is where you apply pressure to a point, rather than needles.
One acupressure point that is great not only in the early stages of pregnancy to improve morning sickness, but also useful at any stage to calm the mind, reduce anxiety, and to lift you up emotionally, is the Pericardium 6. Here’s a step-by-step of how find and stimulate it:
Step 1: Pericardium 6 is located three fingers breadth from your wrist on the palm side of your arm in between the prominent tendons. To find the right spot, first hold your hand up so your palm is facing you, then place the first three fingers of your other hand across your wrist starting from the base of your palm.
Step 2: Next, place your thumb just below your three fingers, and press gently with it until you can feel two large tendons. The pericardium 6 is located between the two tendons and this is where you will be applying pressure.
Step 3: Once you’ve located it, use your thumb to massage the pericardium 6 in a firm, but gentle manner using a circular motion for at least 2–3 minutes, then repeat on your other wrist.
You can use this technique as many times as you like during the day to help with nausea, or to help you relax. If you are using it specifically for morning sickness, you might want to use it as soon as you begin to feel nauseous and continue until you feel better.
I hope you find this acupressure technique helpful in those moments when you need it.Wishing you a healthy pregnancy, and sending lots of love your way during this exciting time.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Eva has been an acupuncturist for over 15 years and specialises in fertility and women’s health. She spent 14 years at the Zita West Clinic, one of the leading integrated fertility clinics in the UK, and now runs her own practice in London where she delivers, acupuncture, electroacupuncture, fertility massage, and laser therapy to optimise reproductive health and help women to conceive. To find out more, click here.