Treating Nausea, Vomiting, and Migraines in Pregnancy



The good news is here! You’re pregnant! Whatever your fertility journey has been, this is something to celebrate. However good you’re feeling… you could also really NOT feel good.


Baby planning and baby making is a big lesson in learning to release control. It is also a big lesson in learning to ask for support.


And when you’re feeling tired, in pain, constantly nauseous, headache-y: you need that support.


Sometimes it can be hard to find that support during pregnancy, as we want to be able to implement something to help you, while also not affecting the progress of pregnancy.


Thankfully, there is acupuncture.


In this study, women between 8-12 weeks of pregnancy with headache, nausea, and vomiting. They underwent 6 acupuncture sessions (4 sessions for 2 weeks, then 2 sessions, once a week). Each session lasted 30 minutes and used 6 acupuncture points.


The results from baseline to week 4 of treatment:

- Intensity of nausea gradually diminished over the weeks, from approximately 9.25 to 3.2

- Number of daily episodes of vomiting decreased from approximately 21 to 5.4

- Intensity of migraine attack decreased from approx 7.5 to 2.4

- Number of migraine weekly attacks from 3.8 to 1.3


In conclusion:

Use of acupuncture during the first trimester of pregnancy can bring rapid relief of nausea, vomiting, and migraine attacks.


This is important due to the limited range of pharmaceutical options available, not to mention how hard it is to even keep those prenatals down, when you’re experiencing intense nausea and vomiting.


I love that acupuncture is there for you, when all thoughts of feeling good may be lost. You deserve to have options and you deserve to be heard.