What is Threatened Miscarriage?
Recurrent miscarriage or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL) is defined as two or more consecutive pregnancy losses. Most women who have had a number of miscarriages experience anxiety and depression and may be especially anxious about the prospect of trying to get pregnant again. Miscarriages are actually more common than we think and may occur up to 50% in the first trimester. Many women don’t realize that they are pregnant before miscarrying. The vast majority of women who have experienced a miscarriage go on to have a healthy pregnancy. Even women who have suffered multiple pregnancy losses have an excellent chance of carrying a baby to term.
At Acubalance, we do extensive testing and a thorough evaluation of your overall health inorder to identify any underlying reason for your miscarriage. This incudes tests to determine heavy metals, immune disorders, and hormonal imbalances. Stress and emotions may also play a role in miscarriage. Recent studies show that women who receive regular supportive care during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy can dramatically reduce their number of unexplained miscarriages. Such care includes regular medical and emotional check-ins with midwives or doctors and a regular practice of deep relaxation.
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Studies have shown that a combination of acupuncture, Chinese herbal therapy, and supplements can help balance hormones, correct deficiencies, and reduce the risk of miscarriage.
Acupuncture helps reduce the risk of miscarriage by:
- Increasing the blood flow to the ovaries to nourish the developing follicles and create better egg quality and embryos.
- Increasing blood flow to the testicles to improve sperm quality, optimizing the male’s contribution to embryo quality. This is particularly important in couples undergoing ICSI.
- Nourishing the developing fetus by improving the blood flow to the placenta and preventing uterine contractions.
- Regulating the body’s natural hormonal production, which in turn improves ovarian function, egg quality, and proper progesterone levels.
- Relaxing the body and reducing stress levels to prevent early uterine contractions.
How Chinese Medicine can Help
Just 20 minutes a day of focused breathing, listening to music, or being in nature can help you manage your stress. You may also want to consider meditation or practicing mindfulness. Other activities that can reduce stress are yoga, tai chi, cardio exercise, decreasing work commitments, and surrounding yourself with friends and family -- but make sure they don’t add to your stress!