Pregnancy & Post-Partum Care

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Pregnancy Back Pain

Although Traditional Eastern Medicine has been treating issues that arise commonly during pregnancy for thousands of years, at Bliss Acupuncture Wellness Clinic, we do not usually treat pregnant women except for back pain. Please consult with your practitioner for more details.

Pregnancy Eczema

Pregnancy causes eczema to occur with people who have not had problems before. However, not all normal treatment methods can be applied to pregnant women. For hidrosis or eczema of the extremities, treatment may take place as usual, yet for breast eczema or other skin diseases that affect the trunk region, options will be limited, depending on how far along you are with your pregnancy. Please consult with our practitioners for more details.

Postpartum Healthy Mother Program

While the newborn will require most of your attention after birth, it is important not to overlook your own health condition. A woman’s body is in a precarious state, especially after childbirth. Loose joint ligaments increase chances of injury; hormonal imbalances cause mood disorders; breastfeeding, taking care of the baby, and recovering from the taxing process of childbirth or a C-section causes physical and mental duress.

In some cultures such as East Asia, South America, an Africa, the mother is kept from physical activity for the first three weeks after birth. In the case of South Korea, after birth centers with full room service and 24-hour newborn daycare with licensed pediatric nurses are in high demand to provide new mothers with the best care.

Our Healthy Mother Program provides acupuncture, herbal medication, AMA therapy and postpartum acupressure therapies to specifically help women recover from the rewarding but intense experience of giving birth. Through our program, women may focus on their newborns while our practitioners help take care of the mother’s physical and mental wellbeing.

Postpartum Depression (PDD)

Women experience mood swings or the baby blues after having a baby. They can be happy one second, and enraged or even depressed the next. This causes problems as they lose their focus, appetite, and sleep. This is a natural part of early motherhood and usually goes away ten days after delivery.

However, some women experience a far more intense version of the baby blues, lasting for more than ten days. When women experience moderate to severe depression after giving birth, we call this postpartum depression (PPD). PPD can occur right after delivery, or even a year later. Most of the time, however, these symptoms can be observed within the first four weeks after delivery.

There are key neurochemical differences between a person suffering PPD and those who are not. Chances are, PPD will more likely occur in a person who:

  • Experienced postpartum depression from a pervious birth
  • Has had depression not related to pregnancy
  • Experienced severe premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Is going through a difficult or stressful marriage or relationship
  • Lacks supportive social and family connections
  • Suffers from internal disorders such as, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, diabetes, or an infectious disease
  • Suffers from psychiatric disorders such as chronic anxiety disorders, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Has a history of alcohol and drug abuse

Understanding PDD Through Traditional Korean Medicine

  • Traditional Korean Medicine diagnoses the root cause of PDD as blood deficiency due to the excessive blood women lose during childbirth. PDD may be more sever for women with pre-existing blood deficiency.
  • A deficient heart fails to tame and protect the mind, which becomes depressed and anxious. Also, this blood deficiency may develop into a Yin deficiency or blood stasis to other organs such as, the liver and kidney.

Symptoms

  • Feeling sad or down often
  • Apathetic towards the newborn
  • Excessive crying
  • Anxiety, irritability, restlessness
  • Loss of willpower, appetite, and energy
  • Insomnia
  • Feeling worthless, hopeless, or guilty
  • Sudden unexplained weight loss or gain

Prevention

  • Postnatal depression responds very well to treatment with acupuncture and herbs and, in the majority of cases, is treated in a short amount of time to a few months.
  • Postnatal psychosis is more difficult to treat and, in severe cases, herbal treatment should be combined with Western medication, especially if the mother is suicidal or destructive towards the baby.