Anyone who’s suffered from morning sickness knows it can strike at anytime. Morning, noon or night, this little blighter doesn’t know when to quit. When it comes on in the middle of the night it can be particularly challenging. What can you do? You are so tired and trying to get out of bed is unthinkable as your other half is blissfully unaware snoring away deep in their peaceful slumber.
This, my friends, is where acupressure comes into its own. In these little moments, a firm push on your favourite point will quell the endless waves and let you get some well-earned rest. The key is to find the point that works for you!
Acupuncture and Acupressure are based on an ancient Chinese medical system. Energy channels running through the body are diagnosed using signs and symptoms experienced and rebalanced using specific points. Modern research suggests that manipulating these points causes changes to hormone levels such as adrenaline among many others.
Specific research has shown that Acupuncture/Acupressure is a safe and effective treatment for nausea in early pregnancy and showed a positive effect when compared with no treatment and treatment using non acupuncture points. (2002, Smith)
Pressure point 1 can also be used for any other type of nausea and vomiting, such as motion sickness.
Acupressure Points for Morning Sickness
With each point, apply direct firm pressure with your thumb for up to five minutes at a time. For continuous action you can use sea bands on your wrist or special magnets. (Just ask your friendly, local acupuncturist for these!)
Pressure Point 1: PC-6
This point is located 3 finger-breadths away from the wrist crease, in between the two tendons in your forearm, which is roughly the centre.
Pressure Point 2:KID-27
To locate this point, locate the clavicle (commonly known as the collarbone). Find the midpoint between the throat and where your nipple line would intersect the bone. The point is located just below the bone.
Pressure Point 3: KID-6
This point is found on the inside of your ankle. Locate the bony centre (called the medial malleolus) and move your finger slightly downwards and back. The point is between the two tendons you can feel there.
These points are fantastic for mild-moderate morning sickness.
If you are suffering from more severe morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, I would recommend a visit to a BAcC qualified acupuncturist for more help.
If you would like some more advice about how acupuncture can help you during your pregnancy, contact Nicola at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized trail. Birth. 2002 Mar: 29 (1):1-9
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