By Zita West
ACUPUNCTURE IN being pregnant AND CHILDBIRTH is a concise hugely illustrated and sensible advisor to utilizing acupuncture to regard girls all through their being pregnant and labour. Drawing on an extraordinary wealth of expertise as a midwife and an acupuncturist, the writer has produced a publication available to either acupuncture scholars and practitioners protecting body structure regarding being pregnant and childbirth, illuminating hyperlinks among Western wisdom and acupuncture ways and suggesting issues and aspect combos for specific phases and activities while pregnant and labour.
- Highly illustrated with precis bins and guidelines
- Covers dietary points of pregnancy
- Gives sensible suggestion and guideline at the use of acupuncture in the course of the 4 trimesters of being pregnant and labour
- Uses case examples to additional illustrate the text
- Covers contemporary advances when it comes to the results of aspirin and heparin to the immune process and pregnancy
- Includes IVF pregnancies
- Glossary and appendix of worthy addresses
- Fully up to date and revised all through to incorporate contemporary research
- Nutrition and its impact at the foetus (new and constructing quarter of research)
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13 kg (6 lb 9 oz) should be suspected of have zinc deﬁciency. ) Third trimester During the ﬁnal 3 months of pregnancy a baby grows faster than ever, doubling in size, laying down fat stores and putting on around an ounce (28 g) of weight a day. Nerve cells increase, the lungs and immune system mature, the digestive tract develops, bones are strengthened, and stores of fat, iron and calcium are laid down. Bones both lengthen and harden and there are crucial growth spurts in the brain. The mother needs approximately 200 extra calories a day, and the need for protein is at an all-time high (Ford 1994).
The cardinal rules are: 1. treat the body with respect and always be careful and considered in what you are doing 2. do not use any strong needle stimulation during pregnancy, unless you are doing an induction of labour, in which case strong stimulation is necessary. Points to avoid at all times during pregnancy include the following (Fig. 2). • LI-4 and SP-6: these points are used for induction with strong stimulation and should be avoided throughout pregnancy. They should also not be used if a woman who comes for treatment is unsure whether or not she is pregnant.
During the ﬁrst 20 weeks of pregnancy, the uterine muscles are stimulated by oestrogen to grow, after which progesterone relaxes the muscles and allows them to stretch. At term, the uterus must be able to expel the baby. So the muscular coat of the uterus has to change, in order that contractions in labour can generate sufﬁcient force. After 20 weeks, the circulating blood volume also increases sharply, with a rise of 50% in plasma volume and 20% in red cell volume. Uterine blood ﬂow in the pre-pregnant state is around 10 ml per minute.