Miscarriage is not something that is spoken about readily and in the open.

Certainly, people who have miscarriages find it difficult to talk about the experience. The loss of a pregnancy can be devastating and it doesn’t seem like there is a person in the world who understands. It’s normal to feel a whole host of emotions if this happens to you.

Symptoms range from cramps and spotting to full contractions and labour. The emotional consequences are ones of grief, shame and inadequacy.

The experience can impact the whole family.

Why they happen

Around twenty percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage and can happen in the first three months of pregnancy.

The causes are many and include irregular hormone levels in the mother, some infections, abnormalities in the womb and certain medications. Smoking also increases the risk, as does alcohol and drug use.

You may not find out the exact cause of your miscarriage and it is quite common for medical tests to fail to explain the reasons why.

Most miscarriages can’t be prevented, but a nutrient rich diet low in refined carbohydrate and moderate exercise helps keep you healthy and well.

Not consuming certain foods and drinks are a good idea too. Alcohol, coffee and inflammatory foods should be avoided.

Thinking about getting pregnant again

After a miscarriage, many people will be anxious about getting pregnant again. Having doubts is normal, as you may feel that you could miscarry again. Taking time to think about your decision and discuss it with your partner is important, as it can take a toll on your emotions and mental health.

Rest and relaxation are the most important aspect of recovery and are often overlooked. The body after a miscarriage needs to time to heal.

How acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help in recovery and for future pregnancies

We practice gentle treatment for future pregnancies by combining carefully selected traditional herbal medicine and targeted acupuncture at our clinic.  Combining the two gives real strength to the treatment. Together they can help your body recover after a miscarriage by rebalancing your hormones and regulating your periods. They can also help bring strong blood-flow back to your womb and abdomen.

Treatment and lifestyle advice are intended to support each stage of a woman’s ovulatory cycle, since a woman’s chemical balance changes from week to week.

We also use temperature charting to access the health of a woman’s cycle. This is how minor abnormalities in a woman’s cycle are observed.

Some real-life success stories

Collette

Collette had had two consecutive miscarriages and feared she would never have children. When she booked an appointment at Cambourne Acupuncture, she was, in her own words “a broken lady”.

She goes on to say that “after treatment with Jane, my next pregnancy was to be a success and I finally got my rainbow baby. What [Jane] can do for you is priceless. Thank you so much for your help and support”.

Hannah

If you’ve had a miscarriage, or have been having difficulty getting pregnant, please do get in touch and we can discuss how we can help. You can click on the contact us tab to find out more, or you can book an appointment. We are currently offering a free consultation with your first appointment.

Migraine

Most people think of  migraines as a bad headache but there is more to them than that. For those of you who suffer with migraines, whether occasionally or frequently, that doesn’t begin to describe how they affect every part of your life.

The anatomy of a migraine

There are several types of migraine, but most are characterised by the severe pain radiating on one side of the head.

Typical symptoms of migraine are often experienced in phases, where people start to feel tired and irritable, then comes sensitivity to light, sound and smells, stiff neck and mood changes, followed by throbbing headache and fatigue. With some forms there can be pins and needles, numbness, nausea (vomiting even), disorientation or confusion.

All in all, it is a thoroughly unpleasant experience.

The migraine impact

The causes are numerous and individual to each person, but the impact on quality of life is much the same and always wide-reaching. Around 86 million workdays are lost in the UK alone, due to migraine. The cost in healthcare is about £1 billion.

This of course has an impact on the economy. Far harder to calculate is the far-reaching impact it has in other areas of people’s lives. It has effects emotional wellbeing, as sufferers are more prone to anxiety and depression. This has obvious consequences for them, their family and friends, as they are unable to fully participate in their lives, whether it be work performance or other activities.

If you don’t want to take drugs

So, what can be done to help alleviate symptoms and prevent occurrence of migraines?

Beyond using pharmaceuticals for pain relief, other interventions can be used to treat and prevent symptoms.

A healthy diet free of nitrates and trigger foods (diary in some) can help, while adding extra magnesium helps with prevention. Tracking your diet and noting what you were eating and drinking can help you narrow down what might be the triggers for your attacks.

Acupuncture for Migraines

In my practice, I have found acupuncture really helpful for my clients.

First of all, it can help with pain relief. It does this by stimulating the release of endorphins, those feel-good hormones, helping you to relax and rest.  Some medical studies have shown that low serotonin is sometimes linked to migraines and acupuncture can help to level that out.

It can also help considerably with the reduction in frequency of attacks, and the extent to which they affect you when they do occur. It does this by restoring healthy blood flow and reducing inflammation in and around your head and neck.

Shane’s experience

A client of mine, Shane, suffered with migraines regularly before she came to see me. Alongside excruciating headaches, she would experience violent vomiting. Her migraines would last for days and pain killers had no effect. But after just one session her symptoms began to improve immediately:

“The sickness went away and the headaches were much less severe. My treatment was weekly at first and after about 3 sessions my migraines went away.”

Shane continues to have occasional preventative sessions. She says:

I absolutely can’t recommend Jane enough and will continue to have treatments in the future.

Want to know more?

To learn more about migraines, symptoms, causes and relief, you can visit the link to the British Acupuncture Council factsheet. We are members of the British Acupuncture Council, the UK’s largest regulatory body for acupuncturists. That means you can visit us with confidence.

 

So if, like Shane, you are suffering with migraines, don’t wait to exhaust all the options before you get in touch with me. Call for an exploratory chat, or book here