Disorders During Pregnancy

Morning Sickness

Morning sickness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, although not all women experience it. Symptoms may range from mild nausea to very severe and frequent vomiting. It usually lasts up to three months, but in severe cases may go on longer, even the entire length of pregnancy. The intensity of morning sickness is obviously related to the pre-existing state of the woman’s digestive system. Furthermore, to treat it, we have to subdue rebellious Qi, harmonize the stomach, and stop the vomiting through acupuncture or herbal medicine.

Habitual Miscarriage

According to the knowledge of Oriental medicine, a miscarriage is as draining to a woman’s energy as labor. There is a saying that proclaims “a miscarriage is more serious than labor.”

The etiological factors are as follows:

  • From the fetus. Habitual miscarriage could be due to the mother being too old or ill while conceiving. In such cases, the fetus cannot develop normally and miscarriage occurs.
  • From the mother. The condition could be due to weak body constitution, excessive sex, emotional problems, a Warm disease contracted during pregnancy, falls, accidents, emotional shocks, consumption of certain drugs, or excessive lifting.
  • Kidney Deficiency which can be constitutional or from overwork. This leads to malnutrition of the fetus and failure in holding the fetus.
  • Blood Deficiency from a diet lacking in nourishment, so that the fetus is not nourished properly.
  • Blood Heat deriving from emotional problems or from a Warm disease is affecting the mother.

In the first three months of pregnancy, miscarriage manifests with abdominal pain, sore back, and steadily increasing vaginal bleeding with large clots. If miscarriage occurs after the first three months, vaginal bleeding is heavier and abdominal pain is more severe.

To treat above causes of habitual miscarriage, it is best if the woman does not try to get pregnant for at least six months, and preferably for a year.