Miscarriage, a heartbreaking experience for expecting parents, most frequently occurs during the critical first 12 weeks of pregnancy. Intra-uterine growth retardation (IUGR) and intra-uterine fetal demise (IUFD), conditions characterized by insufficient blood flow to the yolk sac and placenta, are significant contributors to early pregnancy loss.
IUGR is a condition in which fetal growth falls below the 10th percentile for a given gestational age, leading to the development of smaller-than-expected newborns. IUFD, on the other hand, refers to the unfortunate occurrence of fetal death within the womb before delivery. Both conditions share a common link: compromised blood flow to the to the yolk sac, placenta and developing fetus. Reduced blood flow often results in oxygen and nutrient deficiencies, contributing to miscarriage.
Enhanced Blood Flow: Acupuncture significantly promotes blood circulation to the yolk sac, placenta, and developing fetus by relaxing blood vessels and reducing inflammation. This increased circulation is vital for delivering essential oxygen, and nutrients, supporting fetal growth and development.
Stress Reduction: Pregnancy is a period filled with both joy and stress. Acupuncture is effective at reducing stress and anxiety levels, which can be a key factor in reducing the risk of complications related to IUGR and IUFD.
The Acupuncture Protocol
To address the concerns of IUGR, IUFD, and miscarriage prevention, a specific acupuncture protocol is followed:
Twice Weekly Treatment After Embryo Transfer: For those undergoing assisted reproductive technologies (ART) like in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intrauterine insemination (IUI), acupuncture sessions are recommended twice weekly for 13 weeks following embryo transfer or IUI.
Ongoing Treatment Until Pregnancy: If, unfortunately, pregnancy is not achieved after the embryo transfer, or insemination, acupuncture treatment is continued to improve egg quality and overall reproductive health increasing the chances of pregnancy at the next IVF or IUI.
Twice Weekly Treatment for 13 Weeks After Pregnancy Confirmation
After IVF or IUI, acupuncture sessions are continued twice weekly for 13 weeks. This is the most vulnerable time during the pregnancy. Acupuncture will reduce the possibility of first trimester miscarriage.
The journey from conception to a healthy pregnancy is often fraught with anxiety and uncertainty. Acupuncture provides an approach to addressing the challenges of IUGR, IUFD, which cause miscarriage. By optimizing blood flow, and reducing stress, acupuncture becomes a valuable addition to the arsenal of reproductive health strategies.
With twice-weekly acupuncture sessions, the goal is to send expectant parents’ home with a smile and a hug, helping to ensure a positive outcome for both mother and child.
In conclusion, acupuncture presents a promising path for preventing miscarriage, particularly in cases related to IUGR and IUFD.
Acupuncture's potential to improve pregnancy outcomes is an encouraging prospect for couples seeking a successful and healthy pregnancy.