Tuesday, September 30th, 2008 at 3:48 pm by EbonyMom
Natural health methods have been incredibly helpful for my family over the years. I credit the majority of my natural health exposure to our time living in Seattle where holistic is a widely embraced a way of life (at least in the circles we ran in). Supplements proved vital to everything from allergy relief to skin care although I careful to get medical advice about any potential interactions with medications, etc. After finding out I was pregnant I restarted my standard prenatal multivitamin, additional calcium, as well as quercetin to try to stave off the allergies. However time showed my sinus battle was being utterly lost I finally started researching other options and came across acupuncture.
My first trip to the acupuncture specialist proved to be one of wills. I was woozy my whole drive there, and sitting upright proved to only increase my nausea so I spent my wait leaned over in a comfortable chair. The doctor was very nice and asked me a wide range of questions about my medical history before beginning treatment. He also made sure to find out whether or not I have any fears about needles (which thankfully I don’t). I laid on my back for the first treatment and barely felt the small pricks of the needles as they were inserted on various points on my feet and arms. Shockingly within a few minutes the world suddenly felt like it had stopped spinning and my nausea subsided. I fell asleep with the small needles still working away and awoke to feel more clear headed than I’d felt in weeks. I went home and slept for almost 12 hours straight, deep luxurious sleep which left my body feeling fantastic. The next day I still felt bad but much less nauseous so I returned for another treatment.
In my subsequent treatments needles for sinus and allergy control were added (which did include a few in my face, but I promise they didn’t hurt). Each time I felt less and less nauseous and was surprised that the river of drainage I’d been battling seem to slow to a slight trickle. Unfortunately I awoke Sunday a sinus pain and drainage mess and couldn’t hold anything down, but thankfully the constant burden of nausea seemed to be lifted. Monday I went in for a 3rd treatment and the differences didn’t seem too apparent right away. The ground was definitely more stable thanks to the sea sickening nausea lifting away but the sinus drainage misery wasn’t going anywhere. I went to bed that evening not expecting much else to change but was awoken today to the most wonderous event:
My. Head. Was. Completely. And. Totally. Clear
Feeling this clear and alive is not an experience I’ve had in ANY of my pregnancies and I am truly grateful to actually be able to share this today. I don’t know how long this will last or quite frankly even care- right now I’m so ecstatically thrilled to be pregnant AND feel like a normal person that I am savoring each and every moment. It’s like the huge crushing weight of nausea, pain, and allergies have been removed and I still can’t get over how great it feels!
I can’t say I especially expected acupuncture to completely work and was just hoping for a tiny bit of relief, but my mind has definitely been changed. Thankfully our insurance includes full coverage of most natural therapies (including acupuncture) so I’ll be returning for many more visits in the future. I haven’t had an issue eating any meals at all today (and kept down all of my liquids too!) so who knows perhaps the 3rd time really is the charm.