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acupuncture and morning sickness

(9 Posts)
peanuthead Sat 11-Jul-09 10:58:38

Does it work?

I'm 6 weeks and the joy is starting again - last time I was house bound for about 10 weeks - I'm a mild emetophobe which doesn't really help.

We're very tight budgetwise but if it were to work I'd be more than happy to find the money somehow - DD can do without food for a few weeks. Actually if it gets as bad as last time she may well have to as I won't be able to even open the fridge..

Anyway - I digress. Does it work - if so how often, how many sessions? ANd those damned wristbands don't work on me as my wrist bones are too close together so that's not a cheap alternative.

Trikken Sat 11-Jul-09 12:14:55

It didnt work for me, but i know friends for whom it helped. my doctor actually did it so it was free, dont know if that had anyhting to do with it not working for me tho.

Thandeka Sat 11-Jul-09 12:34:09

I can't decide if it works or not. Have been having accu for 6th months now initially to help me concieve and I do love it but sometimes I am sceptical.

Had one session at 7weeks where they did points on my back and it totally took away my nausea and vomiting for over a week but I had asked them specifically not to treat the nausea then as I had an MMC at 10 weeks where emby stopped at 7 weeks so it was imp for me to still feel sick but somehow that treatment did it (unless it was something else that took it away). At 9weeks I asked them to start treating the nausea and I have felt a little better and was still sick a few times but I didnt feel quite so horrendous. I had accu on Thursday (10weeks) and have felt a little better since then (and started back to work this week too which a few weeks ago would have been impossible) but then I did throw up my dinner last night- but then again pizza was a mistake!

I say give it a go- you could always go to a college and get reduced price accu (I go to mine in North Finchley and its about £15 a session)

M78 Sat 11-Jul-09 13:03:07

It really worked for me, I had one session and I felt better straight away, I must say the sickness did not go completely, but it became manageable enough to allow me to continue with my daily life without feeling I was going to die. I went back again after 2 weeks as soon as I felt it was getting bad again and that was it. I paid £90 for 2 sessions, if you live in North London I could give you the name of the doctor I went to, he was highly recommended by a senior consultant at the Royal Free I used to see for my reflux problems.

greenbeanie Sat 11-Jul-09 16:38:31

I had acupuncture during my 2nd pregnancy as with my 1st I had been sick anything upto 6 times daily for the 1st 6 months and then at least twice weekly until I delivered.

I found it definately helped although I still felt quite nauseous I was sick about 12 times throughout the whole pregnancy. It was bliss when the needles were in as the sickness completely disappeared. I think it is definately worth a go.

pooter Sat 11-Jul-09 16:53:21

Ive been housebound recently with 'morning' sickness - but i went to the docs expecting to have to argue with him, but he immediately prescribed prochlorperazine, which has helped the nausea/sickness immensely.

I know - you probably want to steer clear of medication, but just thought id add my experience into the mix - not sure how i would have fed my DS had i not been prescribed this.

peanuthead Sat 11-Jul-09 20:16:49

Pooter - i'm more than happy to take meds - I took buccastem last time, think tis the same drug, but didn't do that much for me.

And of course - I can go to students! Never thought of that. Only problem is I'd have to cart DD along as don't know anyone in N London who could look after her and no training in S London. But will look into it as def worth £15 a session just to see if it works. £45 is more of a problem....

Will let you know how I get on....

GaribaldiGirl Sat 11-Jul-09 20:38:09

I tried it with my 3rd and 4th pregnancy after having terrible terrible debilitating nausea in my 1st and 2nd ones. I was nowhere near as bad, but have no way of knowing if the acupuncture was definitley the reason. also babies 1 and 2 were girls and 3 and 4 were boys so maybe that made a difference. Am about to have my 5th and didn't use it this time and nausea was quite bad. sleeping as much as possible is a help i find, not always easy to achive though! tonic water also seems to help a bit.

peanuthead Sat 11-Jul-09 21:00:55

5th.. good grief garibaldigirl, think I'd need a sleep too....

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