Oedema

Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine can be quite helpful in assisting in the shifting of fluid gathering in the feet and legs during pregnancy. Mild oedema during pregnancy is considered normal as the body works to deal with the increase of fluids that occur at this time, although your doctor or midwife should always be informed of such a development.  If oedema is persistent (in that it doesn’t disappear after rest or is present first thing in the morning) and is accompanied by rapid unexplained weight gain or facial swelling, you should seek medical advice as this may suggest the beginning of pregnancy induced hypertension.  Acupuncture and moxibustion treatment carried out within clinic and continued at home, can help to ease oedema by encouraging the movement of Qi and fluids in the body.