Acupuncture and Fertility: Everything You Need To Know
At 8-weeks pregnant, I could just about crawl to the acupuncture office down the street from my New York City apartment. I had been in the throws of morning sickness for weeks and was desperate for any relief I could find.
So I (somehow) made my way over, opened the door, climbed up on the brown chair, and looked at the acupuncturist sitting in front of me in pure, and utter helplessness.
Luckily, she welcomed me with open arms. Asking me about my symptoms, sympathizing with my experience and making feel like maybe, just maybe, I would feel normal again.
After our consultation, she took me into the back room to receive treatment. As I walked through the arch way, I was immediately welcomed with a serene atmosphere. A fluffy comfortable white bed, soothing instrumental music and not even a tinge of a scent to set off my nausea.
It. Was. Heaven.
As I laid there, supported by the surface beneath me, the acupuncturist explained what she was doing and why, as she gently placed needles in my feet, stomach, arms and hands.
She then left me there, for an entire 30 minutes of pure, uninterrupted alone time. And seeing that this was my second pregnancy, and that I had a 3-year-old running rampant at home, this was like a mini vacation for my soul.
Laying there, I settled into a state that I could only describe as meditative. I felt completely relaxed, yet alert. And I felt like I could feel myself healing and rejuvenating from the inside out.
When my treatment was over I felt restored. This experience left me both in awe of this ancient healing practice and completely intrigued by how and why it works.
Which is why, after I got through my first trimester and thankfully out of my daily morning sickness, I reached out to world renowned acupuncturist and founder of The Yinova Center, Dr. Jill Blakeway to learn everything there is to know about acupuncture and fertility.
I hope you find her interview below as intriguing, nourishing and eye-opening as I did.
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