You may not realize this, but acupressure has been around for thousands and thousands of years. It’s also been used to help relieve pain for women in labor for just as long. However, that’s not the only way that acupressure can help you when you’re pregnant.
Some acupressure points help with nausea, heartburn, and morning sickness. Others can help make labor a less painful experience. Acupressure is a practice that can help with all sorts of physical ailments in a natural way, which makes it an excellent choice for anyone who is pregnant.
Acupressure Points to Avoid While Pregnant
Acupressure is a safe thing to take part in during pregnancy, but it should be limited to massages of no more than an hour. No more than about 15 minutes should be spent manipulating a specific body part since this can lead to nausea and pain. In addition, it’s best to avoid some of the acupressure points on the feet as they can induce contractions and labor.
Pressure Points for Nausea
Using pressure points can be helpful during pregnancy to avoid nausea and morning sickness. There are several options, and you can rotate through them to find the ones that work best for your needs. You want to apply firm pressure to the area for several minutes. This can be continued every two hours or during bouts of nausea for five minutes at a time.
One point that can help is about three finger widths above the transverse crease of your inner wrist, right between two tendons. Some wristbands press on this area to help with nausea, but there’s no need to do more than press on the area yourself with your fingers.
Another area to use is found on the lower edge of the collar bone, about two thumb widths from the breast bone. The final option for helping with nausea associated with pregnancy is near the ankle. You’ll want to apply pressure a thumb width below the bone that protrudes from the inside of your ankle.
Using Acupressure During Delivery
There are also pressure points that help with pain relief when going through labor. Keep in mind that everyone is different, so the right pressure point to use and how long you want to press on it will depend on your specific body. Consider what’s going on with your body when choosing the right acupressure procedure for your needs.
At the beginning of labor, pressing the large intestine 4 point, which is between the thumb and ring finger and about a finger width down, is the best option. It can be pressed by the pregnant individual and is useful for starting the labor process.
The pressure points in the lower back are also helpful when having major contractions to offer counter pressure. It may be needed to have someone else apply the pressure for the laboring woman. In transition phases of labor, pressing on the sole near the ball of the foot can help bring energy downward and resolve anxiety and stress.
Acupressure is a safe way to help prevent nausea, relieve pain, start labor, and help with contractions. It’s also entirely natural, so you can have peace of mind adding it to your labor plan. Consider adding it to your day during pregnancy and keeping it available for labor to make things go more smoothly.
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