February 18, 2019
Acupoints to avoid during pregnancy
During pregnancy, ladies may experience fatigue, sore lower back, and painful feet as their weight start to increase. Some expecting mothers may want to get a massage but are told not to during pregnancy in fear of miscarriages. From Chinese medicine perspective, we are not against massages during pregnancy but you should choose your masseuse carefully and choose ones that have pre-natal training and qualification. Let your masseuse know about your condition and avoid Great Surge (Tai Chong), Union Valley (He Gu), Three Yin Intersection (San Yin Jiao), Shoulder Well (Jian Jing), Solitary Yin (Du Yin), and Reaching Yin (Zhi Yin) acupoints as those have labour inducing qualities.
Aside from being careful with acupoints, you should be careful with the Shoulder Well points above your shoulder and avoid carrying heavy backpacks as the backpack strap can stimulate those points too.
To prevent and reduce sore lower back and shoulders:
– Avoid carrying heavy things
– Avoid sitting in the same position for prolonged period
– Avoid getting your lower back cold and keep warm
– Avoid wearing high heels