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Placenta Previa and How Chinese Medicine Can Help

Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Placenta what?

Placenta Previa
Mama, you got this!

Placenta previa is when a women is pregnant and the the placenta has implanted at the bottom of the uterus, over the cervix or close by, which means the baby can't be born vaginally. There is partial placenta prevue and full placenta previa.

This can be scary because there is a chance of needing to be on bed rest starting at 32 weeks. Please don't stress! While there are no western medicine treatments there are other options.

Acupuncture, food therapy and moxibustion is my go to treatment protocol.

Good news, 2 out of 3 treatments can be done at home!

DU 20
DU 20 Acupuncture Point

You do this daily for 10-15 minutes on the top of your head. You can pick up a moxa stick from your local acupuncturist.

This paired with food therapy to support your digestive system. In chinese medicine we think about placenta previa as a spleen qi sinking or weakness. Your body cannot hold up the placenta so it is blocking the cervix. Eating foods that are warm like soups, stews, oatmeal, congee for those that are into it. There is a great congee recipe in the first forty days book by heng ou which I recommend for anyone who is pregnant to read I have it on my blog as well as another sweet style congee made with chia seeds. Other foods include orange and yellow vegetables like sweet potato, squash, peppers. ABSOLUTELY, no cold foods like smoothies, ice cream, ice water. Drink ginger tea as well. LIMIT sugar, dairy and greasy/fatty foods.

With the moxa daily and the food therapy that is the biggest thing and if you can go to a registered acupuncturist for acupuncture 1 x per week to strengthen your spleen qi that is even better.

Please reach out if you have questions or concerns!

Kelsey Bru is a licensed acupuncturist and TCM Herbalist in the Comox Valley, British Columbia. She loves working with pregnant mama's, mama's to be, fertility and women's health through her online articles and at her clinic, The Remedy Room, on Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay. Call for an appointment at 250-800-7738.

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