Pregnancy and Acupunture

Becoming a mom or dad is a dream come true for many people…
But for millions trying to have a healthy pregnancy or even just conceiving can be a nightmare. 
Alicia Ewen joins reports on a unique treatment working wonders for some women. 
 
Many people can relate to the excitement that comes with a baby on the way. 
For Kristina Jopel, that excitement was cut short when her baby came too soon. 
“He was born ten weeks early”, says Kristina Jopel.
And then again, with her second.
“He was in the hospital for ten days with an infection,” says Kristina Jopel. 
And when trying for a third, just conception was tough. 
“I knew that some things are out of my control, but I knew what I put in my body, and the exercise and other things… I could control that,” says Kristina Jopel. 
So she changed a lot of what she was putting in her body to help her pregnancy along. 
No processed foods, more water, and needles. 
“So then she suggests acupuncture”, says Kristina Jopel. 
“You want to relax the area that you want relax, so I put two needles over the ovaries and uterus area and then one in the pelvic area,” says Rhonda Jolliffe, a nurse practitioner at Life Ways.
Now this isn’t the Chinese acupuncture you might be thinking about. This is a whole other form and it’s all about getting your body to pay attention to itself. 
“The theory of acupuncture is when you puncture your skin and kind of liken it to when you cut your finger…and these chemicals go rushing to that area and helps it relax and helps it heal naturally,” says Rhonda Jolliffe.
“We never fully knew what caused my premature births… but I had such high hopes,” says Kristina Jopel.
Those hopes were met a little over two years ago.
“She was the first baby I was able to take home,” says Kristina Jopel.
A big excitement for a mother.
Helped along by a hair thin bit of metal.
With Dustin Le, Alicia Ewen, KX News. 
 
Jolliffe says she has helped about 10 women get pregnant through acupuncture. 
But like we mentioned earlier this is only one change Jopel used to help her get pregnant.
Jolliffe also suggests staying away from processed foods and sugar. 
Even staying away from chemicals in make-up, lotions, and cleaning supplies can help ensure a healthier pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also help conditions like digestive or respiratory problems and even addiction.
 

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