Morning Sickness (also described in more detail here)
Symptoms: nausea, vomiting, general lethargy, strong food cravings or aversions
TCM Theory: As the chong mai is heavily utilized for the distribution of blood within the body the descending effect it has on the body may be disrupted leading to the counterflow of Stomach Qi and poor digestion. Emotionally, the spleen is related to worry and overthinking so a preponderance of those emotions may also disrupt the functioning of the stomach/spleen system.
Stomach and/or Spleen Qi Deficiency
Signs and Symptoms: slight morning sickness, if there is vomiting it may be small amounts and diluted, poor appetite, fatigue, feeling of cold, depression is also possible
TCM Theory: TCM looks at 3 "types" or "indicators" of miscarriage - one is vaginal bleeding, another is called "restless fetus", and another is "falling fetus". In general there is a weakness of the CV and Chong Meridians to gather Blood and nourish the fetus. A deficiency in the Kidney is most often behind these issues although, blood deficiency and/or spleen deficiency can also plan a role. Problems may arise from overwork, strong emotions, trauma, and excessive sexual activity within the first 3 months.
TCM Theory: Heartburn in pregnancy is related to both the physical changes of the abdominal area and stomach meridian issues, usually heat. Recommendations include eating smaller meals more often, avoiding coffee and chocolate, limit fluid intake when eating, avoiding spicy, fried and fatty foods and possibly being propped up when sleeping.
Possible variations include: Stomach Heat, Retention of Food in the Stomach, Deficient Stomach Qi - treatment is similar for all patterns
TCM Theory: Blood or Qi deficiency can lead to drying of the intestines and result with constipation. Qi stagnation is also possible during the first trimester as the fetus is growing and the abdomen is changing.
Signs and Symptoms: difficult, dry stools, pale complexion, blurred vision, tired, possibly depressed
TCM Theory: Hemorrhoids may arise from the changes in vasculature due to pregnancy, qi deficiencies can bring about weakness (prolapses), constipation as described above can lead to hemorrhoids and prolonged labor may also be a cause.
Possible variations include: Blood Deficiency, Heat in the Blood, Blood Stasis, Qi Stagnation and Damp Heat - treatment is similar for all patterns
Treatment Goals: Clear hemorrhoids and pathogenic factors