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Beat Perinatal Stress: Acupuncture’s Role in Boosting Emotional Health

In this article we discuss the current reality in our society of Perinatal anxiety and depression.

What are the symptoms and what does this look like on a day to day basis.

Unbeknown to some, Chinese medicine has been helping transform people’s mental hygiene for centuries.

In recent years, Perinatal anxiety and depression has become a major public health concern—according to the huge impact on our community is growing.

Signs and Symptoms of Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

The signs and symptoms of perinatal anxiety and depression include:

  • Panic attacks
  • Persistent, generalised worry, often focused on fears for the health or wellbeing of the baby
  • The development of obsessive or compulsive behaviours
  • Abrupt mood swings
  • Feeling constantly sad, low, or crying for no reason
  • Feeling constantly tired and lacking energy
  • Losing interest in sex or intimacy
  • Being easily annoyed or irritated
  • Fear of being alone with baby
  • Intrusive thoughts of harm to self or baby
  • Having thoughts of death or suicide

These symptoms can vary and may include others—please refer to for more information.

Bringing a child into the world is a magical and wonderful thing to do: a time to relish with joy and excitement!

For as many as 1 in 6 people this whole process can be difficult and stressful.

The large shift in lifestyle may place a large demand on your mental health—starting with confusion and worry and resulting in anxiety and depression.

In our modern age, there is no denying that this time is extremely demanding for both parents. This strain leading to some less desirable emotional and mental states.

The problem is not just one of attitude but our approach to life. All our resources are now devoted to a new child—there is no user manual supplied.

During this time our old way of life can cause us to feel a sense of loss. We may not know how to move forward, resulting in a form of depression or anxiety.

These movements or lack thereof can be the foundation of our thinking and feeling. In Chinese Medicine, we consider this movement as energy within the body.

So, as well as family support, and a responsible education, to live our lives is important—we may also need some help. to get the correct energies flowing within us.

With this new focus, we can then take care of ourselves and our new child, anxiety free.

How Can Acupuncture Help Perinatal Anxiety and Depression?

The weight of perinatal depression is felt by expectant and new parents alike, underscoring the need for comprehensive support during this critical time.

Perinatal depression is a challenging experience that affects both expectant mothers and fathers. It’s important to acknowledge the emotional toll it can take during this crucial time.

By considering acupuncture within the framework of perinatal depression management, individuals can take a proactive stance in nurturing their mental well-being and embracing the transformative journey of parenthood with greater optimism.

As you are aware, life is a challenge. Together we can help you to rise to the occasion and approach it with the love and excitement that it deserves.

If you’d like to find out more about the benefits of Chinese medicine and acupuncture in treating emotional & psychiatric conditions, call us on 1300 432 639.

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Sustain Health
Sustain Health is a multidisciplinary, wellness clinic located in South Melbourne, Australia. We believe good medicine is about looking at the whole being, treating the person and keeping them well. We view each patient as an individual affected by their unique lifestyle, diet, environment, emotions and attitude. Every individual’s health needs a tailored approach to achieve better and sustainable medical solutions. Sustain Health currently offers its clients: * Fertility * IVF Support * Acupuncture * Chinese Medicine * Chiropractic

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