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Acupuncture and pregnancy: a way to quit smoking

The birth of a healthy baby is a dream of every family. Therefore, when planning for pregnancy, it is essential to take care primarily about your own health. In recent years, there has been a frightening increasing trend in the number of smoking women, and, as known, this addiction is not so easy to give up. The harmful and destructive effect of nicotine on the body is undeniable, and during pregnancy the smoking addiction increases the risks of various complications several-fold. It has been shown that smoking during child-bearing can cause miscarriage in early pregnancy or premature birth at a later stage. Babies of smoking mothers are born weak and are frequently ill. To avoid such consequences, all future mothers have to quit smoking as soon as possible. Smoking is an insidious habit, which is often difficult to get rid of using only your willpower. When planning for a baby, male smokers have to give up the smoking addiction, just like women. Nicotine, besides its general negative impact on the body, adversely affects the quality of sperm. A man who smokes has a reduced number of sperm in the ejaculate and the mobility of the sperm is lower than normal. The more a man smokes, the less likely he is to father a child. Acupuncture (needle therapy) can help combat the addiction and get rid of the heavy shackles of this bad habit. Treatment of nicotine addiction with acupuncture is based on the impact on the points of the body, blocking an obsessive desire to smoke a cigarette. Acupuncture reduces the feeling of irritability and nervousness, commonly typical for a person who is trying to quit smoking. In each case, the specialist conducts therapy on an individual basis. The frequency and duration of acupuncture sessions depend on the unique features of the body and the patient’s smoking experience. A course of acupuncture therapy is beneficial for the health. This method of combatting the nicotine dependence is safe and pain free. Acupuncture sessions in iVF Riga clinic are carried out by a certified medical acupuncturist with years of experience in this field.

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