Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner believes that women’s menstruation is based on blood, and blood during pregnancy is used to nourish the fetus. The blood in childbirth is turned into productive force. Yin blood is needed to moisturize the birth canal. Postpartum milk and blood are homologous. Therefore, women’s unique physiology, such as menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and milk, all use blood, which is easy to consume blood, and the female body is often in a state of insufficient blood.
In general, women with blood deficiency often see pale or chlorosis, pale lips and nails, numb limbs, cold hands and feet, dizziness, palpitations, and insomnia. Women with blood deficiency have menstrual disorders, such as delayed menstruation, low menstrual flow, light menstrual color, and menstrual dysmenorrhea. When women with blood deficiency give birth to fetuses, they are more prone to accidents such as pregnancy abdominal pain, fetal movement, abortion, and miscarriage than normal women because of the inability of blood deficiency to raise the fetus.
There is a saying in Traditional Chinese Medicine “Nourish yourself before planting seeds,” meaning, couples should take care of their own state of body before conception. The quality of their own state before conception determines the innate physique of the fetus. Therefore, for every mother-to-be, proper blood supplementation during pregnancy, whether from the perspective of improving and strengthening the physique of mothers-to-be, or preparing for future pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, as well as to strengthen the child’s body. So, how should an expectant mother replenish blood during pregnancy? Dr. Yang, a professional Chinese medicine practitioner will share a real case study below.
病例 Case Study：
Ms. Chen, a 28-year-old female, is 163cm (5ft 4in), 45 kg (99 lbs.), and is an office employee. Ms. Chen is usually busy with work, eats irregularly, and often eats fast food. Often stays up late at night, sleep quality is not very good, not easy to fall asleep, and easily awaken. Sometimes, she feels dizzy. Ms. Chen’s menstrual cycle is not accurate, often postpone, and the menstrual flow is light. She plans to have a baby in half a year and is currently preparing her body for pregnancy. Per her pre-pregnancy physical examination, no liver and kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, or uterine fibroids. How should Ms. Chen prepare for her pregnancy?
杨医生 Dr. Yang:
Analyzing Ms. Chen’s situation, she is busy with her daily work, eats irregularly, and often eats fast food. Considering that Ms. Chen’s daily diet is not regular and nutritious, such a long-term diet will easily lead to blood biochemical changes in the future. Insufficient, there is blood deficiency. In addition, Ms. Chen usually stays up late, and traditional Chinese medicine practitioner believes that staying up late can easily damage the yin blood and aggravate the symptoms of blood deficiency. Ms. Chen’s diet, life and rest in the long run will easily lead to insufficient blood production, aggravating women’s blood deficiency caused by physiological phenomena such as menstruation, pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. Ms. Chen felt dizzy from time to time due to deficiency of blood and lack of nourishment. Based on the understanding of traditional Chinese medicine on the physiological characteristics of women and Ms. Chen’s own physique and symptoms, it is suggested that Ms. Chen’s body conditioning when preparing for pregnancy may start from nourishing food.
When it comes to nourishing blood, Donkey Hide Gelatin Liquid is a very familiar product. Ejiao is a glue made from the dehaired skin of the equine donkey. The origin is Shandong. The medicinal properties of donkey-hide gelatin are Ganping, which has the effect of invigorating blood to stop bleeding, nourishing yin and moistening the lung. Shandong donkey-hide gelatin oral liquid with donkey-hide gelatin as the main ingredient, together with goji berry, radix rehmanniae preparata, red date, and radix astragalus that nourish qi and blood, can improve various symptoms of blood deficiency and both qi and blood deficiency.
It is suggested that Ms. Chen can properly take Donkey Hide Gelatin Liquid during pregnancy. This can help to improve the various symptoms of blood deficiency caused by Ms. Chen’s long-term poor diet, life, and rest; Shandong Ejiao Oral Liquid can also help expectant mother to replenish qi and blood, enhance their physique, and prepare for future fetuses. Preparing for childbirth and breastfeeding. If Ms. Chen wants to use traditional Chinese medicine decoction to nourish blood and qi, she can also try blood-boosting formulas such as Si Wu Soup, Ba Zhen Soup, which are also good alternative.
Lastly, taking Ejiao oral liquid or blood enriching Traditional Chinese Medicine decoction is one aspect to replenish blood and improving physical fitness during pregnancy, and another important aspect is to pay attention to the conditioning of her own life, rest, and diet. As a mother-to-be, it is also very important to have a regular and nutritious diet, to avoid staying up late, and to relax and exercise in moderation. Hope all the mothers-to-be stay healthy physically and mentally and welcome the arrival of new life in good condition.
Always consult a physician before start using any dietary or herbal supplements.
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