Acupuncture for Pregnancy

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Acupuncture for Prenatal & postpartum care

Acupuncture is a gentle, low-risk option for women who want to achieve full-body health and balance prior to conception or during pregnancy. If you are trying to conceive, acupuncture can relieve stress and relax you, as well as improve your fertility. For women who are already pregnant, acupuncture may reduce your risk for miscarriage. It can also help you to manage and reduce pain, and even to treat constipation or curtail your morning sickness.  Below you can find a list of pregnancy-related conditions for which acupuncture would be a great choice.

Back Pain during pregnancy

All too common are the persistent symptoms of back pain during pregnancy.  Back and hip pain can and should be treated with acupuncture when the first symptoms arise to prevent chronic or increasing pain levels further into the pregnancy.

Breech Baby

Around 3-5% of pregnant women near the end of their term (35 to 40 weeks) find that their baby is resting in a breech position, necessitating that the they consider a caesarean section for safety reasons. Acupuncture – particularly moxibustion -- is highly likely to improve this situation.  In fact, acupuncture has been shown to successfully encourage baby to turn into the correct “head down” position in as many as 70-85% of cases! If you are like most women who would prefer to give birth vaginally, strongly consider acupuncture treatment as you approach the end of your pregnancy. 

Fatigue during Pregnancy

Pregnancy fatigue is quite common and can often occur towards the beginning and/or end of a pregnancy. Acupuncture is a great way to improve your overall health increase your energy level when pregnant.

Improving Lactation results

Did you know that there are acupuncture points and Chinese herbal formulations that can work in tandem to help you increase your milk supply?  If you need lactation support, look no further than acupuncture to help you be productive and comfortable during lactation.

Menstrual Migraines

Menstrual migraines and frequent headaches often accompany the menstrual cycle, but they don’t have to. They can certainly strike at any time during pregnancy.  Acupuncture treatment can help!

In fact, acupuncture, massage, dietary changes, and Chinese herbal formulations can all play a big part in managing the pain or preventing migraines and headaches from occurring altogether. If you experience headaches and migraines during your pregnancy, just know that you can be helped through acupuncture! Please reach out to Matt for a wellness consultation.

Morning Sickness and Acid reflux

Morning sickness is the feeling of nausea many women experience during the first trimester of pregnancy.  Morning sickness and vomiting happen because the body is experiencing increased hormone levels. While having morning sickness can be a positive indicator for healthy placenta development, it can be incredibly uncomfortable.  Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to help pregnant women to manage the symptoms of morning sickness and, all too frequently, acid reflux.

Postpartum Depression

Many women experience postpartum depression symptoms after childbirth.  Symptoms can include mood swings, sadness, weeping, insomnia, and anxiety. Symptoms can begin within days of giving birth but can last for weeks, or much longer.  

The hormonal changes that your body experiences after childbirth can be mentally and physically taxing, but acupuncture can help!  Getting treated with acupuncture after you give birth can help to moderate the hormones – and Chinese herbal formulations can further help you to balance your mood and expedite the recovery process.

Preparing to give birth

Acupuncture can be used to treat pregnant women at several key acupuncture points shown to stimulate uterine contractions. This type of treatment is frequently used to help the body prepare for labor around week 37 or 38. Labor induction via acupuncture can decrease your chances for needing medical labor induction and the need for epidurals, as well as the need to deliver via cesarean section.