One of the most commonly asked questions is whether acupuncture is safe during pregnancy. The answer is a wholehearted yes! When in the hands of a skilled practitioner experienced in working with pregnancy, there are endless benefits throughout the 40 weeks of growth and transformation. In general, acupuncture is very supportive for a healthy pregnancy by way of energy and immune boosting, and stress reduction. The first trimester often presents with a host of uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, fatigue, anxiety, and insomnia. While acupuncture may not always fully resolve these discomforts, it really does help take the edge off. Nausea levels can be significantly reduced with specific acupuncture protocols that have shown clinical efficacy. Patients regularly experience relief of headaches and insomnia, as well as the reduction of anxiety levels during the first trimester and beyond. Some of the usual pregnancy related issues acupuncture safely and effectively addresses include: heartburn, nausea, vomiting, constipation, hemorrhoids, back pain, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, depression, headaches, sinusitis, and swelling.BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
Your baby’s malpositioning may come up as a pressing issue during the third trimester for which the use of acupuncture and moxibustion treatment has shown great success. Starting treatment at week 34 is highly recommended to allow for time to encourage the baby to turn, though I have seen later presentations show effectiveness as well.
Utilizing acupuncture as a routine pre-birth treatment is a very helpful way to prepare the body for labor, with the goal of encoragin a smooth delivery by the due date. Starting at 35 weeks, acupuncture sessions start to incorporate points that help ripen the cervix and encourage the baby to descend into the pelvis. Research and the feedback of midwives has suggested a range of positive effects that go beyond the reduction of time in labor but also less medical intervention and significant improvement in delivery outcomes for mother and baby.
A baby’s arrival is such a precious time of learning and assimilating into a new life, and all the months of readying still can’t truly prepare a woman for the vital role she will now have. It takes a tremendous amount of energy to carry through birth, no matter what form that takes. There is natural depletion that ensues from normal blood loss during delivery or surgery, the then lack of consistent sleep, and endless feedings. The best offerings that loved ones can make are those of assistance and food. But there is another form of support that is tremendously nourishing through the use of acupuncture and herbs. Taking into account the natural depletion, treatment aims to restore and rebuild the lost Qi and Blood of the body, thus having a re-energizing and uplifting effect. Treatment can also address any common postpartum issues of diminished milk supply, blocked milk ducts or mastitis, carpal tunnel, back or hip pain, insomnia, fatigue, prolonged bleeding, night sweats, hemorrhoids, lowered immunity, healing from surgery, and mood imbalances such as anxiety and depression. Some women choose to have home visits the first few weeks so they can quickly start to reboot as they settle into a new life and schedule. Please contact me directly for inquiries into concierge services.BOOK APPOINTMENT