Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life but also a period where your body undergoes some intense physical, hormonal, and psychological changes. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used in China for thousands of years to treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms which women may suffer from pregnancy, as well as assist in the healthy growth and development of the fetus.
During pregnancy acupuncture can help with:
First trimester –sets the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. It can alleviate morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.
Second trimester –offers relief and balances the body from common complaints. It helps to alleviate heartburn, haemorrhoids, stress, sleep problems, oedema, elevated blood pressure and weight gain.
Third trimester – prepares the body for labor and delivery, it helps to alleviate sciatica, hip joint, pubic and back pain.
Morning sickness responds particularly well to acupuncture and your practitioner can even show you specific points that you can massage at home to help restore your appetite. Recent studies have also shown promising results in using acupuncture for depression during and after pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also help with more serious issues during pregnancy. Specific acupuncture points and techniques are very useful for turning “breech babies” (those positioned feet first). One study concluded that foetal mal-presentation is a relatively simple, efficacious and inexpensive method for breech birth presentation. “Treatment involves applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to a point(moxibustion) just outside the nail of the little toe. The treatment causes no adverse side effects.
If your due date has passed, acupuncture can be used to induce labor through gentler ways than traditional Western labor-inducing treatments and medications. Acupuncture and acupressure can even be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.
It’s important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, rebalance your energy, boost your body’s defences, and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and Post–partum depression.
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi(pronounced “Chee”) or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM work to balance the Qi in the body’s meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body.
For a healthy pregnancy, treatment is often recommended once every two weeks with weekly treatments in the last month. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and choose points based on your unique symptoms and concerns.
Yes, acupuncture is safe during the whole pregnancy.
Some acupuncture points should not be used during pregnancy, it’s important to choose a practitioner experienced in prenatal acupuncture.
It’s also important to discuss any treatments or herbal supplements with all of your prenatal health care providers.
Let acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine aid in your efforts to conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy to term.