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Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change. It’s also a time when it’s more important than ever to support and care for your well-being. Acupuncture and TCM can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for you and your baby in a safe and natural way, without the use of harmful medications.
What to expect
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, 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, regular weekly and/or monthly treatments are recommended. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and suggest treatment based on your unique symptoms and concerns. It’s also important to discuss any treatments or herbal supplements with all of yoru prenatal health care providers.
Relief for common concerns
Regular balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy can enhance your health as well as your baby’s health, potentially preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby. Many mothers-to-be find themselves facing anxiety, fatigue, back pain, heartburn, nausea and other symptoms as a result of the many new demands being placed on their bodies. Acupuncture has been found to effectively relieve many of these symptoms.
When you are suffering from morning sickness, you will respond particularly well to acupuncture, and your practitioner can even show you specific points that you can massage at home to help with nausea and restore your appetite. Recent studies have also shown promising results in using acupuncture for depression during and after pregnancy.
During pregnancy acupuncture can help:
Back pain and sciatica, breech birth, childbirth, constipatioin, edema, excessive lactation, fatigue, heartburn, hemorrhoids, insufficient lactation, labor and delivery pain, mastitis, morning sickness, physical problems, postoperative healing, postpartum discharge, psychological problems
Breech babies and other issues
Acupuncture can also help with more serious issues during pregnancy. Specific acupuncture points and techniques are very useful for turning breech babies (positioned feet first). One study concluded that acupuncture is useful for babies positioned in a difficult presentation, and it is a relatively simple, effective and inexpenseive method for breech birth presentation. Treatment involves moxibustion, or applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to a point on the little toes. The treatment causes no adverse side effects.
If your due date has passed, acupuncture can also be used to induce labor through gentler means 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.
Recovery after childbirth is important
Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, re-balance your energy, boost your body’s defenses and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue and postpartum depression.
Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, gently way to nurture and care for your health, and that of your baby, throughout your pregnancy and beyond. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, contact an acupuncturist today!
Acupuncture can support your health during your pregnancy by addressing these trimester symptoms:
1st trimester – sets the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. It can alleviate morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.
2nd trimester – offers relief and balances the body from common complaints. It helps to alleviate heartburn, hemorrhoids, stress, sleep problems, edema, elevated blood pressure and weight gain.
3rd trimester – prepares the body for labor and delivery. It helps to alleviate sciatica, hip, joint, pubic and back pain.
Acupuncture conversion of fetal breech presentation. D. Habek, et. Al. fetal diagn ther 2003; 18:418-421
Non stress test changes during acupuncture plus moxibustion on BL67 point in breech presentation. I. Neri, PhD., et al. journal of the society for gynecologic investigation, vol. 9, no. 3, 158-162 (2002)
Acupuncture during IVF improves pregnancy chances. http://www.healthnewstrack.com/health-news-271
Research articles on acupuncture and pregnancy. http://pregnancy.health-info.org/research-acupuncture-pregnancy
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Harbour City Healers
Sheena Villeneuve R.Ac. : 250-667-8242
Acupuncture in Nanaimo, BC