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 Traditional Chinese Medicine (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.
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 a month, 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.
Since 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.
During pregnancy acupuncture
Back pain and sciatica
Labor and delivery pain
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.
Acupuncture can support your
health during your pregnancy by addressing these
Sets the foundation for a
healthy pregnancy. It can alleviate morning
sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.
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.
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.
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” (those positioned
feet-first). One study concluded that fetal
malpresentation is a relatively simple, efficacious
and inexpensive method for breech birth
presentation. Treatment involves moxibustion, or
applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort
to a point just outside the nail of the little toe.
The treatment causes no adverse side effects.
If your due date has passed,
acupuncture can also be sued 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
After baby has arrived
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 defenses,
and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and
Acupuncture and TCM provide a
safe, gentle 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