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Acupuncture Can Help With

Acupuncture During Pregnancy


TCM Acupuncture during pregnancy offers women a drug free and side effect free alternative to managing their health and well-being. It can help quell pregnancy pain such as pelvic, lower back and rib pain, in addition to morning sickness and headaches. Acupuncture can help the body prepare for childbirth, easing and shortening the labour process and reducing the use and need for medical interventions.

During pregnancy, acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat the following conditions:

Miscarriage prevention
Morning sickness (nausea & vomiting)
Anxiety & Depression
Pregnancy-induced hypertension
Edema (fluid retention)
Pain – musculoskeletal conditions
Vaginal itching
Breech & posterior positions
Cervical ripening

Pregnancy Pain

One of the oldest applications of acupuncture is to effectively control and ease pain. Acupuncture improves circulation, thus reducing swelling and inflammation of the area of discomfort. Acupuncture is safe, gentle, and effective for treating:

• Neck and upper back pain
• Lower back and sciatica pain
• Leg cramps
• Rib pain
• Pubic symphysis pain
• Headaches
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Pregnancy – 1st Trimester
Acupuncture can provide relief for some of the most common complaints in early pregnancy, such as nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, headaches and exhaustion. In addition, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can reduce the chances of miscarriage, which is at highest risk during the first trimester.

Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester
During the second trimester, women experience a lot of changes in their body due to the growth of the baby. This can lead to back pain and the misalignment of posture. Acupuncture treatments can reduce or correct these conditions, and can also give relief from heartburn, hemorrhoids, anxiety and depression.

Pregnancy – 3rd Trimester
Acupuncture helps ease many of the discomforts of the 3rd trimester, such as back pain, sciatica, swelling, constipation, heartburn and insomnia. Acupuncture treatments can also gently prepare the body for labour by ripening the cervix and by teaching your body how to promote efficient contractions.Patients who get acupuncture throughout their pregnancy, especially the third trimester, report faster and less complicated deliveries.

Pregnancy – End Stage

Breech Presentation

A breech birth is complicated and painful for both the mother and baby. Instead of taking the wait-and-see approach, with acupuncture you can be proactive. Acupuncture and moxibustion have been used for thousands of years to turn breeched babies, with a very high success rate. The treatments are both safe to the mother and child. If your baby has not yet turned head down by 33 weeks, it is recommended to try acupuncture and moxibustion.

Pre-birth Treatment

(also known as Cervical Ripening)

This consists of weekly treatments beginning at week 36 or 37. Treatments are tailored to each woman’s individual constitution. Pre-birth acupuncture is different to induction treatments. Pre-birth acupuncture is done to calm the sympathetic nervous and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs. In doing so it  brings one out of the Flight or Flight response and into Rest and Digest and helps regulate hormones. During pre-birth acupuncture muscle tension and alignment can be addressed encouraging optimal fetal position. Pre-birth acupuncture supports what a women’s body is already doing and helps it happen more efficiently. 

 Advantages to pre-birth treatments

  •  Softening the cervix
  • Encourage optimal fetal presentation for birth
  • Increasing energy
  • Improve stamina for labor
  • Shorter labor times
  • Reduced need for medical intervention
  • Calming and centering the mind improving the birth experience

Acupuncture For Fertility (Preconception)

Advantages to acupuncture include:
Improving hormone delivery to target sites
positively influencing the hypothalamic-pituitary-ovarian axis which has a major role in fertility
Balancing endocrine and hormone systems that regulate ovulation
Increasing blood flow to the uterus, improving the chances of implantation
Releasing natural endorphins and reducing stress hormones, helping decrease the negative impacts of stress on fertility
Regulating a woman’s menstrual cycle thereby improving chances of fertility and decreasing symptoms of PMS
Improving pregnancy rates in IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART)

Acupuncture For Women’s Health Conditions

Acupuncture is an effective treatment that can assist women to achieve balance within their body at every stage throughout life. Acupuncture can be used to help support normal menstrual cycles, support fertility, treat infertility, assist in the management of pregnancy related ailments and to support women transition in to menopause. Acupuncture can be used to help treat any of the following conditions:

Premenstrual symptoms:
Breast tenderness
Irritability, frequent crying or low mood
Irregular menses
Infertility or abnormal BBT’s
Heavy or scanty flow
Irregular or absent cycles
Uterine fibroids
Ovarian cysts
Hot flashes and night sweats
Sleep disorders
Mood swings, irritability, anxiety or depression
Low libido
Poor concentration and memory
Weight gain and food cravings
Heart palpitations
Joint and muscle pain
Poor balance
Headaches and migraines
Breast disorders
Sudden onset eczema
Urinary incontinence or infections

Acupuncture For Postnatal Care

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs have been used for centuries to help mothers recover from delivery. A quick recovery by the mother means the best care for her new baby! Acupuncture is effective at treating:

Blood loss
Lactation problems
Low milk supply
Reduction of scars from a C-Section
Post-partum depression

Commonly treated issues

  • Pain management
  • Breech or Mal-position of fetus
  • Injuries
  • Labor induction
  • Addictions
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Stress/Depression/Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Skin Conditions
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Low Back/Neck/Shoulder Pain
  • Sciatica/Hip pain
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Digestive disorders
  • Fatigue
  • Arthritis
  • Constipation
  • Endocrine Disorders
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Menopause