Many women find receiving acupuncture during pregnancy to be a wonderful way to support a healthy pregnancy, reduce pregnancy related symptoms and reduce the risk of medical interventions.
Supporting Pregnancy Naturally
Many women find receiving acupuncture during pregnancy to be a wonderful way to support a healthy pregnancy, reduce pregnancy related symptoms/conditions and reduce the risk of medical interventions. It’s a drug-free means of treating a whole variety of conditions that tend to pop up during pregnancy. I have great success treating:
- Morning Sickness/Hyperemesis Gravidarum
- Back Pain/Sciatica
- Sinus Congestion/Allergies
- Edema/Fluid Retention
- Breech Babies
- Labor Induction
Treatment Frequency During Pregnancy
I typically recommend patients receive weekly acupuncture treatments through the first trimester of pregnancy. Once you’ve gotten past your first trimester, your risk of miscarriage drops significantly and fatigue and nausea often subside. From there, I recommend patients come in for treatment on an as-needed basis if they are experiencing symptoms such as those listed above and schedule regular follow-up appointments every four to six weeks. At 34 weeks, I suggest resuming weekly treatments to prepare for birth. Women who come in regularly in preparation for labor have fewer medical interventions and often begin labor naturally avoiding the need for pharmaceutical inductions.
Though every pregnancy is unique and recommendations do vary depending on the circumstances, I have found women to have far fewer pregnancy related symptoms and far fewer medical interventions when they follow the below treatment schedule:
1 to 12 Weeks >> Weekly acupuncture treatments
13 to 33 Weeks >> Every 4 to 6 weeks or as symptoms arise
34 Weeks to Delivery >> Weekly acupuncture treatments straight through to delivery
Due Date and Beyond >> 1 to 4 treatments in close succession to induce labor
Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?
Acupuncture during pregnancy is safe for both you and your developing baby. Debra Betts, the leading modern day expert on Acupuncture during pregnancy says in her book, The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth
, “ I have found no reported evidence or clinical studies that justify any concerns as to the safety of using acupuncture in the treatment of pregnancy-related conditions.”
There are however, specific points on the body that are contraindicated during pregnancy. These are the very same points that we then employ in preparation for delivery as a way to encourage contractions.