Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Acupuncture is an ideal treatment during pregnancy and childbirth, offering women drug-free relief for a myriad of complaints that can occur during a normal pregnancy.  A noninvasive treatment; we use hair-thin sterile single-use needles to stimulate certain points and create a positive reaction.  I have found that the increased blood flow of pregnancy enhances the effects of acupuncture with fewer needles and less treatments required.

In my experience acupuncture can be beneficial in the treatment of the following conditions that can occur during a normal pregnancy;

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Varicose veins
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Chronic UTI’s
  • Sinusitis
  • Odema
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Anemia

Acupuncture is a great support during the first trimester, especially for women who suffer from recurrent miscarriages. Progesterone supports the fetus until 12 weeks when the placenta is fully-grown and takes over.  Stress negatively affects progesterone with the increase of cortisol in the body.  The acupuncture treatment protocol for supporting early pregnancy is to reduce stress, calm the mind, balance the hormones and treat any underlying disharmony.  Treatment is usually continued on a weekly basis for the first trimester, which also helps with any nausea and fatigue.

If you are having a difficult time with your pregnancy, looking for a healthy supplementation treatment contact us to ask how acupuncture could help you. or