Acupuncture For & During Pregnancy
How Acupuncture can help support your pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting, life changing experiences. Your body goes through a complete transformation both physically and mentally to grow and nurture your baby. It’s therefore not surprising that many women turn to natural therapies, most commonly acupuncture, to help relieve their aches and worries.
Here we share the benefits of acupuncture for pregnancy and how it can treat many common symptoms during the different trimesters.
Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?
Absolutely! Acupuncture is a safe, holistic treatment that can ease many of the less pleasant symptoms of pregnancy. It is a natural healing art which means it does not involve the use of any drugs - perfect for pregnant women who are limited in taking pain medication.
What happens during your acupuncture treatment?
A hair-thin needle is inserted into various pressure points on your body, depending on the symptoms you wish to treat. This creates a signal to the brain to communicate something needs healing and brings the body back into balance.
Acupuncture is a painless process - you may experience a dull ache for a short second, but it does not last and you shortly will not feel a thing, except for deep relaxation. The needles can then stay in place for 5-45 minutes after which many patients report an immediate calming sensation.
Acupuncture Benefits for Pregnancy
Acupuncture is a wonderful option for women who are pregnant as it has no side effects.
It can treat a wide range of symptoms and pains associated with pregnancy from insomnia to morning sickness, as well as more serious conditions such as preeclampsia, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, edema and breech position.
“I am 36 weeks pregnant, this is my third baby and the first two pregnancies I had were rough. I had anything you can think of from preeclampsia and headaches to high blood pressure and early labor. I was definitely on that path with this pregnancy but thanks to Meraki Family Wellness and acupuncture, I have been able to survive until the end without any kind of issues or pain.”
Here are some of the common problems during pregnancy that acupuncture can fix:
Nausea, morning sickness, and digestive issues
Most pregnant women experience morning sickness and digestive issues during the first trimester. Acupuncture for morning sickness and nausea in pregnancy can help ease your discomfort and allow you to get back to your regularly-scheduled day! Nausea, heartburn, and other GI problems can take a a toll on your body, and your pregnancy experience should be as easy as possible!
Acupuncture for pregnancy pains can treat any type of pregnancy-related aches, especially in relieving low back pain, pregnancy pelvic pain, and round ligament pain.
Anxiety and moods
Women experience an overwhelming change in hormones before, during and after pregnancy. And while it’s an exciting time for both parents, growing a baby doesn’t come without stress.
Acupuncture is effective in treating mood swings and lowering stress levels. This is also perfect for women who are trying to conceive as by reducing stress, your body releases more fertility hormones such as progesterone.
Milk supply problems
Acupuncture for breast milk supply is a common holistic treatment for women who are suffering from a low supply or who have a history of milk production problems or mastitis. Acupuncture during pregnancy can help prepare the body for better milk supply once their bundle of joy arrives!
Adequate rest is so important during pregnancy, at a time where your body is undergoing extreme changes. However many pregnant women suffer from insomnia.
Acupuncture can improve sleep quality for pregnant women who often struggle to fall or stay asleep.
High Blood Sugar & Gestational Diabetes
Acupuncture for gestational diabetes is a highly effective treatment for lowering your blood sugar. High blood sugar during pregnancy can be dangerous for mom and baby. Along with the diet, tracking, and workout recommended by your doctor, acupuncture is a great enhancement to keeping your blood sugar at a healthy level.
There are many challenges that can be eased by acupuncture once you have given birth. From breastfeeding to pelvic floor problems - it can be extremely beneficial in supporting your overall recovery.
Acupuncture is also an effective treatment for postpartum depression which affects many new moms after birth.
Get holistic help with your pregnancy needs
At Meraki Family Wellness, we offer acupuncture to pregnant women with a wide range of symptoms and pains, and we would love to support your beautiful journey to motherhood.
“I was skeptical about acupuncture at first but I came to Kiya at Meraki Family Wellness at 22 weeks and I couldn't have done it without her. If you’re hesitant about acupuncture, definitely don’t be! I’m not one for needles and whilst I would normally avoid this kind of situation, it's been the best thing and completely changed my life.”
Our treatments support anything that you and your baby need before, during and after your pregnancy.
Find out more about our women’s health services and get in touch with our acupuncturist today.