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Pregnancy Acupuncture

Acupuncture presents a safe option to aid pregnancy by offering drug-free relief for various symptoms, spanning from the initial trimester through childbirth and postpartum care.

Symptoms to consider Acupuncture treatment in pregnancy:
  • Nausea and vomiting 

  • Mood swings/Irritability

  • Sleep problems

  • Back pain

  • Sciatica

  • Constipation

  • Sinusitis

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Heartburn & Reflux

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Edema

  • Breech baby

  • Labor/Induction support

How Pregnancy Acupuncture Supports Each Trimester

1st Trimester

Focuses on reducing tension and anxiousness and working to replace it with a calm mind and relaxed nervous system. Morning sickness often responses well to gentle acupuncture and minor dietary modifications. Chinese medicine has also been used for centuries to “secure the fetus” or strengthen the pregnancy to prevent miscarriage during early pregnancy.

This is to strengthen their foundation for a healthy pregnancy, prevent miscarriage loss, support IVF/IUI, and ideally, have them achieve a full-term pregnancy.

The initial 12 weeks of pregnancy hold significant importance. While the placenta continues to develop alongside the baby until approximately week 34, it's not fully functional until around week 12. Until then, the fetus relies mainly on progesterone secreted by the corpus luteal for support. Acupuncture aids in maintaining a healthy progesterone level and enhances blood circulation to promote the development of a robust placenta. Moreover, acupuncture can address various pregnancy-related issues such as morning sickness, fatigue, headaches, and threatened miscarriage.

 

The first 12 weeks of pregnancy are crucial. While the placenta keeps growing along with your baby until about week 34, the placenta is not fully formed - and not capable of doing its job, until around week 12. Until then, the fetus is being supported mainly by the progesterone being secreted by the corpus luteal. Acupuncture can help maintain a healthy level of progesterone, as well as increasing blood flow to generate a healthy placenta. In addition, acupuncture can help with morning sicknessfatigueheadachesthreatened miscarriage, etc.

2nd Trimester

Yes, you are finally glowing! By now, much of the discomfort of early pregnancy has subsided or soon will. You’re beginning to have a little bump, which probably makes the last several weeks of fatigue and nausea seem all worth it. While your energy may be strong, your body continues to change. 

You may (or may not) notice headaches, leg cramps, back pain, abdominal pain, heartburn, pain in the buttocks or down the leg (sciatica), and wrist. Pregnancy acupuncture is extremely effective in alleviating many of these aches and pains as baby begins to make his or her presence known.

By week 12 or so, the placenta takes over and the energy returns and the woman feels much more energetic. The burden of the body to keep producing high levels of progesterone is now over, and the well-formed placenta takes over the amazing task of keeping the fetus healthy. If morning sickness and/or fatigue continues, acupuncture can definitely help. In addition, keeping the mother relaxed is a great gift to the fetus. A monthly visit to keep the mother relaxed is highly recommended

3rd Trimester

Feeling a bit crowded? By this point your body has expanded a great deal and you have gained twenty to thirty pounds or more. Baby takes up a bunch of space and plays trampoline on your ribs. The strain on your body may cause shortness of breath, swelling of your hands and feet, varicose veins, achy hips, abdominal cramps, round ligament pain and difficulty sleeping.

Aside from providing you with incredible symptom relief, bodywork and pregnancy acupuncture during the third trimester help prepare you and your baby for a natural and healthy birthing experience.

By the third trimester, roughly around week 27, the baby weighs about 2 lbs. and is around 14 inches long. If born now, the baby would have a very good chance of surviving. As the baby continues to grow, the physical and physiological demand on the mother increases. Some of the conditions that can be seen as a result of this include: low backand/or pelvic pain, pre-eclampsialate pregnancy (requiring labor induction), breech presentations, etc.

Postpartum (aka 4th Trimester)

  • All postpartum symptoms

  • Post birth Recovery

  • Fatigue

  • C-Section scarring

  • Uterine prolapse

  • Boosting Lactation*

  • Anemia

  • Postpartum depression*

The postpartum period, also known as the fourth trimester, is the period after the delivery of the baby when maternal physiological and anatomical changes return to the nonpregnant state. This period is divided into three arbitrary phases: acute phase  - the first 24 hours after delivery of the placenta, early phase – up to 7 days, and late phase – up to 6 weeks to 6 months. During this period, the following conditions can be observed and treated with acupuncture: birth recoverypostpartum bleeding (Lochia)postpartum depressionlactation issues, etc. 

Including regular acupuncture balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy, can help improve both your and your baby's well-being, potentially averting complications and positively impacting your baby's development.

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