Why should I get Acupuncture during Pregnancy?Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time. However, with the many physical and hormonal changes that occur, it can also be a time of discomfort. Many pregnant women suffer from fatigue, nausea, backache and other conditions that are considered a "normal" part of pregnancy. Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective way to address these complaints, especially since many Western medications can't be used during this time.
Regular acupuncture during pregnancy sets the foundation for a healthy mother and baby. In addition, women who receive acupuncture during pregnancy often have a shorter and easier birth experience than women who don't receive acupuncture. Several European studies concluded that women who received acupuncture once a week during the last month of pregnancy had significantly shorter labor than women who did not receive any acupuncture.
House calls are available for pregnant patients who are on full or partial bed rest. House calls are also available for postpartum treatments. Postpartum patients are welcome to bring their baby with them for office appointments.
Pregnancy and Postpartum Conditions TreatedSome of the conditions that acupuncture can treat are:
- nausea, vomiting, and hyperemesis gravidarum
- low energy
- back pain and sciatica
- symphysis pubis pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- gestational diabetes
- high blood pressure (pre-eclampsia)
- PUPPs & other pregnancy-related skin conditions
- certain types of threatened miscarriage
- breech presentation
- posterior presentation
- pre-term labor
- delayed labor
- labor pain
- lactation problems
- postpartum depression