Pregnancy is a unique experience for every woman, but it is rarely—if ever—a painless process.
Most women experience a host of pregnancy-related symptoms and conditions ranging from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful and, in some cases, dangerous to the mother, child, or both.
Acupuncture is a safe and often overlooked treatment that can effectively address many of these symptoms and issues.
What is acupuncture treatment during pregnancy like?
The nature of a woman's symptoms will determine what their acupuncture treatment entails. In general, acupuncture involves the insertion of small needles at specific areas of the body, stimulating blood and energy flow and circulation.
This process is not painful because the needles are so small, and the underlying processes are so subtle. It can sometimes take a few treatments for relief to be noticeable.
What are the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy?
As an ancient fertility treatment, acupuncture can promote conception, and a growing body of research supports this practice. Once pregnant, acupuncture can alleviate lots of common pregnancy symptoms, including:
- Nausea and morning sickness
- Back pain and body aches
- Stress, anxiety, and depression
- Sleep disturbance and insomnia
Acupuncture can help treat these conditions when they occur unrelated to pregnancy as well.
How can acupuncture help labor and delivery?
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) has indicated that acupuncture can be a helpful method for pain management during labor.
More research is needed, but some studies have found acupuncture during labor to be similarly effective in managing labor pain as spinal-epidural anesthesia but with a shorter labor duration and fewer adverse effects.
Acupuncture can also be effective in treating a breech pregnancy by encouraging the baby to move into the proper head-down delivery position.
Overall, acupuncture can have a tremendously positive effect on the labor and delivery process.
Is acupuncture a beneficial postpartum treatment?
The benefits of acupuncture don't end when the baby is born. Following both natural birth and c-section delivery, acupuncture can be a beneficial treatment to aid in the body's healing. Mental health concerns like postpartum depression can also be prevented and treated with acupuncture.
It can also help with stress management as new mothers navigate the challenges of parenthood and raising an infant. For mothers who are breastfeeding, studies indicate that acupuncture can be used to increase milk supply. Acupuncture can be an essential part of the postpartum healing process.
Get started with acupuncture
If you are pregnant or planning to conceive soon, you may be wondering if acupuncture is right for you and your baby. We hope you'll take advantage of this ancient healing tradition to manage your pregnancy symptoms with minimal risks and many potential benefits.
The qualified acupuncturists at Deanna Carell Acupuncture specialize in women's health issues and will tailor acupuncture treatment to your specific needs. This way, you can focus on enjoying the beauty of your pregnancy instead of the uncomfortable side effects. Contact us today to book your appointment.
Have you never been to an acupuncture appointment?
Deanna Carell Acupuncture is welcoming new patients to our office. Our natural, acupuncture and facial microneedling treatments are tailored to your specific needs, and are used to create a healthy healing environment for your mind and body. For a consultation to meet with the acupuncturists please call our office or contact us through our online form