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Acupuncture supports a healthy pregnancy
In the 6th Century, a famous Chinese medicine doctor named Sun si-miao wrote a treatise on women’s health and the treatment of women’s health disorders. Since then, Chinese medicine has seen women’s health as a specialization beyond the scope of general medicine.
Acupuncture offers its unique ability to help women during pregnancy when less intervention is generally worth more. Acupuncture has centuries of evidence of its safety and effectiveness. Some of the common ways we can help are listed below, but feel free to get in touch with us if you have a specific question we haven’t covered here.
In addition to treating imbalances, acupuncture can also provide tips for healthy eating and living during pregnancy. Acupuncture theory uses food as medicine, so you can learn to “treat” yourself at home, too.
How can acupuncture help with labour and delivery?
Acupuncture and direct moxibustion can be effective with turning babies in occiput-posterior and breech presentation which can make the difference between a vaginal or home delivery and a caesarean delivery. "Ripening" acupuncture treatments for full-term and post-term pregnancies can help regulate and harmonise the dai mai (girdling vessel) which can assist with the dilation process, as well as get the qi moving and descending through the pelvic region and entire body to stimulate your body to initiate or maintain contractions. Acupuncture can also possibly help a labour that has "stalled" to re-engage and avoid medical interventions - we accept call outs and home visits to these treatments.
How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?
Acupuncture treats signs & symptoms associated with morning sickness
Morning sickness is one of the earliest signs of pregnancy, when the hormonal changes in the body send up a signal flag to show that things are changing. Acupuncture can help settle nausea and restore appetite. Morning sickness doesn’t always happen in the morning and severity may vary. Sometimes morning sickness can last the entire pregnancy. The nausea of morning sickness is directly related to three acupuncture channels, so re-balancing these channels can resolve the nausea.
Acupuncture treats signs & symptoms of back pain during pregnancy
Acupuncture is well known for treating pain, especially back pain. Acupuncture can help stop back pain during pregnancy without the use of pain killers. Acupuncture regulates the body’s energy and blood flow to stop pain safely and without side effects of pain medication.
Acupuncture treats signs & symptoms of swollen ankles during pregnancy
Pregnant women commonly retain water (fluids), which tend to settle down into the lower body. This is the cause of swollen ankles during pregnancy. Swollen ankles may make walking uncomfortable and even laying down uncomfortable. Acupuncture treats swollen ankles by moving the stuck fluids and regulating the flow of energy and blood in the acupuncture meridians of the ankles.
Acupuncture treats symptoms of heartburn during pregnancy
Heartburn is a common occurrence during pregnancy because the muscles that hold the top of the stomach closed become relaxed. Acupuncture can help reduce the feeling of burning and regulate the digestion. There are also Chinese herbs that are safe to use during pregnancy to help with heartburn.
Acupuncture treats symptoms of anxiety during pregnancy
Anxiety is common in pregnant women. Some who have had anxiety prior to pregnancy may experience a worsening. Others may experience anxiety for the first time when contemplating the growth of a family. Regardless of the cause, acupuncture can treat anxiety by calming the mind and allowing feelings to pass through instead of getting stuck inside us.
Acupuncture treats symptoms of headache during pregnancy
Acupuncture is a safer intervention than pain medications to treat headache during pregnancy. There is little risk associated with acupuncture, making it a better choice for treating headache in pregnant women.
Acupuncture treats constipation during pregnancy
Constipation during pregnancy is very common. Acupuncture treats constipation without harsh medicines to stimulate the bowels, which can endanger the pregnancy. Acupuncture can regulate digestion and gently stimulate the muscles of the intestines to produce a bowel movement.
Acupuncture treats signs & symptoms of carpal tunnel during pregnancy
Acupuncture treats the pain, numbness and tingling associated with carpal tunnel during pregnancy. Usually, carpal tunnel is associated with repetitive stress injuries. However, carpal tunnel can also occur during pregnancy because women retain water during pregnancy, which can get trapped in the carpal tunnel under the ligament that runs across the wrist. Acupuncture helps stop pain by moving trapped fluids and regulate the energy and blood in the affected area.
Acupuncture treats symptoms of dizziness during pregnancy
Dizziness is common in the second and third trimesters as the body adjusts to growing a fetus. It’s important to distinguish between harmless dizziness and pre-eclampsia and eclampsia. Acupuncture can treat benign dizziness and vertigo by enriching the blood and calming the organs that support the blood and pregnancy.