Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Acupuncture is often used as an alternative to medication and surgical intervention for relaxation and pain relief. If you’re considering acupuncture during pregnancy, here’s what you need to know.
What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese therapy that involves using special metallic needles at specific points that are recognized in Chinese therapy as meridians.
It is thought that inserting needles at these points creates an energy flow called “qi”. This is achieved by the process of balancing the yin (cold) with yang (hot) through calculated movements by the practitioner.
Is It Safe?
Acupuncture therapy has been used for decades in traditional Asian medicine and is considered safe with effective results.
Acupuncture has also been studied during pregnancy and not only is it considered safe, but it has also been shown to be effective in treating certain pregnancy ailments.
However, it’s always best to discuss with your healthcare provider before starting anything new and go to a practitioner that is an expert in dealing with pregnant women.
How Is It Effective For Pregnancy?
Acupuncture during pregnancy can help you deal with certain pregnancy concerns such as:
- Common aches and pains including lower back pain
- Nausea or hyperemesis gravidarum
- Fetal positioning
- Stress management
- Hormone/mood balancing
- Labor progress
Acupuncture is not only used by natural birth enthusiasts! Sometimes people have also used it after surgical c-sections to expedite recovery and alleviate post-surgery effects.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask your healthcare provider here at the birth center or speak to an acupuncture specialist.