Pregnancy Support using Acupuncture

Pregnancy SupportChinese Medicine can successfully increase couples’ chances of starting a family but what is its role in pregnancy?

Chinese Medicine, which includes at minimum acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, has been used for thousands of years to treat many conditions in women during and after pregnancy.  Acupuncture can safely assist a woman through her pregnancy whether it is simply helping make the pregnancy as comfortable as possible or addressing problems that can influence the health of the mother and/or the baby.

Many more women are discovering acupuncture during their pregnancies in search of safe, drug-free treatments for their conditions.  Years of practice have shown that acupuncture treatments throughout pregnancy enhance the health of the mother, prevent complications and influence the development of the baby.

Studies have shown acupuncture to be effective for stress, morning sickness, hip and low back pain, breech position, mild to moderate depression, labor induction, and shortening the length of labor.

Highly trained acupuncturists can provide treatment for a number of additional pregnancy complications, as well, such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. And research is now focusing on the routine use of acupuncture to enhance wellness during pregnancy and labor.

Safety of Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine During Pregnancy

Acupuncture during pregnancy is safe.  It offers complementary care that has many benefits and very few side effects. However, Chinese herbal medicine during pregnancy is safe ONLY if prescribed by an acupuncturist well trained in the use of Chinese herbs during pregnancy. Read more

The Journey

Preparing For Conception – Pre-Natal Care. Even if there are no fertility issues, Chinese Medicine can be useful in helping couples prepare their bodies for conceiving and carrying a full term pregnancy.  Read more

Preparing for the next 9 months – Pregnancy.  Chinese medicine can help smooth the way for the new mother by helping address common issues that come up during pregnancy, including gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.  Read more

Preparing for labor – Pre-Birth Treatments.  Studies show that acupuncture can be used in two main ways in the later stages of pregnancy.  It can also turn a breech babyRead more

Giving birth – Labor.  In some states acupuncture is used in conjunction with Western medicine in hospitals to help women through the actual labor.  Lutheran Hospital in Brooklyn, New York is one such hospital.  Read more

After the baby is born – Post-natal Care.  This is a precious time for a mother to connect with her new born but loss of resources may cause postpartum depression.  Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can restore these resources.   Read more

Finding a qualified acupuncturist – Not all acupuncturists are trained.  Not all trained acupuncturists are licensed.  Not all licensed acupuncturists have the same training.  Read more

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