Acupuncture performed during pregnancy by qualified and experienced practitioners is completely safe and can be helpful in reducing early pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness. It has long been used in treating nausea and is natural form of treatment for during pregnancy.
PREGNANCY BACK PAIN
During pregnancy, back pain can be a common experience as the baby starts to put pressure on the back and pelvis. Acupuncture is widely accepted as an effective treatment for back pain, and is particularly effective for pregnancy related back and hip pain. It is best to treat this type of pain as soon as it starts to develop as it can worsen as the baby grows. Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy and can help resolve pain in any part of the back, neck and shoulders and hips, including sciatic pain.
It is common for pregnant women to experience water retention and swelling in the later part of their pregnancy. Acupuncture and some simple dietary or lifestyle changes can help the metabolism of excess water during pregnancy.
At around 34 to 37 weeks gestation, a fetus becomes positioned for birth with its head down. When not positioned this way, it is considered a breech presentation. By using moxibustion (the warming of a specific acupuncture point with an herbal incense), babies often are able to turn to the correct position.
There are several points on the body which are not used during early pregnancy because they have been shown to stimulate uterine contractions. These points, however, are safe to use after 36 weeks to signal to the body when to go into full term labor. Labor induction acupuncture may be used to avoid medical induction, emergency cesarean, and the use of epidurals.
Following pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes hormonal fluctuations which can give rise to emotional and physical effects. Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help balance hormonal changes to decrease symptoms such as postpartum depression.
Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and dietary changes can help with milk supply and flow for women who are breast feeding.