Enhancing Wellness During Pregnancy Through Acupuncture

During pregnancy, a woman’s body experiences many changes. With all the fun and joy comes some less than exciting conditions like morning sickness, constipation, back pain, pelvic pain, and breast tenderness. Everything that affects your body also indirectly affects your baby. Many mothers choose to “grin and bear it” rather than taking any sort of medications. Luckily, acupuncture is a natural option that is proven safe for pregnant women and can help with these unpleasant symptoms. Here are some benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy:

1.     Pregnancy induced symptoms: Acupuncture can relieve conditions such as morning sickness, pregnancy induced high blood pressure (preeclampsia), anxiety, mood swings, insomnia, breast tenderness, migraines, back pain, fatigue, pelvic pain, and more.

2.     Turning breech babies: Acupuncture along with a warming technique known as “moxabustion” has shown to effectively turn breech babies, and avoid a C-section. Continue to work with your OBGYN for conventional modalities such as external version and keep up with regular monitoring.

3.     Induction: Acupuncture can help induce an overdue pregnancy or promote contractions that have slowed or stopped. Acupressure points, specifically near the ankles, have been known to induce contractions. Results can happen quickly but often take up to a few days. There are no guarantees, but it’s a good alternative to try before medical induction with Pitocin.

4.     Postpartum care: Acupuncture helps restore a woman’s body back to balance after delivery. Pregnancy and delivery cause a tremendous amount of stress to a woman’s body, and as a result a woman may experience extreme fatigue, postpartum depression, poor milk supply or hair loss. By restoring one’s hormonal balance, acupuncture will speed up recovery and alleviate those symptoms.

 

Acupuncture, when done by a trained professional, is considered very safe. Some minor risks include soreness or redness. Before you get acupuncture, here are some things to consider.

1.     Check with your doctor.

2.     Choose an acupuncturist who is licensed. Check for testimonials and experience working with pregnant women.

3.     Find out how many treatments will be needed and the cost of each treatment.

4.     Talk to your insurance provider to find out if acupuncture services are covered.

 

At Annie Wang Acupuncture, each patient has a unique condition. Our staff will tailor a treatment for each of our patients using acupuncture, herbal medicine, and other natural modalities. To find out more about Annie Wang Acupuncture and pregnancy acupuncture, visit our website or give us a call at (650) 468-3636. We feature two locations in Los Altos and Belmont, California.

 

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