Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a beautiful and amazing event in a woman's life. It is a time for many changes both physically and emotionally, and at times may be overwhelming. Acupuncture and TCM offers one of the most effective modalities to support and relieve discomforts of the body throughout every stage of pregnancy and can give support to the developing bundle of joy.

Common Complaints During Pregnancy

For many women, the excitement of learning you have become pregnant soon diminishes when the first signs of morning sickness arise. This is one of many common complaints seen in clinic and can be effectively treated and managed using acupuncture. However, there are many other complaints and discomforts that can be addressed including:

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Digestive issues including indigestion and constipation
  • Insomnia or poor sleep
  • Low back pain and sciatic
  • Tension in neck, shoulders, and hips
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Edema

Other Pregnancy-Related Conditions

More complex conditions can also be treated using acupuncture and TCM and are commonly seen in a clinic setting, these include but are not limited to:

Breech presentation: The use of acupuncture and moxa have been highly successful in encouraging the baby to turn to correct position

Hypertension: Acupuncture and regular treatments aid to stabilize the blood pressure

Induction: A very popular alternative to encouraging the onset of labour, acupuncture has assisted many women in promoting labour for post dates and other urgent concerns that require induction.

Acupuncture can also be used to increase frequency and intensity of contractions for slow or stalled labour.