Should You Try Acupuncture During Pregnancy? Is It Safe?

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Acupuncture is a non-invasive Traditional Chinese Medicine, which has been used for centuries for physical, mental, and emotional issues.  The treatment involves inserting needles into key points on the body called meridians to correct energy imbalances and restore health. Acupuncture has been proven to help pregnant women deal with metabolic, physical, and psychological changes that come with pregnancy. One of the main benefits of using this treatment is that there are little to no side effects and it can be effective when you’re looking to avoid the use of medications.

While the risks associated with acupuncture are minimal, pregnant women are advised to get acupuncture from a licensed and board-certified practitioner like the physicians at the White Crane Clinic. It is always important to let your physician know that you are pregnant as well so that certain points that are contraindicated can be avoided.

When Is the Right Time to Start Acupuncture and How Often?

It is advisable to start acupuncture treatment as soon as you test positive because it alleviates first trimester symptoms. Depending on your symptoms and medical history, your acupuncturist will create a treatment plan that suits your needs. These treatments can help with many ailments from nausea and headaches to even pregnancy retention. If you have suffered a miscarriage before, please let your acupuncturist know as there are many things that can be done to help prevent this from occurring. Acupuncture is recommended throughout your pregnancy and can even help induce and prepare your body for labor when performed properly in the third trimester.

Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Pain Relief

Acupuncture is recommended to help relieve pain during pregnancy as well as before and after labor and caesarian section to reduce pain and promote the healing process. During the insertion of needles, the body nerves are triggered to produce endorphins and other brain chemicals that block pain signals. Medical practitioners recommend acupuncture as pain relief in place of the addictive opioid during pregnancy and after childbirth. 

Reduces Morning Sickness

Nausea and vomiting are common symptoms in most women during the first trimester. While some people take it lightly, morning sickness is severe in some women affecting the ability to work and general quality of life. Acupuncture at specific locations, especially on the wrist, has been found to reduce morning sickness. It is an alternative remedy if you do not want to use nausea medicine.

Reduces Lower Back and Pelvic Pain

You are most likely to experience pelvic and lower back pain during the second and third trimesters. Acupuncture needles strategically place at specific tender points have been seen to reduce back pain and sciatica caused by the position of the baby. Restore your ability to walk, sit or stand by visiting an acupuncturist today and helping lessen the inflammation in your low back.

Sleep Problems During Pregnancy

Getting to sleep, staying asleep and quality sleep is a challenge during pregnancy. Insomnia is rampant during the third trimester because of pelvic and back pain, the need to frequently urinate, fetal movements, and even stress and anxiety. Fortunately, research proves that women who get acupuncture treatment during pregnancy sleep better, reducing the chances of postpartum depression associated with insomnia. 

Reduces Digestive Disorders

Pregnant women face numerous digestive issues from heartburn, bloating, belching, stomach discomforts, among others, as a result of progesterone hormonal changes. Acupuncture and even Chinese herbs are a great option to remedy these issues during pregnancy. They’re safe, effective, and natural options to help minimize your side effects.

Delivery Preparation

At the end of your third trimester, your acupuncturist will recommend frequent sessions to help you prepare for labor. Acupuncture has been found to aid in cervix ripening so that you dilate faster when labor kicks in. In addition, it said to reduce pain and shorten the duration of labor.

Potential Risks

Acupuncture during pregnancy is safe as long as you work with a certified practitioner. However, you might experience mild side effects like soreness, bruising, nausea, and sweating.  If you consider acupuncture to reduce any of the above symptoms, start by consulting with a local acupuncture physician who has extensive knowledge of fertility, pregnancy, and postnatal care. For more information, check out our website at www.whitecraneclinic.com

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