Pregnancy and Acupuncture
There are more than 3 ways acupuncture can help during pregnancy but I wanted to focus on these as they are the common concerns I hear:
Let’s face it. Pregnancy for most women is wonderful. It is one of life’s miracles. Many I speak with find the experience amazing. Of course that does not mean it’s always perfect or easy. It can still be a very stressful time. While some stress is OK, when you’re pregnant stress doesn’t just affect you.acupunctu
When we’re under stress our muscles tense, our heart rates increase affecting circulation, we breathe harder, our digestion (and therefore nutrition) is affected and our bodies produce some hormones at a greater rate. None of this is good for you, but more so, these can cause long lasting issues in children or result in complications including premature birth or a low birth-weight baby.
Every little bit of stress relief not only helps you, it helps your baby!
Acupuncture is a proven technique for reducing stress and is extremely safe even for pregnant women.
One challenge of pregnant women is how to manage any pain they may experience. If pre-mom suffers from migraines, getting pregnant can increase the frequency and even the intensity of her migraines, and she can’t take her medication because it might damage the fetus. Acupuncture is not only approved but safe and effective in keeping migraines under control when you’re pregnant.
Not only will acupuncture help with pre-mom’s headaches, it can also help manage back pain, a downside of pregnancy.
Morning sickness and nausea
Acupuncture is an effective treatment for a number of gastrointestinal problems. Acupuncture works on these things by stimulating the portion of the nervous system called the parasympathetic nervous system, or PNS. This helps relax the body and stimulate digestion.
If you’ve had acupuncture while you were pregnant, I’d love to hear you thoughts.