Pregnancy is a wonderful time to be in awe of our bodies and to connect with that little joy inside of us. It’s certainly miraculous to watch our bodies go through all the changes…some delightful, and some not so much! During this time, your body is going through incredible fluctuations in hormone levels, emotional swings, and spurts of growth. Acupuncture is a beautiful way to nourish and nurture your body and that little one inside you. It’s one of the few methods of treatment that is completely safe and healthy during this delicate time of life. Of course, be sure you see a Licensed Acupuncturist who is experienced in working with pregnancy to ensure the proper protocols are followed.
The benefits of acupuncture begin with conception: it can help to regulate hormones and the menstrual cycle to allow for optimal conception. If you have conceived with the help of western fertility medications, acupuncture is vital to cleanse the body and protect your baby from harmful effects. After conception, acupuncture supports the growth and development process of the baby, helping to prevent miscarriage.
Pregnancy can bring about lots of new symptoms including morning sickness, digestive sensitivities, headaches, back pain, sciatica, joint pain, emotional swings, fatigue, excessive sleepiness, insomnia, blood sugar imbalances, high blood pressure, and other complications specific to pregnancy. Acupuncture is a natural way to balance your body and nourish the blood. Often the sharing of blood and nutrients with your baby can leave you feeling a bit low. Treatments during this time can help to support the demands on your body and optimize all its functions.
Having acupuncture throughout your pregnancy not only keeps symptoms at bay, but it improves circulation to help prevent varicose veins and hypertension as well as boosting your immune system to keep you well. When it comes time for labor and delivery, several studies have shown that women who have acupuncture weekly during their last month of pregnancy have shorter periods of labor, feel more relaxed, and experience easier deliveries.