Acupuncture in pregnancy

When to get acupuncture in pregnancy?

Acupuncture in pregnancy
Acupuncture in pregnancy is a safe alternative to pain medications

Acupuncture in pregnancy is a great therapy!

It is safe and surprisingly relaxing. Many people use acupuncture for fertility, and receiving it in pregnancy is a natural transition. However if you are new to acupuncture we will look at some of the reasons to get acupuncture during pregnancy.

When to start?

You can start acupuncture as soon as you find out you are pregnant and it is safe to use throughout pregnancy, in labour and postpartum. In fact, you can start at any time. Whenever you have pain or discomfort during pregnancy, try acupuncture. It helps improve your health and wellbeing and is even used with complications such as high blood pressure.

What are some of the benefits?

Pain in pregnancy

Acupuncture is well known to treat pain, and this doesn’t change when you are pregnant. Women usually want to avoid medications during pregnancy. Acupuncture is safe and effective for reducing pain and a great alternative to pain medications.

If you get headaches, back or pelvic pain, carpal tunnel and sciatic pain – these are all reasons to visit a registered acupuncturist experienced in treating pregnancy. AHPRA registered acupuncturists usually have had 4 years training in acupuncture techniques.

Morning sickness

Nausea and vomiting in pregnancy isn’t a pleasant experience. Not only do we use acupuncture in pregnancy to manage morning sickness, you may also be prescribed a Chinese herbal medicine for morning sickness. Yes Chinese herbs are safe in pregnancy too. Acupuncture is also used for severe morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum.

Birth preparation

Weekly acupuncture from 34 weeks is a great way to start preparing for birth. Women who have acupuncture to prepare for birth generally have fewer interventions during labour. Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, helping to dispel pre-birth jitters and finding a sense of calm. Acupuncture pre birth is used to soften the cervix and relax the tendons in the pelvis. The third trimester is often the time when women feel discomfort and pain. This is all addressed when preparing to birth.

Depression, stress and anxiety

Acupuncture can be used to improve wellbeing during pregnancy. Acupuncture may reduce depression, stress and distress in pregnancy, and can be used an alternative to anti-depressant medications. Research has shown that acupuncture for some women can be a viable treatment option for depression.

Improving energy levels

There are times during pregnancy you may find yourself with a lack of energy. Fatigue can start in early pregnancy, usually not long after you have had a positive pregnancy test. Your body is going through a major transformation to be able to supply nutrients and life to a growing foetus. Pregnancy can be very taxing on your body. There are times throughout all trimester you may need an extra boost of energy. This something we always consider in acupuncture sessions as your body needs energy not only during the development of your baby, but also coming up to birth and in your postpartum period.

Fluid retention

Fluid retention is quite common in pregnancy, especially towards the end of pregnancy. Although it is more often found in your third trimester, you can sometimes experience it in your first trimester. It can cause a lot of discomfort and weight gain. Fluid retention in hands can cause carpal tunnel pain. You may experience swelling in their legs ankles, hands and face. There are some great acupuncture points used to help reduce this excess fluid.

Mei Hua Chinese Medicine Clinic is in Redcliffe, north of Brisbane. Julienne Tatkovic is an AHPRA registered acupuncturist with extensive experience with acupuncture in pregnancy. She spent 5 years working in a natural birthing centre in Bali as well as working at MAMA in Melbourne. You can book your initial acupuncture appointment online here.

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