Pre- and Post-Partum Pregnancy Support

Acupuncture during pregnancy can help women to thrive throughout all trimesters and into the postpartum period. It supports and nourishes mother and baby and can be used to address:

  • Morning sickness
  • Fatigue
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Back and Pelvic Pain
  • Headaches
  • Swelling
  • Breech Baby
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Cervical Ripening/Prebirth
  • Delayed Labor
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Postpartum Recovery
  • Lactation Support

Post-partum support can be helpful for mothers in addressing hormone imbalances, depression, anxiety, pelvic pain, fatigue, insufficient lactation, mastitis, hair loss, and can help to improve sleep quality.

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Absolutely! Acupuncture in pregnancy is safe for pregnant women when performed by a qualified practitioner, and indeed, can provide many benefits for your health and the health of your baby. At Six Branches Family Acupuncture, we’ve treated many women throughout their pregnancy with great results. We’ve undergone post-graduate training in obstetric acupuncture and herbal medicine with such well-respected teachers as Raven Lang, Debra Betts, Claudia Citkovitz, Sarah Budd, and Sharon Weizenbaum. When you work with us during your pregnancy, we become a part of your team and are able to help you through your postpartum period as well.

Acupuncture For Threatened Miscarriage

Threatened miscarriage is vaginal bleeding in a pregnancy that remains viable. This is a common early pregnancy complication that acupuncture can help to address. Treatment typically includes acupuncture, dietary and lifestyle advice, and herbal medicine.

Acupuncture For Nausea

Acupuncture in pregnancy can be very helpful for relieving nausea symptoms in the first trimester and beyond.  Treatment usually includes acupuncture, a type of massage called “gua sha”, and dietary and lifestyle advice.  In severe cases, herbal medicine may be useful but usually is not necessary.

Acupuncture For Breech Presentation

Acupuncture and moxibustion are very helpful for resolving a breech presentation between 32-36 weeks gestation.  A Cochrane Systemic Review of moxibustion for breech presentation found that “When combined with acupuncture, moxibustion may result in fewer births by caesarean section; and when combined with postural management techniques may reduce the number of non-cephalic presentations at birth”

Acupuncture To Induce Labor

While “induction” is a western medical term, a lot of women come to acupuncture at the end of their pregnancies to help their bodies move smoothly into labor.  Acupuncture can help your body prepare for labor, encourage cervical ripening and remove any imbalances that may be stalling the labor process.  Plus, we help you RELAX.   For women interested in late-term acupuncture in pregnancy, it is ideal to begin treatment BEFORE your 40th week, especially if this will be your first time receiving acupuncture.

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