Pregnancy and childbirth are special times. Acupuncture can play a part in the process in many ways.
While there are some contraindicated points during certain phases of your pregnancy, acupuncture in general is very safe and can help ease stress and pain, and aid in creating the most healthy environment for your baby.
To begin, acupuncture is considered a “natural medicine” because it can never “make” your body do anything it wouldn’t already naturally do. It simply can help steer the body towards optimal balance and health. This can include everything from emotions and mood, to stress, pain, and hormones.
I practice a very gently style of acupuncture that is comfortable and relaxing. Many people fall asleep during their treatment, even on the first time! After the initial consultation, I will place the extremely fine needles at various points on the body, a catered treatment according to your body and specific needs. After which you will rest for about 20-30 minutes.
In addition to acupuncture treatment, dietary, lifestyle, and other exercises are often recommended. I typically give all my patients an acupressure handout so that they can do their, “homework” and give continuity to the treatments in my office.
Acupuncture and Fertility
The process of conception can, at times, be stressful! If you’ve been trying for some time, you may want to consider acupuncture as an adjunct to your methods. I’ve always suggested that both partners be involved in fertility treatments. I enjoy working with both partners at the same time or in different sessions. This can help in many ways, not least of all in stress reduction!
In general, when your body is feeling balanced, regular, and safe, the chances of conception increase. This is one of the most significant contributions that Chinese medicine can offer in this process. Another important place to start with fertility treatments have to do with harmonizing your cycle. One of the first steps is to make sure both your mood and cycle are regular and tranquil. Acupuncture can help in regulating menstrual cycles and aid in fertility. Additionally, studies have shown that getting acupuncture during in-vitro fertilization (IVF) can help make the procedure up to 70% more effective.