Acupuncture during pregnancy has eased discomfort and maintained prenatal health for thousands of years, and for good reason. The process, if done properly by a skilled practitioner, has wonderful benefits with few to no side effects. Below is a breakdown of how acupuncture can ease the discomforts of pregnancy.

Stress reduction
Pregnancy is a stressful time. Hormones are all over the place, everyone asks the same inane questions, nothing fits, the list goes on. All of this stress builds up in the body, and nerves begin to fray. Acupuncture releases this stress, and redirects nerve focus to reset the mind and relax the body.

Pain reduction
Throughout pregnancy, the lower back and hips take on the most pressure. The weight of the baby combined with altered blood flow and hormone shifts can cause a significant amount of pain, specifically in those areas. Acupuncture reduces pain and swelling.

Increased energy
During pregnancy, so much energy redirects to the act of creating a person that it can leave the mother feeling sluggish and half-asleep. Additionally, poor sleep patterns due to her changing body can make it nearly impossible to get through the day awake. Acupuncture stimulates the body and resets healthy sleep patterns.<

Managing depression
Prenatal and postpartum depression are widespread problems, and many antidepressants are not safe for pregnant women. However, some studies show that acupuncture is nearly as effective as Prozac at alleviating depression.

A quick, short labor
Acupuncture has worked for thousands of years to induce labor, shorten labor, and alleviate labor pain.

The side effects of acupuncture are minimal, with a skilled and qualified acupuncturist. If done incorrectly, acupuncture can cause swelling, significant pain, and infection. Since acupuncture can induce labor, it is important that the acupuncturist is familiar with prenatal acupuncture to eliminate the risk of accidentally inducing preterm labor. The best way to avoid negative side effects is to check the acupuncturist’s qualifications, and discuss all questions and concerns before receiving the first treatment.

For more information on acupuncture and other forms of holistic prenatal care, please contact us.

Laurie Binder LAc
Doctor of Acupuncture
(310) 564-4325