We have so many pregnant patients right now! Congratulations to each of those families! Acupuncture can be a great way to SAFELY address health challenges during pregnancy without side effects.
Bringing a child into the world can be one of life’s greatest gifts. But, along with the anticipation of that little bundle of joy, often comes some physical challenges and discomfort that can make for a long nine months. Did you know that acupuncture has been shown to address several issues that come up during pregnancy? Here’s what to know about the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy and what the research actually says is true.
One of the most difficult aspects of pregnancy for many women is morning sickness. For some women, it can be severe and last throughout the day. The medical term for this severe form of nausea and vomiting is called hyperemesis gravidarum.
A 2021 review of 16 previously published studies concluded that acupuncture was effective in dealing with severe nausea during pregnancy. A quick search of PubMed will bring up a host of different studies detailing how acupuncture can help with nausea symptoms even beyond pregnancy, including during cancer treatments and in palliative care settings.
Aches & Pains
The human body changes in amazing ways during pregnancy and that often brings with it pelvic and back pain in the second and third trimesters. A 2021 and a 2018 study both found acupuncture to be safe and effective in addressing lower back pain.
Another common ailment that we treat in mothers is neck and shoulder pain, especially after baby is born, from the added stress/strain of holding baby for long periods of time for nursing, caring and feeding.
Researchers have also found that acupuncture can be a great treatment option when a baby is breech. Studies show that stimulating acupuncture points BL67 and Sl1 between weeks 32 and 35 might help turn babies so they can present headfirst. In this study, participants were given 30-minute treatments for 3 days in a week and it was combined with moxibustion, another Chinese medicine treatment.
Anxiety and depression can be difficult to address during pregnancy but are more common than most people think. A small study performed in 2010 found that both acupuncture and massage helped women who had developed depressive symptoms. Researchers found that those in the acupuncture group had a reduction in overall symptoms as compared to women who underwent more traditional depression treatments.
You should always check with your us about any potential contraindications, but overall, studies have shown acupuncture to be a safe and effective alternative to dealing with many of the challenges that come during pregnancy.
And acupuncture has also been shown effective in dealing with fertility issues so you may want to begin treatments even before pregnancy!
Give us a call to talk about acupuncture for fertility and pregnancy today, and feel free to share this article with friends and family. Best wishes!
– Alpine Acupuncture