Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Conception, pregnancy, and childbirth are associated with intensive, and sometimes unnecessary, medical intervention. Acupuncture for pregnancy can be used to aid women physically and emotionally during this transitional period, promoting overall health and preventing or supplementing medical intervention. 

Conceiving 

Acupuncture can help naturally treat infertility in a variety of ways. It can improve blood flow, regulate hormones, reduce stress (which can affect fertility), and strengthen the immune system. 

Although it can help promote fertility in the above ways, not all causes of infertility can be treated with acupuncture alone. Accordingly, it can be used either on its own as a boost to fertility, or in conjunction with medical fertility treatments such as IVF. 

During Pregnancy 

Women can use acupuncture to manage pregnancy symptoms, including:

  • Reducing anxiety, which doesn't just make pregnancy easier - it can lead to better outcomes for the baby
  • Relieving nausea
  • Reducing fatigue
  • Pain relief, perhaps the most well-known use of acupuncture, can also be used to treat the aches and pains associated with pregnancy, including back pain and pain in the abdominal muscles and ligaments
  • Improving balance
  • Assist in relaxation which may help to keep blood pressure levels in check

Acupuncture for pregnancy is a strong choice for treating the physical and emotional symptoms of pregnancy, especially because there are few treatments in the traditional medical model aimed at relieving the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy. 

Every woman experiences pregnancy differently. Some women experience no nausea but great pain; others struggle with nausea the entire 40 weeks. Acupuncture for pregnancy can be tailored to treat your symptoms as they occur. It also has the benefit of being able to treat several different issues at once.

Labor 

Acupuncture can help women approach and manage labor naturally. Avoiding initial medical interventions such as induction can prevent further interventions that some women want to avoid, ranging from epidural to C-section. Acupuncture can naturally:

  • Ripen the cervix prior to labor
  • Help engage the baby's head in the pelvic outlet
  • Induce labor
  • Manage (though not eliminate) pain during labor
  • Prevent and intervene in prolonged labor

Although medical interventions are sometimes necessary or desired, avoiding interventions when possible can lead to a better outcome for both the mother and the baby. Benefits include faster healing and an easier time establishing breastfeeding. 

Finally, although acupuncture should not be performed during the first couple of weeks after labor, it can later be used to help you recover emotionally and physically during the postpartum period, including addressing any breastfeeding problems.

SouthEast Chiropractic: The Motion Centers


During conception, pregnancy, and labor, women may wish to combine acupuncture with a variety of other holistic treatments, including herbal treatments, massage, and chiropractic treatment, as well as with medical treatments when necessary. Acupuncture can naturally help make pregnancy more comfortable and labor more successful, without the potential side effects of traditional medical treatments.

SouthEast Chiropractic historically provides treatment on the premise of wellness, and we strive  to help all of our patients acheive a balanced and whole assessment of their issues for proper treatment.  Not only can we provide acupuncture for our female patients trying to conceive and for our pregnant patients, we can also assist with improved blood flow, better posture, improved balance and proper alignment through many of the modalities and treatment options available.  Our mothers nearing the end of their pregnancy can benefit from proper pelvic positioning to help the baby prepare and position for birth.

Our state of the art facilities are relaxing, and our team of doctors and staff have years of experience and a sincere desire to see our patients well.  We would be happy to establish a first appointment to discuss any issues and to share how our services can help.  We have also prepared a free and quick reading whitepaper on the benefits of acupuncture.  Simply click the button below and we will send it to your inbox.  We respect each of our contact's privacy and never share your information.