Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture can be an invaluable tool for making your pregnancy, labor, and post partum recovery a smoother, more healthy experience. Natural Qi’s warm, caring, gentle treatments are a natural approach to strengthening your system to promote the most comfortable, balanced experience from conception to birth. Click below or scroll down to learn more.

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What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture helps to balance the flow of energy, or qi (pronounced “chee”), through certain channels in the body. Through nourishing undernourished areas and clearing out stagnant areas in these channels, acupuncture promotes the normal balanced flow of qi through the body and restores health.

During pregnancy, your body accumulates nutrients, qi, blood and other substances for the growth of your baby. Sufficient and balanced qi and blood as well as a strong prepared body and mind help to ensure a smooth labor and delivery. Postpartum recovery is the process of rebuilding your qi and blood lost in the process of pregnancy and childbirth.

Healthy parents help ensure healthy babies. Along with regular OBGYN visits with your doctor, acupuncture is the perfect complement to promoting your and your child’s health. To learn more about acupuncture – click here.

Is acupuncture safe? Can it harm the baby?

Acupuncture is completely safe for you and your baby. There is much research demonstrating that acupuncture has no negative affects on your baby in utero or after delivery. It is very important, however, that you go to a registered, licensed acupuncturist with experience treating pregnant women. It is best to ask your physician or midwife if they can recommend someone with years of experience administering acupuncture to pregnant women. Always keep your medical providers informed of your decision to use acupuncture.

Licensed acupuncturists use high quality stainless steel acupuncture needles that are sterile and disposable. Needles are never reused, not even on the same patient. Acupuncture has been repeatedly shown to be a very safe treatment modality.

Acupuncture during pregnancy
Many women seek out natural, non-invasive remedies for the discomforts and issues of pregnancy. Acupuncture is the perfect treatment for problems during pregnancy because it is effective, drug-free, and is completely safe for the baby.

Conditions treated during 1st Trimester

Conditions treated during 2nd Trimester

  • Backache/Sciatica
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • General body aches
  • Headaches/Migraines
  • Heartburn
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Preeclampsia
  • Pubic symphysis pain
  • Round Ligament Pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Varicose veins

Conditions treated during 3rd Trimester

Labor Preparation and Induction
Acupuncture is an invaluable tool for preparing your body for labor and delivery. Weekly treatments start at 37 weeks and begin signaling your body to open and relax your pelvic floor muscles, allow the baby to lower into position, and calm any anxiety you may have. Mothers commonly report being more in touch with their bodies and obstetricians report smoother labors after acupuncture labor preparation.

Acupuncture can be an extremely effective method of starting labor as a natural alternative to drugs such as prostaglandins or Pitocin. There is much research proving that acupuncture treatments stimulate the pituitary gland to release labor hormones, stimulate the uterus to contract and stimulate the release of endorphins for pain relief and relaxation necessary for labor to progress. Contractions sometimes begin during the acupuncture treatments and mothers will report a feeling of loosened pelvic floor muscles after the treatment.

Learn more about acupuncture to induce labor

Acupuncture during childbirth
Many American mothers have begun exploring ways to have safe and effective labors that either reduce or do not include administration of drugs. Acupuncture’s ability to smooth the flow of blood and qi in a woman’s body during labor enhances women’s abilities to maintain strength, relaxation and reduce pain.

Highly experienced with using acupuncture to treat pregnant women and gynecological health, Melani Bolyai has served as an Acupuncture Supervisor in LutheranMedicalCenter’s labor and delivery ward providing instruction on how to use acupuncture to induce labor and reduce labor pain. She has also been an integral part of a research study at Lutheran on acupuncture usage during labor.

Acupuncture for childbirth conditions

  • Anxiety/stress
  • Back Pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Delayed labor
  • Failure to dilate, contract or progress
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Pelvic pain