Acupuncture and acupressure have long been a method to support women during pregnancy and post partum. Helping to relieve symptoms such as nasuea and pain, you may want to try acupuncture to manage many of the common symptoms associated with pregnancy.
Benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy
Many people use acupuncture to help relieve some common symptoms of pregnancy such as heartburn, swelling in the legs, arpal tunnel syndrome, nausea, back pain, headaches and morning sickness.
Here are some pregnancy symptoms acupuncture has been used to treat:
Traditional wrist points have been shown to reduce pregnancy related nausea.
Lower Back Pain
Some research suggests that acupuncture can reduce pregnancy-related pain in the lower back along with pelvic pain.
Getting to sleep and staying asleep is trickier than ever during pregnancy — but some research has shown that moms-to-be who get acupuncture sleep better.
Moxibustion during pregnancy
Moxibustion is based on the same basic principles as acupuncture, but instead of inserting needles, long sticks of the mugwort herb are burned near certain acupuncture points along your body. Both the heat from the burning and properties of the herb itself are thought to provide physical benefits.
Some studies have shown that daily sessions of moxibustion (either alone or combined with acupuncture) may increase fetal activity and therefore help turn a baby from a breech position to the more delivery-friendly heads-down position. However, other studies have found moxibustion to be no more effective than doing nothing.
How we can help
At West End Women’s Health, we offer pregnancy support acupuncture to help ease common symptoms you may be facing through any trimester. We offer diet + nutrition counselling along with lifestyle tips to help your experience easier.