Acupuncture a Safe and Effective Tool During Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is such an exciting time for women!

A growing family, a special bond with their partner, and the anticipation for the baby waiting patiently inside a growing belly. However, with all the excitement, a momma-to-be needs all the support she can get. From difficulty sleeping, new aches and pains, fluctuating hormones, and new worries to think about, this is exactly why acupuncture has become a sought after safe and effective resource for expecting momma’s.

A 2020 study found that acupuncture significantly improved the sleep quality of pregnant women by helping to increase melatonin secretion. It was recommended as a low-cost and safe alternative treatment for women struggling with their sleep. 

Morning sickness, a common concern during the early weeks of pregnancy, usually starting around 6 weeks and lasting through to 12-16 weeks, has been shown to benefit from acupuncture treatment as well. A 2021 Systematic review and meta-analysis suggested that acupuncture was an effective treatment for relieving nausea and vomiting in pregnant women. It is believed that acupuncture is helpful through its regulation of the sympathetic (fight or flight) and parasympathetic (rest and digest) nervous systems.  My clinical experience is 2-3 times a week for one to two weeks and can resolve nausea during pregnancy.

Acupuncture is also an excellent approach to reduce and resolve low back pain during pregnancy

As a woman’s body starts to change later in her pregnancy, new aches and pains can become common. While it is encouraged to remain as active as your body allows to help combat any pain, sometimes extra support is needed. One study found that acupuncture was more effective than physiotherapy in receiving treatment for back pain in pregnant women. Another study concluded the safety of acupuncture in pregnant women with low back pain, finding that it was an effective treatment option with no side-effects. 

If you’re expecting, we are here to support you on your pregnancy journey! Acupuncture is a safe, effective, and supportive tool to help you thrive throughout pregnancy!  To learn more about our approach during pregnancy check out the pregnancy resource page and I also invite you to book your 15 minute free Discover Call

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