Many women wonder, “Is acupuncture safe for pregnancy?” More than 5000 years of Chinese medicine in practice definitively answers, “Yes!”
Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Doctors around the globe have found acupuncture can help decrease:
- morning sickness
- acid reflux
- back pain
- water retention
Acupuncture can increase a mother’s immune system, which naturally benefits the baby’s immune system. Acupuncture decreases the likelihood of miscarriage, helping moms feel more relaxed so they can sleep better and experience increased energy levels. Further, acupuncture increases blood flow in the uterus, better nourishing the baby and making for a happier, more comfortable pregnancy.
Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy
Before performing any acupuncture procedures, your practitioner will review your overall health history, including current and past health status, as well as pre-existing conditions. A specifically and methodically trained acupuncturist is well attuned to the points most beneficial for a healthy pregnancy. There are, however, acupuncture points that are contraindicated during most of pregnancy. These points are in the areas of the:
- lower leg
- low back
A pulse diagnosis also provides valuable information on the strength of your organ system energies, whether there are any imbalances or how Chi (life-force energy) and blood are flowing. An acupuncture treatment generally involves eight to 12 extremely fine needles placed at specific points on the body. For instance, areas on the abdomen can provide support for conception and to the fetus. The head and ears can help calm a mother’s mind. Specific points ont the legs can improve blood flow, providing nourishment to the womb.
Risks During Pregnancy
While there are many benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy, there are minor risks. One is bruising. However, a bruise may only last a day or two. Additionally, there are certain points that should not be pinned. For instance, during the third trimester, the back and abdomen should be avoided. Since these points may induce labor, they should also be avoided at this time:
- The top of the shoulder, typically used to treat gallbladder issues
- The dorsal part of the hand between the thumb and index finger to treat the large intestine
- Two inches above the medial malleolus, posterior to the tibia, to treat the spleen
As always, be sure to let your health practitioner know if you believe you may be pregnant to ensure the best care for you and your child. For more information about the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy, contact us for a personal consultation today!