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Acupuncture for Pre and Post-Natal Care

If you’re pregnant and you’ve been stricken with a relentless case of morning sickness, acupuncture can help. It can also relieve some of the common side effects associated with the various trimesters of pregnancy.

It’s one thing to have morning sickness or aches and pains here and there. It comes with the territory of being pregnant. On the other hand, suffering day-in-and-day out throughout the duration of your pregnancy is really hard on the body. Many women do suffer this often and it could likely be due to some disharmony in the body adjusting to the fluctuating hormonal changes. While this is normal, it can become extremely tiresome and tough to deal with.

Here is a list of pregnancy symptoms that can be effectively managed with acupuncture before, during and after pregnancy.

  • Body aches and pain–musculoskeletal pain and sciatica (extreme back pain)
  • Morning sickness, general nausea and vomiting and acid reflux
  • Emotional symptoms
  • Digestive issues – hemorrhoids, diarrhea and constipation
  • Urinary tract problems – incontinence and reduction
  • Edema
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Hypertension
  • Headaches, migraines, or insomnia
  • Labor preparation or induction
  • Breech and Posterior positioned babies

Acupuncture also works as a wonderful way to gently prepare the pelvis and the cervix for labour. Releasing the tension in those areas makes the active stage of labour more efficient. It also may help reduce rates of medical interventions such as inductions, C-sections or excessive medication.

Acupuncture promotes recovery in postnatal care as well. It can help with strengthening the body, boosting the immune system and accelerating healing. It can also help with the following common postnatal problems:

  • Lactation problems
  • Mastitis, an infection of the breast tissue
  • Scar tissue repair
  • Postnatal depression

Getting good care during and after a pregnancy goes beyond your OB/GN. Take the step to include acupuncture in your health care regimen both throughout and after your pregnancy. It will present you with valuable results and an improved sense of well-being.

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