Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Robert Moffett, Acupuncturist

Bringing a new life into the world is a miracle, a joy, and a privilege. It’s also physically difficult and emotionally demanding. 

As more women turn to drug-free pregnancies and deliveries, acupuncture for pregnant women has become a popular way to treat the unpleasant side effects of pregnancy, all the way from conception to birth.

Acupuncture During the First Trimester

Between morning sickness, migraines, exhaustion, heartburn, and back aches, the first trimester is often the most difficult. For many women, acupuncture treatments alleviate these symptoms, allowing them to enjoy the changes their bodies are going through while finally experiencing that glow everyone keeps talking about. Treatments are normally given once a month, and an average session lasts about 50 minutes.

Women usually feel a pleasant sensation during the treatments, similar to a slight heaviness where the needle is inserted. More severe cases of morning sickness may require more frequent treatments.

Acupuncture During the Second Trimester

The second trimester is often referred to as the “honeymoon” of pregnancy – while it’s not quite a walk on one of our beautiful beaches (like Wrightsville Beach or Carolina Beach), the early symptoms of the first trimester have usually lessened, and the third trimester is a few weeks away. Still, occasional acupuncture treatments during this time can be beneficial, especially for persistent heartburn, improved sleep quality, balance issues, and low back pain caused by an ever expanding belly.

Acupuncture During the Third Trimester

Emotions may run high while preparing for pregnancy and delivery, causing stress and anxiety. For those women who suffer from depression and stopped taking medication while pregnant, feelings of dread, gloom, and hopelessness might resurface. In both scenarios, prenatal acupuncture can offer relief in a safe and natural way, ensuring a calm and serene environment for both mother and baby.

Once they’re caring for a newborn, many mothers look back on their pregnancy as the easy part, though it may not have felt that way at the time. 

Postpartum Acupuncture

This is why keeping up with regular acupuncture treatments even after giving birth can be a huge help to new moms, especially those experiencing exhaustion and postpartum depression.

Because there are some pressure points that are contraindicated during pregnancy, it is important to inform Robert if you are pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant.

Remember – one of the best things you can give your child is a strong, healthy, happy mother. Schedule your prenatal acupuncture appointments with Acupuncture Associates – for you, and for your baby.


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