Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum

 Experience a happier and healthier child birthing year for both you and baby.

Prenatal Wellness | Breech Babies | Labor Preparation | Acupuncture Induction | Postnatal Wellness

 

Our perinatal acupuncturist can help you enjoy a happier, healthier pregnancy, more efficient labor and smoother postpartum journey.

 

Benefits of Pregnancy Acupuncture

Pregnancy Acupuncture supports optimal health and nourishment for both mother and baby.

  • Reduces morning sickness

  • Improves energy and circulation

  • Reduces pain and discomfort as body changes

  • Softens the cervix and stimulates contractions

  • Reduces rate of medical intervention during labor

  • Enhances lactation and milk supply

  • Improves recovery post childbirth

  • Decreases postpartum depression

 

areas of expertise treating pregnancy and Postpartum

We specialize in holistic maternity care for pregnancy, labor preparation and postpartum.

 

PRENATAL WELLNESS

Reduce ailments of morning sickness, fatigue, swelling and pain while relaxing mind and body for a healthy pregnancy.

Acupuncture is a safe, gentle & effective modality to support a healthy pregnancy, reduce miscarriage risk, alleviate common symptoms of morning sickness, fatigue, swelling, sciatica, and low back pain, relax the mind and body, balance emotions, and address conditions such as hyperemesis, preeclampsia, and gestational diabetes.


BREECH BABIES

Encourage baby to turn head down and anterior to correct fetal positioning in cases of breech and posterior babies.

Moxibustion is commonly used in cases of breech or posterior presentations to encourage the baby to move into a more favorable position. Moxa is a non-invasive, relaxing modality of Chinese Medicine that uses the application of warmth to stimulate specific acupuncture points which aid the baby in turning.


LABOR PREPARATION

Pre-birth acupuncture encourages cervical ripening and oxytocin release to prepare the body for a smoother labor.

Labor Preparation Acupuncture is commonly recommended by OBGYNs beginning at 34-36 weeks to support a more timely and efficient labor. Weekly pre-birth acupuncture has been shown to decrease medical interventions by as much as 35% and often eliminates the need for acupuncture induction.


ACUPUNCTURE INDUCTION

Stimulate contractions and oxytocin release to gently induce labor and avoid medical induction when past due.

Once past-term or in the event membranes rupture without labor progressing, acupuncture induction can be used to stimulate uterine contractions, release tensions in the body, and calm anxieties around childbirth. Birth partners are encouraged to attend to deepen connection, bonding, and oxytocin release.


POSTNATAL WELLNESS

Promote healthy lactation, sleep and emotions to balance the joys and challenges of the postpartum transition.

Acupuncture is a wonderful way to support women with integrating their transition into motherhood. Whether it’s your first child or fifth, acupuncture can help reduce the risk of postpartum depression, replenish vital energy after childbirth, promote healthy lactation, and balance the many joys and challenges during this time.


MOTHER WARMING

Aids and eases recovery after vaginal or cesarean birth while supporting deep restoration and relaxation.

Traditionally known as "Mother Roasting," this modality is commonly used during the first few weeks of postpartum and involves the application of moxibustion to the abdomen and sacrum to aid in childbirth recovery, warm the uterus and reduce afterpains, raise the pelvic floor, and promote deeply restorative relaxation.


LACTATION SUPPORT

Encourage healthy lactation and adequate milk supply for a smoother breastfeeding experience.

Acupuncture, diet/nutrition, and herbal medicine can be safely used to support healthy lactation and a smoother breastfeeding experience by enhancing quality and production of breast milk, stimulating the ‘let-down reflex,’ alleviating mastitis and clogged milk ducts, and reducing discomfort during weaning.


CESAREAN RECOVERY

Promote deeper, complete healing to reduce scarring and impact on future reproductive health.

We use moxibustion and surgical scar reduction treatments to optimize recovery post-cesarean, stimulating the body’s healing capacities to reduce scarring and adhesions, reduce irritation and infections, support future fertility, and increase future VBAC success.


Pregnancy Conditions We Commonly Treat

 

Anemia and Low Iron

Breech Baby

Cesarean Birth Recovery

Clogged Milk Ducts

Difficult and Prolonged Labor

Fatigue and Exhaustion

Gestational Diabetes

Hemorrhoids

Hyperemesis

Insufficient Lactation

Low Back Pain

Mastitis

Morning Sickness

Muscle Aches and Pain

Pelvic Girdle Pain

Postpartum Anxiety

Postpartum Depression

Preeclampsia

Pubic Symphysis Pain

Sciatica

Swelling and Edema

Threatened Miscarriage

Uterine Cramping

Urinary Incontinence

Urinary Tract Infections

VBAC Support

Vulval Varicosities

Weakened Pelvic Floor

 

Timing of Pregnancy Acupuncture treatments

Pregnancy acupuncture can be started at any time, and is safe, gentle and effective during each trimester.

 
 

1st Trimester

Weekly treatments recommended to support the stages of early pregnancy and alleviate morning sickness and overall fatigue.

2nd Trimester

Monthly treatments to maintain a healthy pregnancy, reduce complications, and relieve aches and pains.

3rd Trimester

During the last month of pregnancy weekly ‘pre-birth’ treatments are recommended to prepare the body for labor.

Postpartum

Treatment every two weeks during the first month postpartum is ideal to support recovery, lactation, energy and mood.

 

Importance of Western Prenatal Care

 

While acupuncture offers many benefits during pregnancy and can reduce the need for Western medications and interventions, it is important to remember that acupuncture is complementary care and not intended to take the place of Western prenatal care.

Many OBGYNs, Midwives and PCPs recognize the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for maintaining a successful pregnancy and preparing for childbirth, often referring patients for complementary care with acupuncture. However, if your OBGYN, Midwife, or PCP has any concerns about your condition or the use of acupuncture, we are always glad to coordinate care and communicate directly with your primary prenatal care provider to ensure the best possible care for you and your baby.

 
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