Acupuncture for pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum care

Posted by on Oct 8, 2014 in Fertility, Women's Health | No Comments

Pregnancy is an amazing time in a woman’s life. Many women report feeling healthier than they have ever felt before; however, the physical growth of the baby and changes in hormone levels can bring about pain, discomfort and a variety of health problems. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can provide a safe, effective way to address many of the health complications that may arise before, during and after pregnancy.

A growing number of women are choosing acupuncture to manage their health throughout their pregnancy and as an alternative treatment for an overdue or difficult labor.

Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can play a vital role in the comfort of a pregnant woman.

There is strong evidence to support the belief that acupuncture is highly effective in treating some of the most common problems experienced during pregnancy.

Some of the problems that an acupuncturist often treats during pregnancy include:

* nausea, vomiting
* heartburn
* constipation
* edema (swelling)
* pelvic pain
* neck and back pain
* sciatica
* leg cramps
* fatigue and exhaustion
* insomnia
* anxiety and depression
* water retention
Acupuncture for Childbirth

While there are acupuncture points that can provide natural pain relief during labor, acupuncture is more commonly used to induce labor. There are several points that stimulate contractions and influence cervical ripening.


Postpartum Recovery

Many women feel depleted after the birth experience. Acupuncture and Oriental medicine can help smooth the transition during those first few months after birth to ensure a quick recovery.

Some postpartum disorders that can be treated with acupuncture:

* fatigue
* postpartum depression
* mastitis
* insufficient or excessive lactation
* post-operative healing
* night sweats

Postpartum care focuses on the physical, emotional and psychological recovery of the mother from the effects of pregnancy and labor, and also supports breast feeding.

If you or someone you know is pregnant or a new parent, contact All and One Acupuncture in Northeast Portland to learn how acupuncture can support your wellness.

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