Pregnancy FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions – Pregnancy, Labour, and Postnatal Care

What types of pregnancy-related concerns can acupuncture treat?
When can I begin treatment?
How often would I receive treatment?
Are there any side effects of acupuncture for pregnancy?

What types of pregnancy-related concerns can acupuncture treat?

 

 Acupuncture can be used to treat:

  • Nausea/ morning sickness and severe hyperemesis (vomiting)
  • Stress
  • Migraines
  • Heartburn
  • Back pain, Sciatica
  • Pubic and Hip pain
  • Joint pain
  • Breech presentation
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Surgical scarring
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Post partum depression
  • Lactation difficulties
  • Mastitis
  • Stretch marks

 

When can I begin treatment?

 

If you have never tried acupuncture before but would like to alleviate current symptoms, you can begin treatment right away. To optimize your body’s own potential for a healthy pregnancy and delivery, it is best to begin treatments a few months prior to conception and then again throughout your pregnancy as prescribed by your practitioner. Since acupuncture works by restoring proper circulation and energy flow, regulating the endocrine system (which controls hormone function) and reducing stress levels, it can help to make your experience of pregnancy and the birthing process as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

 

 

How often would I receive treatment?

 

This would depend on your particular condition. For acute symptoms, you may need to come on a daily basis until the symptoms subside.

For chronic conditions, we recommend at least one to two visits per week.

 

 

Are there any side effects of acupuncture for pregnancy?        

 

Most patients find acupuncture to be very relaxing and often fall asleep during treatment! Acupuncture is very safe when done by a qualified practitioner. You should inform your practitioner if you are on any blood thinning medication, as acupuncture can promote blood circulation and thus increase your chances of bruising around the acupoints. For patients who have had previous miscarriages or complications in pregnancy or are currently experiencing a high risk pregnancy, it is necessary to inform the practitioner who will assess you and decide whether alternative modalities of treatment would be better for you.