While acupuncture is known to be beneficial for health issues ranging from back pain to migraines, it may be a surprise for some people to learn that those same needles can ease the discomforts of pregnancy.
Pregnancy symptoms that can be eased or even completely alleviated by acupuncture include:
- Morning sickness
- Sleep problems
- Swelling in the legs
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Lower back pain
- Pelvic pain
In addition, acupuncture can help pregnant women relax, decreasing the chance of miscarriage and helping regulate blood pressure. What to Expect offers even more information on how these treatments can aid pregnant women and even allow them to rely less on over-the-counter medications.
As due date nears, acupuncture with moxibustion (the burning of the herb mugwort to warm acupuncture points) can turn a breech baby, help prepare the body for delivery, and induce labor, if needed.
The benefits of acupuncture do not end once the baby is born, either. Acupuncture can also help with postpartum symptoms and pains that can follow pregnancy, and help with let-down or insufficient lactation issues. Some women even receive acupuncture during labor and delivery to help relieve pains and stress during childbirth.
Acupuncture during pregnancy is considered safe when performed by a trained and licensed professional, but be sure to check with your doctor to weigh the risks and benefits. Fortunately, for most women, the potential risks are minor, and are generally limited to bruising, notes SheKnows.
Many other women’s health issues can be treated with acupuncture, as well. These include infertility, menopause, PMS, menstrual problems, UTIs, endometriosis, PCOS and fibroids.
For more information on how you can ease your pregnancy symptoms or receive help for other health issues with acupuncture, call WellStream Acupuncture at 323-463-9355 for a brief phone consultation today.