Acupuncture During Pregnancy : Is It Safe?

Acupuncture – The art of inserting thin needles into the body is known to cure many medical problems. You might be a little apprehensive towards it, especially if you are pregnant because when it comes down to it, it is in fact, having your body poked and prodded with needles. So why should you even consider this in the first place?

Acupuncture mainly deals with channeling the energy that is found underneath your skin linking to various parts of your body. This is done to stimulate the body’s healing process to bring back the natural equilibrium.

Acupuncture is a very safe option for pregnant women especially if you are wanting to treat minor ailments without medicines. A few common pregnancy-related conditions that can be treated with acupuncture are:

1. Varying blood pressure.

2. Morning sickness.

3. Migraine and other headaches.

4. Constipation.

5. Fatigue or tiredness.

6. Back ache

7. Heartburn

8. Tender breasts

There are very few chances that Acupuncture might hurt the little baby growing in your belly. It might not be effective on the first go but with regular practice, it is known to give a more permanent solution to your problems.

Acupuncture for labour

Apart from dealing with certain symptoms during pregnancy, acupuncture can also be used to induce labour in pregnancies that are overdue. But this is done only after getting a green light from your OB/GYN and taking all your medical conditions into account. Sometimes it is known to a rapid effect but it can also take a few days before it works.

Acupuncture after birth

Healing after giving birth to your baby can be a long and exhaustive process. One can take the help of acupuncture to speed up the healing process and to also deal with fatigue that comes postpartum.

For moms who are having a hard time breastfeeding, acupuncture can help increase the milk supply by clearing out blocked ducts (Mastitis).

Risks of Acupuncture during pregnancy

Stimulating certain points on your body may induce uterine contractions which may lead to a miscarriage. This is the reason why it’s important for you to go to a certified acupuncturist who has some experience in dealing with pregnant women. Do not attempt acupuncture on yourself but you can ask for your acupuncturist for certain pressure points that you press (acupressure) if you’re experiencing pain or discomfort. 

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