Most people have heard that acupuncture can support fertility, but did you know that acupuncture is also a wonderful way to support you and your baby during pregnancy? Many women have found welcome relief for everything from the early symptoms such as morning sickness, back pain, and heartburn, to late pregnancy issues such as turning a breech baby and inducing labor. Acupuncture is a natural, gentle way to maintain your health and well being during this amazing time of life.
One of the most important outcomes of acupuncture during pregnancy is the relief of stress. Stress is a contributor to many health conditions in our modern society. It releases cortisol into the body, which affects a wide range of processes including suppressing the immune system and constricting blood vessels. Maternal stress has been linked with preterm delivery. By de-stressing with acupuncture, you are boosting your immune system, increasing blood flow, and decreasing inflammation in your body. All this adds up to giving your baby a more peaceful and nourished start.
Acupuncture can also help prepare the body for labor and delivery. Studies have shown that if acupuncture is received once a week from 37 weeks until delivery, labor is shorter and easier. You can find a summary of the research here.
Pre and postpartum care
Below is an list of the many ways acupuncture can support mom and baby during and after pregnancy.
More specific information about how acupuncture can support the conditions on this list may be found at: Acufinder.com.
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