What are the key benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy? This question gets asked a lot. If you are trying acupuncture for the first time during pregnancy, it may be because your doctor, doula, midwife or friends recommended it - I'm glad you're here!
Acupuncture is a gentle, effective therapy that helps bring balance to the body's most natural state at any given time. During pregnancy, that balanced state is particularly sensitive due to all of the changes happening in your body. Most often, discomfort is caused by Qi stagnation or Qi counterflow, and this is where acupuncture shines is in its ability to clear "the way" for natural flow. When received regularly, the flow is clear and smooth, preventing a backlog of accumulating issues.
Imagine a river where an old tree log has fallen across it. Clearing the log right away and regular maintenance prevents other debris from building up behind it an causing a potential flood or landslide. Downstream, plants dry up... You get the gist!
So how can acupuncture help you during pregnancy? Here are a few of the key benefits:
Alleviating Pregnancy-Related Symptoms: Acupuncture can help manage various discomforts associated with pregnancy such as nausea, vomiting, back pain, pelvic pain, headaches, and fatigue without the use of medication. It promotes a general sense of well-being during pregnancy, helping to balance and optimize the body's energy flow.
Reducing Stress: Acupuncture can aid in relaxation and stress reduction by stimulating the release of endorphins, calming the nervous system, and promoting a sense of overall well-being.
Promoting Optimal Fetal Positioning: Studies show that acupuncture combined with moxibustion can assist in optimizing fetal positioning, potentially reducing the likelihood of a breech or posterior baby. Specifically, one of these points on the corner of the pinky toes is meant to reposition babies that are breeched (Bladder-67).
Preparing for and Inducing Labor: Acupuncture can help to ripen the cervix and encourage the baby to engage in the optimal position for smooth delivery. It has also been used to help induce labor naturally in full-term pregnancies.