Some misconceptions and concerns exist that may lead some individuals to avoid or hesitate in seeking acupuncture during pregnancy. These can include the risk of miscarriage, harming the fetus or stimulating labor, that treatments are painful, and that it is a placebo or lacking in scientific evidence.
Acupuncture performed by a licensed acupuncturist that specializes in perinatal care is safe and in fact, it can often help manage symptoms and promote a healthier pregnancy throughout each trimester. It is recommended that patients receive acupuncture at least as often as their routine OB visits, which is every four weeks until 36 weeks of pregnancy. At 36 weeks is the ideal time to focus on preparing the baby and body for optimal positioning and preparing the cervix and pelvis for labor.
Acupuncture has been studied for its potential therapeutic effects, and while more research is underway, there is mounting evidence to support its use for managing various pregnancy-related symptoms, pain, and stress.