Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Renee Pierce is an acupuncturist at Banner Baywood Medical Center, Banner Heart Hospital and Banner Gateway Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona.
Question: I recently spoke to my neighbor about her experience with acupuncture while she was pregnant. Is this a safe and effective treatment for women to pursue during pregnancy?
Answer: The whole world of Chinese medicine has the potential to offer a lot to women during pregnancy from the first onset of morning or all day sickness to the aches and pains the body goes through as it adjusts to accommodate a new life.
According to the basic philosophy in Chinese Medicine “where there is flow there is no pain and where there is pain there is no flow.”
Acupuncture itself can be extremely valuable right up to delivery and after. Acupuncture is safe and can be quite effective, especially in older expectant mothers whose discomforts are more common. Some of the symptoms women experience during pregnancy like headaches, hemorrhoids, nausea, backaches, neck and shoulder pain, swelling, constipation, and fatigue may be treated with continuous acupuncture treatments.
It is important to discuss these symptoms with your physician before pursuing any form of alternative medicine. In some cases, acupuncture may not be able to eliminate all of the symptoms, but frequently a reduction of the intensity of these symptoms can be expected.
Whether you are considering pregnancy or currently pregnant, consider talking to your acupuncturist about making the experience a healthful one for you and your baby and as always, please consult your primary care physician to identify the best treatment options that are right for you.
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