Pregnancy is not just a period of excitement and anticipation. It also comes with its fair share of discomforts and sometimes pains that are part of pregnancy. A lot of women undergo weeks or months of morning sickness, fatigue, headaches, backaches, swollen limbs, stress, and anxiety just to mention a few. As much as these symptoms are common, they can be exhausting and disrupt the joy of pregnancy. However, there are ways to mitigate these symptoms, one of which is through acupuncture. In this blog post, we shall explore the use of acupuncture during pregnancy, its benefits, and how to get started.
What is acupuncture, and how is it used during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is a form of traditional Chinese medicine that involves the insertion of tiny, hair-thin needles in specific parts of the body. It is believed to balance the life force energy (qi) that flows through the body. This process is largely painless when done by a professional acupuncturist who strictly follows safety guidelines. Acupuncture can be used during pregnancy to address various pregnancy symptoms and conditions while avoiding medication. Some of the common symptoms that acupuncture can relieve include nausea, fatigue, back and pelvic pain, insomnia, and labor induction.
Benefits of using acupuncture during pregnancy.
Acupuncture has numerous benefits to a woman’s health during pregnancy and even after delivery. Firstly, it is safe and does not have any side effects. Secondly, it can improve sleep and alleviate stress allowing the mom to relax. Thirdly, acupuncture can control morning sickness, labor pains, and induce labor when the time is right. Fourthly, it reduces pregnancy-related joint pain, headaches, and muscle tension. Fifthly, it enhances fetal growth as well as lowers the chances of caesarian delivery.
When is it safe to start using acupuncture, and how often should you do it?
For most pregnant mothers seeking acupuncture, their first session happens in the first trimester. During that session, the acupuncturist will gently insert tiny needles into certain parts of your body, such as the ears, feet, hands and so forth according to the specific symptoms or discomforts that you are experiencing. Depending on the duration of pregnancy, the sessions then continue weekly or bi-weekly. It is important to always get a professional acupuncturist who is trained and qualified to offer prenatal acupuncture care.
What are the risks associated with acupuncture during pregnancy?
While acupuncture is widely regarded as safe, there are some risks associated with it that one needs to be aware of. During the acupuncture process, you may experience some discomfort, itching or bruising. The acupuncturist is trained to minimize such risks by ensuring they use sterilized needles and clean the skin with an antiseptic. There is also a possibility of mild spotting or cramping after the procedure. However, in most cases, these symptoms disappear within a few hours.
How to choose an acupuncturist.
Acupuncture during pregnancy is a delicate process that requires a professional to ensure the safety of you and your unborn child. Therefore, it is important to choose a licensed acupuncturist who specializes in prenatal care and is accredited by recognized institution such as the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Too, you can look for recommendations from friends, family members, health care providers or conduct an online review search for experts.
Acupuncture during pregnancy is a great way to manage pregnancy discomforts and promote baby’s growth, without relying on medication. It is a natural way to help moms cope with the hormonal and physical changes that come with pregnancy. But be sure to look for a licensed acupuncturist specializing in prenatal care to ensure that both mother and baby remain safe throughout the process. Always consult with your health care provider too. Acupuncture during pregnancy provides a relaxing, beneficial approach to pregnancy and childbirth that has been used for centuries.