From the moment you learn you are pregnant, you don’t look at anything that is part of your daily routine in the same way. Suddenly everything is a suspected detriment to your baby’s formation and health – coffee, smoking, alcohol, traveling, and so forth. It is only natural for you to wonder if your regular visits for acupuncture will need to be disrupted. The good news is that acupuncture is not just safe for pregnant women; in fact, it is highly recommended.
Acupuncture during pregnancy can help you with several of the common pregnancy symptoms, including morning sickness and low back pain. In addition, it can also help you prevent a non-genetic-related miscarriage. It does this by reducing the stress hormone that can contribute to miscarriage. Since this is also what can keep you from becoming pregnant, acupuncture may even aid in you getting pregnant in the first place.
What is even more exciting is that regular acupuncture appointments can help you have a healthier baby. By improving blood flow to the umbilical artery, your child will have improved microcirculation, improved blood vessel tone, better nourishment, and improved immunological support. It has been found that women who continued with acupuncture through their pregnancies gave birth to babies with a better AGPAR score, which is how the physical health of your baby at birth is classified.
Acupuncture helps you, too, Mom! You gain from the improved immunity, less morning sickness, and often an easier delivery. Most mothers who receive acupuncture report a reduced need for pain medications during labor, as well.
At Triveda Wellness, we usually see clients at our Asheville, North Carolina wellness center who are looking at acupuncture for anxiety or back pain, but we want you to know that if you are pregnant, there is no reason why you shouldn’t continue with those treatments. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about acupuncture or any of our services that can help you be your best.