One of the main benefits of acupuncture is that it’s considered a safe, natural drug-free alternative to conventional medications. However, in the case of pregnant women many may be concerned about the effects it could have on their unborn child.
The good news is, because there is very little risk of side effects, acupuncture is a popular choice of therapy for many mothers-to-be. It helps to block pain signals by releasing endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. A regular session will keep the body balanced and ensure the smooth flow of positive Qi energy. That said, it is essential that acupuncture is only carried out by a qualified, fully licensed practitioner who has experience with treating pregnant women.
Acupuncture should never be considered as an alternative to conventional antenatal care. However, it is an effective complementary therapy that can be used to treat a number of pregnancy complaints, including the following.
A trained practitioner will use acupuncture on specific points along the wrists to reduce nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.
Lower Back Pain
Acupuncture can be more effective than conventional massages, heat pads, exercise and medication to treat lower back pain during pregnancy.
It can help alleviate depression during pregnancy and is also effective after the birth by helping a new mother recover her strength and lessen the symptoms of postnatal depression.
Several acupuncture points are known to induce contractions so these should only be used when the pregnancy is full term with the agreement of your obstetrician. However, acupuncture can significantly help to reduce stress and anxiety during labour.
Acupuncture is a natural sleep aid and can effectively reduce hip pain and restless leg syndrome during the last trimester.