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Chinese Medicine has a long history of offering support for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. In modern times, research studies have confirmed that acupuncture is safe in pregnancy.

In my practice, I support patients through all trimesters of pregnancy and into postpartum, which is known as the fourth trimester. Here are some common concerns that we can address with acupuncture:

First trimester:

Second Trimester:

  • All of the above conditions, plus:
  • Immune support for colds and flu
  • Digestive support- constipation, acid reflux, heartburn, hemorrhoids, etc.
  • Mood support- depression, anxiety, stress
  • Back pain, neck pain, and hip pain. Read more about acupuncture for back and hip pain.
  • Groin and pelvic pain
  • Carpal tunnel, and other pregnancy discomforts
  • Allergies and nasal congestion
  • Sleep support

Third Trimester:

  • All of the above conditions, plus:
  • Supporting the parent to optimize the baby’s position for breech and transverse positions
  • Supporting the parent to prepare for medical induction
  • Supporting the parent for C-section
  • Supporting the parent for natural labor support. Read more about acupuncture for pre-labor.

Postpartum  (Fourth Trimester):

  • Healing and recovery after birth, including healing after C-section. “Mother/Parent Warming” is an ancient technique using acupuncture and moxibustion for postpartum healing. Read more about Mother Warming. 
  • Breast milk production support
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Back, neck, pelvic and arm pain (and other types of muscle-skeletal pains)
  • Prolapse
  • Immune support
  • Headaches and Migraine
  • Mood support- mood swings, anxiety, depression, stress and overwhelm
  • Sleep support
  • Digestive support- hemorrhoids, constipation, etc.
  • Hormonal fluctuations and menses returning

If you have any questions on how acupuncture can support you during pregnancy or postpartum, please contact my office for more information: https://danielafreda.com/contact/

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