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Chinese Medicine has a long history of offering support for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum. In modern times, research studies have shown what we have known all along 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 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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