Acupuncture And Pregnancy: How Safe And Effective Is It For Pregnant Moms?

By Amanda Moore, Parent Herald March 14, 04:00 am
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Acupuncture's benefits for pregnant women are already proven and supported by western expert's studies.
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Despite medical advancements and improvements in technology in the field of pregnancy, there are still some moms who rely heavily on eastern medicine practices. Acupuncture in this day and age has, in fact, never been more popular as new mothers are still discovering its many benefits.

Acupuncture has been proven to help with infertility among moms raring to get pregnant but having difficulty with conception. Acupuncturist Hannah O'Connell said she has many clients at her treatment clinic who credit acupuncture for the success of their IVF procedures, according to Irish Times.

Experts have proven in studies that acupuncture helps increase proper blood flow, which then helps thicken the lining of the endometrium, according to the American Pregnancy Association. Thus, many doctors who practice western and modern medicine encourage their patients to undergo this centuries-old eastern method if they want to improve their chances of conception.

Countless of western studies have also proven the method works during pregnancy. Issues like backaches, digestive problems, depression, fatigue, migraine, morning sickness and sleep issues commonly plague mothers until the final trimester. Some find the best relief from these via acupuncture, especially when over-the-counter drugs might risk the baby's development in the womb.

Moms considering acupuncture, however, should look for a trained professional as there could be some risks. Common problems after acupuncture sessions include soreness, redness and injury, especially if the needles are pressed too deeply and incorrectly on the skin, according to What To Expect. Hence, it is important to go to a recommended acupuncturist who has a proper clinic and never a fly-by-night operation.

For moms scared of needles, however, they can also try acupressure in place of acupuncture. This method involves firm massages on the body's pressure points on the legs, knees, elbows, hands and thumbs.

Both acupuncture and acupressure have also been proven to help with labor and delivery. Mothers benefit from this eastern method after-pregnancy care as the body recovers and heals faster. In some cases, it wards off postpartum depression as well. Learn more from the video below.

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