Acupuncture During Pregnancy
From conception to delivery, acupuncture can help during pregnancy
Pregnancy can be a touchy topic, especially considering that most women will experience difficulties during conception, pregnancy, or post-delivery. From pain and discomfort to the challenges of infertility, the journey to motherhood can be daunting and stressful. And, as is often the case when physical pain, frustration, and stress are hurdles to overcome in order to successfully and safely reach your goal, the person experiencing the wonderful gift of pregnancy and birth may have a tough time seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. But there are many available options for women to consider that can combat infertility, help alleviate stress and anxiety, and reduce pregnancy-related pain and discomfort—however one of the least invasive, safest, and traditionally effective methods may go unnoticed.
No matter where you are on your journey towards motherhood, acupuncture treatment is something you should strongly consider as a solution to many of the bothersome issues that impact aspiring moms.
Alleviating stress during pregnancy through acupuncture can lead to conception
Acupuncture therapy has long been accepted by both the medical community, and the patients that have tried—and benefited—from continual treatment, as a reliable means of ridding the mind, and subsequently the body, of stress. By focusing on unblocking the body’s natural flow of energy or qi (“chee”), acupuncture is able to restore a sense of control and empowerment that patients can use to effectively quell inner turmoil and return a sense of calming balance to the mind and body that can prove helpful in conceiving. After all, when you are frustrated and stressed over your seeming inability to conceive, it only makes sense to remove the agitator and help your body to function efficiently in hope that it leads to a natural conception and a healthy delivery. So, if you are one of the many women today stressing-out over conception challenges and the nagging thought of infertility, continual acupuncture therapy can help ease your concerns, settle your mind, and help get you into an optimal state—both mentally and physically—to conceive.
Combating Infertility with Acupuncture
Sometimes no matter how calm and stress-free you are, conception can still be an elusive goal. Your body may have a condition that is actively preventing conception, such as an under-performing or over-performing thyroid, that must be addressed before you can progress to conception. Acupuncture therapy, when used in conjunction with herbal and traditional medicine has been shown to effectively treat some of the identified causes of infertility. However, in cases where acupuncture does not lead directly past infertility, it still has noted benefits including, but not limited to, increasing blood flow to the endometrium, and supporting overall ovarian and follicular functionality.
When it comes to using acupuncture to combat infertility, more therapy is often better than less—consider at least 3 to 4 months of continual therapy before trying alternative means of conception like in vitro fertilization or a donor egg transfer. Unfortunately, there are no guarantees, however, research has shown positive signs indicating that even the simpler mix of acupuncture therapy and herbal medicine can help women successfully conceive in a safe and minimally invasive manner.
Fighting Pregnancy-related Pain with Acupuncture
What if infertility and stress aren’t your concerns, but rather you want something to help you deal with the pains of pregnancy—can acupuncture help? The resounding answer is a relieving “Yes!” A hardly hidden part of pregnancy is the associated common discomforts of body aches, morning sickness, hemorrhoids, and constipation to name a few. Each woman experiences a different combination of these symptoms, which means treatment will depend on both the symptoms and severity. This is where the relationship between you and your acupuncturist comes into play, as it is important that you communicate openly and honestly about your symptoms, levels of pain, and how the therapy is affecting your body. A skilled acupuncturist will work with you to develop a therapeutic approach that is tailored to your specific needs, resulting in the much-desired alleviation of pain and discomfort.
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