Pregnancy and Acupuncture

Accessible Acupuncture offers acupuncture for people who are trying to become pregnant, people who are currently pregnant, people giving birth, and people who have recently given birth.  

When done by an acupuncturist, acupuncture is safe at every stage of pregnancy.  

Acupuncture is well known for supporting pregnancy by stopping pain, promoting relaxation, and reducing nausea. 

Morning Sickness
Doesn't just happen in the morning

Pericardium Six (Pc6), or Inner Gate is a lovely acupuncture point for so many conditions. During the first trimester, many people have nausea, vomiting, and heartburn. Acupuncture or acupressure on pericardium six can be a great way to hold on to your breakfast. But morning sickness doesn't just happen in the morning, it can last 24/7. Morning sickness wrist bands hold pressure on pericardium six.

You can find this acupuncture point two fingers widths above the crease in your wrist and between the two tendons on the center of your forearm.

Pc6 isn't the only tool for nausea during pregnancy, I have also had great successes with gua sha on the back of the neck, ginger or mint tea, and a bland diet. 

Second Trimester

Pregnancy can be a wonderful time, but it can also be incredibly uncomfortable. Growing a baby inside your uterus can pull on your low back and hips; the pregnancy hormones loosen and relax your pelvis; and on top of all that, your bladder is being used as a soccer ball. Pregnancy is not just glowing skin and luscious hair.

Aches and pains become common in the second trimester of pregnancy. There are many ways to reduce those aches and pains that are safe and effective including acupuncture, massage, prenatal yoga, pelvic floor physiotherapy, cupping, and laser acupuncture. I regularly help pregnant folks reduce low back, neck, shoulder, and hip pain.

If you aren't able to come for acupuncture, there are things you can do at home to feel better. A warm (not hot) bath, have your feet massaged, wearing an SI belt (after talking to your obstetrician/midwife), or gentle exercise can be relaxing and pain-relieving.

Any severe or persistent pain should be evaluated by an obstetrician or midwife.

Third Trimester

There is so much that acupuncture has to offer during the third trimester of pregnancy. By this time most pregnant people are uncomfortable, not sleeping well, and they are ready to meet their baby. Acupuncture can reduce aches and pain, improve sleep, and prepare the body for labour and delivery.

Weekly treatments in the last six weeks of pregnancy promote cervical ripening, encourage engagement (baby's head moving into the pelvis), and soften the tissues for a smooth labour. Acupuncture can also be used to promote contractions after 40 weeks.

Acupuncture Doula
Acupuncture for pain relief during labour

Acupuncture, acupressure, and doula support are amazing for labour and birthing. Acupuncture can be used during early labour and active labour to reduce pain, to promote relaxation, and to support transition.

You can now book an acupuncture treatment during your labour.  You can receive acupuncture during a hospital birth (based on hospital and AHS guidelines), home birth, or at a birth center. A Doula Acupuncturist supports the birthing person by providing pain relief, giving acupuncture and acupressure, providing information, offering birthing position suggestions, providing counterpressure, and guiding your spouse on how to support your labour. Good pain control and support reduce the need for a cesarean delivery, decreases labour time, and supports labour 

A Doula Acupuncturist does not take the place of partner support, an obstetrician, or a midwife. Doula Acupuncturists do not make medical decisions, catch babies, or perform vaginal exams. 

If you are interested in having acupuncture during your labour, please call the clinic for availability and pricing. 

Turning Breech Babies
Moxa, Moxa, Baby.

At 34 weeks, most pregnant folks know if their baby is head down or head up. When the baby is head up it is called breech position and this is not an ideal position for a baby to be in during delivery because it means they are birthed feet first. Thirty-four weeks is the ideal time to use acupuncture and moxibustion to turn baby so they are head down. Babies can be turned later than 34 weeks, but we are the most successful at 34 weeks.

How to use Moxa to Turn a Breech Baby

for educational purposes only

Melanie's favourite books on pregnancy, birth, and doula work

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Acupuncture works with your body to engage your body's healing. Acupuncture is used for many health conditions including pain, mental health, obstetrics and gynecological concerns. Acupuncture works to reduce inflammation, improve circulation, decrease pain, release endorphins, increase tissue healing, and balance hormones. Acupuncture is deeply relaxing and many people rest or sleep during their treatment.

Melanie Morrill

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