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.  

During pregnancy acupuncture helps with: 

  • Morning sickness and nausea prevention
  • Pain, especially in your low back, sciatic pain, neck, and shoulders
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Swelling and edema
  • Constipation, diarrhea, and stomach upset
  • Stress, anxiety, and mental health support 
  • Heartburn and trapped gas
  • Fatigue and insomnia
  • Breech presentation
  • Birth preparation for an easier labour

Use acupuncture to support your healthy and comfortable pregnancy.  

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Obstetric Acupuncture

Our Acupuncturist, Melanie Morrill R.Ac, is one of five Senior Members of the Obstetric Acupuncture Association (OBAA) who practice in Alberta, AB.

The OBAA provides a resource for both pregnant people and their care providers to find acupuncturists in their area that demonstrate an elevated standard of care and safety within the field of peri-natal care.

As a Senior OBAA member, Melanie ensures you receive the highest standard of care while you are pregnant and post-partum.

Book Your Acupuncture Appointment Now Visit the OBAA Website
First Trimester
Morning Sickness

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 reduce nausea and vomiting. 

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.

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.

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 four 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 labour after 40 weeks.

Prenatal Acupuncture for an Easier Labour

Pregnant people who received weekly acupuncture in the four weeks before their labour and delivery had:

35% fewer medical inductions
31% fewer epidurals
32% less emergency C-sections
9% more uncomplicated vaginal births 

According to Acupuncture For Prebirth Treatment: An Observational Study of its use in Midwifery practice

Medical Acupuncture. Volume Seventeen / Number Three / May 2006

Learn about Acupuncture for Labour Read the Research
Turning Breech Babies
Acupuncture and moxa for turning breech pregnancy

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.

 

Read the Research on Moxa to Turn Breech Babies

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

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