Pregnancy and Obstetric Acupuncture

Acupuncture is safe and effective for managing issues that arise during pregnancy

Pregnancy and Obstetric Acupuncture

Acupuncture is safe and effective for managing issues that arise during pregnancy

Acupuncture Treatment's for Pregnancy

Have a happy, healthy, joyful pregnancy!

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 a Doctor of Acupuncture, 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

Obstetric Acupuncture

Our Doctor of Acupuncture, Dr. Melanie Morrill Ac, is a Senior Member of the International Obstetric Acupuncture Association (OBAA). She is one of only five Obstetric Acupuncturists who practise in Alberta.

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 perinatal care.

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

Very Positive and Helpful!

Alica Cooper
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I had a very positive and helpful experience seeing Melanie for prenatal acupuncture. I was nervous about any kind of treatments during pregnancy, but knowing that Melanie was certified in treating pregnant women made me feel much more comfortable.

Melanie is very thorough and makes sure all of your questions and concerns are being addressed. I had developed really bad hip pain that was almost intolerable. Melanie was able to pin point the cause of this pain and treat it with acupuncture. I don't think I would have made it through otherwise!

Melanie is very professional and kind, and I always felt very welcomed at her practice. I strongly suggest seeing her for all of your prenatal/postpartum needs!

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Helping with Morning Sickness

First Trimester Wellness

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.

Acupuncture for Pain and Anxiety in Pregnancy

Second Trimester Wellness

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. Acupuncture is the best and safest way to stop pain and support your pregnancy. Acupuncture can treat all pregnancy pains including low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, pelvic floor pain, breast and nipple pain, migraines during pregnancy, and hip pain.

Along with aches and pains, anxiety during pregnancy is common. You are responsible for keeping your baby safe and healthy, there is a lot to worry about! Acupuncture is an amazing way to soothe your nerves, relax, and stop anxiety while you are pregnant.

Acupuncture for Insomnia, Constipation, and Easy Labour

Third Trimester Wellness

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 constipation, improve sleep, and prepare the body for labour and delivery.

Acupuncture for constipation during pregnancy is a fast and effective way to become significantly more comfortable in your third trimester.

Being well-rested in your third trimester is a rare treat, but with acupuncture, you can expect to sleep more hours and improve your sleep quality. You will still wake up several times per night, there isn't anything that can be done about needing to use the washroom overnight while you are pregnant.

Twice weekly treatments in the third trimester 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 - six weeks before their labour and delivery had:

  • 35% fewer medical inductions
  • 31% fewer epidurals
  • 32% less emergency C-sections
  • 9% more uncomplicated vaginal births
And their labours were several hours shorter.

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

Medical Acupuncture. Volume Seventeen / Number Three / May 2006

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.