Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine are a wonderful complementary medicine to use to support pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery. Treatment for women during pregnancy and postpartum has been a part of Chinese medicine for a few thousand years, and is now becoming increasingly popular in the West as preventative care and to strengthen the mother and the child, as well as to resolve issues that may arise during this time of physical and emotional change.
Acupuncture can be used throughout the pregnancy to promote the health of both the mother and the baby. It is beneficial to the growing fetus for the mother to receive acupuncture at least once per month, even if she is having a normal and healthy pregnancy, to help with the development of each of the organ systems. If there are any symptoms that are troublesome to the mother or any indication of pregnancy complications, then acupuncture should be given at a frequency that the practitioner determines necessary to provide relief and to stop progression or reverse the problem affecting the mother.