Pregnancy & Postpartum Health

 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum recovery are viewed as an important time to enhance the woman's health and well being. If adequate care is not taken, problems may continue long after the birth.

Regular acupuncture and herbs will help support you and your baby throughout your pregnancy, and help with a smooth delivery and aftercare so you can focus on your growing family.

 
 
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Pregnancy & Prenatal Care

 

Weeks 1-12: First trimester

Frequent issues include:

  • Nausea, morning sickness
  • Mood swings
  • Heartburn or acid reflux
  • Stress and anxiety - which often peaks here

During this time, your egg will grow from a tiny ball of cells into a grapefruit sized fetus that’s sprouted most of its major organs. It’s extra important to eat healthy food, avoid toxins, and keep your immune system in good shape.

 

Weeks 13-27: Second trimester

Issues that can be relieved with acupuncture:

  • Backaches
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Swelling of the ankles and feet

During this time, your fetus is growing a lot - and taking more of your energy, literally! You’ll start noticing movement and may notice when your baby is sleeping. It’s best to take extra care of yourself here, as you may want to start slowing down, eating more, and preparing for the next phase.

 

Week 28-Birth: Third trimester

The organs keep maturing as your baby prepares to live outside the womb. You’ll feel a lot of movement, and probably some discomfort, as you get toward your due date. The head should be positioning downward - but if it doesn’t, TCM can help. Acupuncture has been shown to support the health of your pregnancy during those extra crucial weeks and days before labor, and can even aid with a smooth delivery. Other common health concerns that are treatable with TCM include:

  • Edema
  • Hip Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Heartburn, or acid reflux
 
 
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Postpartum Support

 

If you’re feeling depleted after giving birth, don’t worry - that’s totally normal. In TCM terms, it’s natural because you’ve shared some of your jing (or essence) with your new baby. Fatigue, stress, and depression are common and very treatable with acupuncture and herbs. TCM can also help with lactation issues and can help your body heal, stop bleeding, and return to regular menstrual cycles when you’re ready, whether you want more children or want to be your healthiest self for the exciting journey ahead.

Issues that can be supported by acupuncture and herbal medicine include:

 

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