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I'm pregnant! Is acupuncture safe?

Yes! We treat pregnant women often. Acupuncture is a safe and effective tool for pregnancy ailments, especially when the medications you might typically take are limited.

We take extra precautions with pregnancy - there are certain points we don't needle (unless we're trying to get baby out!) and we generally keep treatments on the lighter and shorter side.

In addition to safety, we also take comfort seriously. We can use pillows to prop you up, and once you hit 25+ weeks (or depending on your personal comfort level), we will typically have you lie on your side during a treatment, especially if we want to access some acupuncture points on your back.

If you're early in pregnancy and want to know the sex of your baby, we have some pulse feeling tricks for that too (although we cannot guarantee 100% accuracy!)

What can we treat during pregnancy?

  • Morning (or all day) sickness

  • Pelvic pain, pubic symphysis pain, hip pain, low back pain, neck and shoulder pain

  • Congestion

  • Fatigue

  • Insomnia

  • Heartburn

  • Restless leg syndrome

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome

  • Stress + emotional support

  • Support for diagnoses such as: threatened miscarriage, high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, prenatal depression, placenta previa

  • Baby positioning (we have some very effective and non-invasive techniques for flipping breech babies)

  • Constipation

  • Any of the other issues you may have unrelated to pregnancy

Yours truly on a babymoon!

We also provide patients with support for labor preparation. Starting at 36 weeks, we'll implement these labor preparation points, typically 1-2x per week. At 40 weeks, we ramp it up and add electrical stimulation. Our goal is not to put you in labor instantly - it's to accelerate the path your body is already on.

If there's a pregnant lady in your life complaining of back pain or heartburn - send her to acupuncture! To schedule or if you have any questions - you can call us at 425-413-3801. You can also book online here.

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