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Pregnancy and Acupuncture- Here’s The Good News

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Pregnant women can receive acupuncture throughout their pregnancy to relieve, combat, and eradicate some of the worst pregnancy symptoms, as well as to help ensure an easier labor process when it comes time to deliver your baby! How can it get rid of those pesky symptoms, and why should you consider acupuncture before labor? 

Pregnancy in many cases is a gift and a joyous time, but sometimes can be a stressful one too! Your body is changing to accommodate the new baby, and some of the ways it is changing come at the expense of the mother’s comfort. Common side effects of pregnancy include morning sickness, aches and pains, fatigue, swelling of the joints, insomnia, mental health issues such as depression and/or anxiety, and indigestion issues such as constipation or acid reflux. 

Acupuncture can help lessen all of these effects by gently targeting the causes of them. Moms share their Qi energy with their baby, and balancing mom also balances your baby!   Common pregnancy issues related to digestion like morning sickness, constipation, heartburn or acid reflux, and severe nausea are all treatable with acupuncture. By stimulating the nervous system, acupuncture can stimulate the good gut responses that we desire for normal gut health, while reducing stress. Acupuncture can also stimulate peristalsis, which is helpful if your common pregnancy symptom is constipation. 

If your symptoms are insomnia, poor sleep, or restlessness, then you’re in luck! Acupuncture leaves no stone unturned when it comes to sourcing out why you are not getting optimized sleep. By assessing your qi (pronounced chi), or the energy pathways of your body, we are able to see where there may be a blockage of energy or an imbalance and work to clear out those disruptions so your sleep can be more harmonious. 

For mental health concerns, we’ve got you covered as well. Mental health issues can be a symptom of a larger problem, and it’s our job to root out that problem. Many times, anxiety about the new stage of motherhood you’re entering can lead to mental health concerns. If this is not your first pregnancy, but pregnancies can be difficult or a risk factor, anxiety and depression can be a source of restlessness as well. Even the aforementioned sleep issues can lead to compromised mental wellbeing. Acupuncture can bring sources of calm relaxation and balanced flow into your pathways in order to clear out any emotional blockage that is perhaps causing a mental rift between you and the happiness to be found in this stage of motherhood. 

For pregnancy and any other fertility treatment questions, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at (904) 296-9545! 

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