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Acupuncture During Pregnancy:    


When it comes to making a decision if it is safe to do acupuncture while pregnant, the answer is a big "YES".

There are only a few points that a registered and trained acupuncturist will avoid while a woman is pregnant and the rest of the acupuncture points on the body are safe during pregnancy. So it is quite safe to do acupuncture during pregnancy which will make the delivery much easier and eases pregnancy symptoms.


Benefits of Acupuncture during pregnancy:


A lot of individuals value acupuncture for easing a wide range of pregnancy symptoms including acid reflux, bloating, poor appetite, heartburn, swelling of the legs, constipation, carpal tunnel syndrome, sciatica and much more. (Source: http://www.whattoexpect.com)

Here are some of the pregnancy symptoms acupuncture can relieve that science has studied:

Morning sickness

Some studies have shown that traditional acupuncture done mainly on the medial side of the wrist can reduce the nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness.


Lower back and pelvic pain

Research published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology reports acupuncture could reduce pain in the lower back along with pelvic pain. Pregnant women in their late second and third trimesters received acupuncture on points on the ear; sham acupuncture (so-called “fake” acupuncture, done at nonspecific points); or no treatment at all. At the one-week follow-up, about 80 percent of women in the acupuncture group had a clinically significant reduction in pain, compared to 56 percent in the sham acupuncture group and only 36 percent for the group who received no treatment.


Depression


Depression during pregnancy is common, affecting nearly one in four women — but a targeted type of acupuncture may help. For a study published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, during eight weeks clinically-depressed pregnant women who weren’t previously taking antidepressants received general acupuncture, acupuncture specific for depression, or massage. The severity of depression symptoms decreased most among women who received acupuncture for depression. And 63 percent of the women who received the depression-specific acupuncture responded to the treatment, compared to 44 percent in the general acupuncture and massage groups.
Headaches. Research has shown that acupuncture can reduce pregnancy-induced headaches; women who received it also used less medication.


Sleep Issues

Getting to sleep and staying asleep can be harder than ever during pregnancy — but some research has shown that women who receive acupuncture sleep better during pregnancy, too.