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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Pregnancy and Postpartum care | Woodland Hills Wellness Center


Pregnancy can be the most unforgettable time of life. Watching the body change while growing a new life is truly magical. Most women do experience annoying changes during the first trimester (12-14 weeks) due to a rapid increase in hormones. Although these symptoms are normal, they can interfere with daily activities and make life quite uncomfortable.

Symptoms can include:

  • Nausea and vomiting or hyperemesis gravidum
  • Severe fatigue
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation 
  • Back pain
  • Headaches
  • Groin pain                                                                  
  • Swelling and/or itching skin 

As the pregnancy progresses, a baby may turn and be in a breech presentation (malposition of baby). As the end of term nears or passes, sometimes a health care provider will want to induce labor with medications. In many cases, an obstetrician or midwife will refer patients for acupuncture before considering traditional medical intervention.

Acupuncture and/or herbal formulas are quite helpful for all of the above issues. If treatment is sought, it is crucial that pregnant women seek the services of an acupuncturist with extensive experience treating prenatal conditions.

Woodland Hills Acupuncture Wellness Center
23147 Ventura Blvd., Suite 150
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

A: Yes, acupuncture is a safe and effective method for inducing labor when performed by a qualified practitioner. It helps stimulate uterine contractions and can naturally encourage the onset of labor.

A: The number of sessions needed to induce labor can vary. Typically, women may need 2-3 sessions per week in the final weeks of pregnancy. However, each individual’s response to acupuncture can differ.

A: It’s recommended to start acupuncture treatments for labor induction around 36-38 weeks of pregnancy. Starting early allows for gradual preparation of the body for labor.

A: Yes, acupuncture can be effectively combined with other natural methods to induce labor, such as herbal remedies, massage, and relaxation techniques. Always consult with your healthcare provider before combining treatments.

A: Acupuncture can help support women who have experienced preterm labor by promoting relaxation and balancing the body’s systems. It is essential to work closely with your healthcare provider to tailor the treatments to your specific needs.

A: The time it takes for acupuncture to induce labor varies. Some women may experience labor shortly after a session, while for others, it may take a few sessions. The effectiveness depends on individual circumstances and readiness for labor.

A: Yes, acupuncture can help manage pain during labor by releasing endorphins, promoting relaxation, and reducing stress. It can be a valuable complement to other pain relief methods used during labor.

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