Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture offers women a safe, natural and drug-free treatment option for a wide range of symptoms and imbalances throughout pregnancy.

First Trimester

After a positive pregnancy test, we usually see women once a week through the first trimester in order to:

  • Prevent miscarriage
  • Stop bleeding or spotting
  • Reduce nausea & vomiting
  • Reduce GI upset such as heartburn & constipation
  • Reduce headaches
  • Increase energy
  • Decrease the need for medications such as cold, flu or pain medications
  • Relieve back aches & pains

Second Trimester

This tends to be a more stable time during pregnancy.  Women tend to come in once or twice a month depending on symptoms that are presented.  Some of the more common things treated during this phase are:

  • Dizziness
  • Edema & swelling
  • Hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Headaches
  • Aches & pains
  • Carpal tunnel
  • GI upset
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Leg cramps
  • Nasal congestion

Third Trimester

Beginning week 36 or 37, weekly treatments are recommended in order to help the body prepare for the birthing process.  These treatments help to:

  • Ripen the cervix
  • Open the pelvis
  • Tone the uterus to assist with more productive contractions
  • Reduce the time between the due date and the delivery date
  • Reduce the incidence of induction or cesarean
  • Decrease time spent in labor
  • Induce labor when medically necessary

Breech Presentation

If a breech presentation is discovered, acupuncture treatments should ideally begin around week 34, but we’ve had success with turning babies even into the 39th week.  Research has shown that women who received acupuncture treatments regularly in the weeks prior to their due date had less medical intervention with shorter, more efficient labors.


Acupuncture & moxibustion can help support new moms with:

  • Insufficient lactation
  • Fatigue
  • Afterpains
  • Night sweats
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Insomnia
  • Perineal discomfort
  • Cesarean recovery
  • Urinary problems
  • Depression & anxiety

Acupuncture Research

Pregnancy Research