Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to support fertility and women’s health. With acupuncture, many women are able to have healthy fulfilling pregnancies, as well as manage the frustrating symptoms that often arise during this time. Research shows that acupuncture increases blood floor to the ovaries, promotes healthy follicular development and decreases the risk of miscarriage.

At Ground Floor Health, we offer a complete acupuncture plan that addresses every stage of pregnancy, from conception to birth.

First trimester
Women are usually seen once weekly from the first positive pregnancy test through the first trimester in order to:

  • Prevent miscarriage
  • Decrease nausea and vomiting
  • Improve energy
  • Relieve musculoskeletal pains
  • Improve sleep

Second trimester
Often the time when women feel best during the pregnancy, visits tend to be less frequent at this time. Conditions commonly addressed during this period include:

  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Low back pain
  • Leg cramps

Third Trimester
Treatments during this time focus on any musculoskeletal complaints that have come up as a result of your rapidly growing baby. Additionally, this can be a great time to start focusing on preparing your body for labor. Pre-birth treatments are generally given weekly from week 36 until delivery. Prebirth treatments have been shown to:

  • Decrease the amount of time spent in labor
  • Reduce the incidence of induction or cesarean section
  • Ripen the cervix
  • Maintain the baby in the best position for labor
  • Support energy levels for women going into labor

Post Partum
Acupuncture after the birth of the baby can be a wonderful treatment to help support the new mother. Common conditions that can be addressed during this time include:

  • Fatigue
  • Insufficient lactation
  • Insomnia
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Cesarean recovery
  • Bowel irregularities
  • Blocked ducts and mastitis