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Acupuncture and Pregnancy


Some women not only turn to acupuncture for help with conception, but continue the treatments to ensure a healthy 

pregnancy and delivery. This natural, ancient treatment benefits both the mom-to-be and the baby, according to acupuncturists.

The development of certain organs and systems occur at various points along the nine months of pregnancy. Many believe that a developing embryo inside the womb is vulnerable to influence of the mother's toxins. By using acupuncture on a regular basis, this helps to ensure that the baby will not be affected by such potentially poisonous substances. 

Regular treatments, which are believed to balance and enhance the health of the mom-to-be, may help to prevent any complications in the pregnancy as well as provide a positive influence on the baby.

Some treatment sessions, you'll find, may cause a slight increase in the baby's movements, no treatment should really significantly increase the uterine activity. Should you notice unusual movement, consult not only your acupuncturist, but your personal health care practitioner as well.

Some of the benefits a mom can expect from acupuncture treatments may include a relief from the dreaded morning sickness. Some women additionally experience serious bouts of vomiting during their pregnancy. Acupuncture seems to provide the much-needed relief from this side effect of pregnancy as well.

Acupuncture has also been known to alleviate the heartburn often associated with being pregnant, as well as the fatigue and migraines some women are plagued with. Indeed, some women even say that regular treatments with these thin, tiny needles have even helped their hemorrhoids. Many agree that acupuncture is a godsend when it comes to alleviating stress while you're carrying your baby.

As the pregnancy progresses, moreover, women are amazed to note that continued therapy with this ancient Chinese practice helps to relief the back pain associated with carrying the growing baby as well as related joint pain due to the extra weight gain.

But more than that, during the last four to six weeks of therapy, a professional acupuncturist will turn his needles towards ensuring the blessed event unfolds properly. Through proper placement of his needles, he'll encourage a head-down position for the upcoming delivery. He'll also use the tools of his trade to help make sure that the labor be as normal and as short as possible.

But don't think that acupuncture always ends prior to the birth. More women find that undergoing acupuncture during labor itself helps relieve some of the labor pains. It also is reputed to boost the mom's energy level. If needed, it's also used to actually stimulate the contractions, eliminating the need for the mother to take labor-inducing drugs.

Note: Some statements in this article may not be approved by the FDA. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional medical advice.

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