By Danisha Bogue, L.Ac. - May 15, 2023
Categories: General

During pregnancy you’re filled with wonder and joy, but also with nausea, back pain, insomnia… It is hard work to grow a human! It’s also a time where you are probably hesitant to use many of the remedies you might otherwise reach for. Luckily, acupuncture is here to help! It’s a safe and effective way to help alleviate many common symptoms and to improve overall health for both you and your growing baby!

Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Pregnancy has the ability to throw even the most grounded person off balance (literally and metaphorically). In its quest to support new life, your body literally grows a new organ (the placenta). Every part of your body experiences change, but luckily acupuncture is all about getting your body and your energies back in balance. The best part is that it’s considered a natural and safe treatment option for women during pregnancy. 

Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Relieves Nausea and Vomiting

Morning sickness is the hallmark symptom of early pregnancy, and most women who have experienced it can tell you it is not limited to the a.m. Luckily, you are not stuck just putting up with it! Acupuncture can help relieve these symptoms by regulating the digestive system and balancing the hormones responsible for nausea and vomiting. 

Reduces Back Pain

Back pain is super common, especially in later pregnancy due to weight gain, shifts in your center of gravity, and extra pressure on your spine. Acupuncture can help alleviate back pain by reducing inflammation, promoting blood flow, and releasing tension in the muscles. 

Improves Sleep

Everyone says to “get sleep before the baby comes,” but it can be so difficult! With hormonal changes, anxiety, and general discomfort, sleep disturbances are a common issue during pregnancy. Acupuncture can help improve sleep by promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and balancing hormones. 

Reduces Anxiety and Depression

Pregnancy can be a stressful and emotional time, and many women experience anxiety and depression. Acupuncture can help reduce these symptoms by promoting relaxation and releasing endorphins, which are natural mood-boosters. 

Increases Energy

Fatigue is a common complaint during pregnancy, especially in the first and third trimesters. Acupuncture can help increase energy levels by improving circulation and balancing hormones.

Improves Fetal Health

Acupuncture can also have a positive impact on fetal health. By promoting relaxation and reducing stress in the mother, the fetus may also experience reduced stress levels, which can have a positive impact on its development.

Turn Breech Baby

There is hope for turning a breech baby and we have seen it first hand many times. Certain acupuncture points are utilized during this process to stimulate the turning process and get baby into the correct position for delivery. We highly recommend doing chiropractic care in conjunction with acupuncture for the best possible outcome.

**At Altitude Acupuncture, we refer our pregnant patients to Dr. Ashleigh Bertolini with Sage Chiropractic as she specializes in women’s health (especially expecting mothers). We are always happy to make the introduction for you! 

Eases Labor and Delivery

Acupuncture can also be used to prepare the body for labor and delivery. Regular acupuncture treatments in the third trimester can help soften and open the cervix, encourage the baby to move into the proper position for birth, and reduce the duration of labor.

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option for women during pregnancy. It can help alleviate many common symptoms and improve overall health and wellbeing for both the mother and the baby. We are experienced in safely treating the symptoms of pregnancy, and can’t wait to help you make this a truly joyful time!

Be well.



This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.