Pregnancy Acupuncture

Often to a woman’s surprise, this time can be as emotionally and physically difficult as the preconception phase. We are fully committed to helping you give birth to a healthy baby and want to be with you every exciting step of the way.

This includes care from pre-conception through post-partum.

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Pregnancy – The 1st trimester

We can help during the first trimester with the following common issues:

  • Helping to prevent miscarriage
  • Helping to alleviate morning sickness
  • Fatigue

Pregnancy – The 2nd trimester

Women typically receive treatment once a month during the second trimester, although some patients want to come more frequently.

Any of the following symptoms that arise in the second trimester are often treated with TCM:

  • Headaches
  • Constipation
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Hypertension
  • Back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Call with any other symptoms that arise and talk to one of our practitioners


Pregnancy – The 3rd trimester

Pregnant women return to the office for acupuncture around week 33-34 for several reasons:

Breech Positioning
TCM is often very effective at turning a breech presentation.  Success rates are higher if the fetus is less than 35 weeks.


Labor Prep and Pre-birth Acupuncture

  • Reduce stress hormones. Stress can cause oxytocin levels to drop and labor contractions to slow down.
  • Help dilate and ripen the cervix.
  • Help prepare the body for labor to start naturally.

“I send all of my OB patients for labor prep to Acupuncture Northwest & Associates,” Tacoma OB/GYN.

Thanks so much for the effort to induce my labor back in August….. I think that the work you did helped soften up my cervix to really make things go smoothly and quickly. – T.D.-

Post-Partum – The 4th trimester

As a new mother, your baby has been born but there are still many changes taking place in your system that can affect every part of your life. Perhaps you had a difficult or traumatic delivery or problems come up during the postnatal period that seem to linger. While a routine exam is done by your doctor at six weeks, this may be brief and may not address your emotional health. Full recovery can take 3-6 months. If problems arise there are resources available to support you in this time of great change in your life.

Post-natal conditions which Acupuncture can often help:
  • Post-partum depression
  • Breastfeeding problems
  • Urinary problems
  • Energy loss
  • Depression and anxiety
  • After pains – perineal soreness
  • Weakened immunity
  • Caesarean section recovery

See Chinese medicine and post-partum studies.

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