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.
We can help during the first trimester with the following common issues:
- Helping to prevent miscarriage
- Helping to alleviate morning sickness
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:
- Back pain
- Call with any other symptoms that arise and talk to one of our practitioners
Pregnant women return to the office for acupuncture around week 33-34 for several reasons:
TCM is often very effective at turning a breech presentation. Success rates are higher if the fetus is less than 35 weeks.
- 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.-
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-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.