Acupuncture Support for New Moms (Dads too!)

Traditional Chinese medicine has a very clear and simple prescription for the postpartum period: the new mother should stay in bed for three months.

I was astonished to hear this from my traditionally-trained Chinese herbal professor. And it turns out, that’s literal. A woman who just gave birth is to stay in bed, have her food brought to her, and not even bathe for three months. Others in the family take care of the baby, and bring it the mother for feeding and sleeping.

When I tell this to people in my office, they usually burst out laughing. The contrast between that scene, and what is actually happening, is so stark.  Continue reading

Acupuncture for Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Breastfeeding

Acupuncture is ideal for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, because it is non-invasive and drug-free.  Acupuncture is safe for you and your baby, and can support your body in maintaining a healthy and comfortable pregnancy.  Some points, such as those on the lower abdomen and lower back, are avoided during pregnancy.  Aside from these restrictions, acupuncture can be used safely at all stages of pregnancy. 

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture can help with the difficulties some women experience during pregnancy, such as:

  • uterine bleeding, threatened or recurrent miscarriage 
  • nausea and morning sickness
  • water retention and edema
  • sinus congestion
  • low back ache, sciatic pain, other musculoskeletal pain
  • fatigue, poor sleep
  • mood changes
  • treating other problems — such as colds and flu, pain, asthma, and digestive problems — without using drugs that may not be safe during pregnancy. 
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