3 Reasons to Use Acupuncture for Labor Preparation
From the desk of Jessica L. Molleur, Lic.Ac. DNBAO and Erin Walker, Lic. Ac... We speak with many people about acupuncture; what it is, what it isn't. More specifically, moms-to-be want to know if it's safe and effective as they get closer to having their baby (or babies!). We've picked the three most popular questions and answered them for all to see!
Q: I’m pregnant. Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
A: Yes. Pregnant clients can benefit from acupuncture for a myriad of common health concerns during their first, second, or third trimester. Common reasons prenatal clients choose acupuncture include morning sickness, migraines, insomnia, constipation, low back or pelvic pain, general musculoskeletal pain, swelling, carpal tunnel, anxiety, labor preparation/induction, breech positioning, to reduce first and second stages of labor, and finally for general well-being!
Q: Is acupuncture effective for breech positing?
A: Yes. Acupuncture is effective for breech positioning and is one of the top 10 reasons that OBs refer to acupuncturists. There are several research studies documenting this phenomenon. Ideally, the acupuncturist will want to see you between 32-37 weeks. Typically, you will be asked to see the acupuncturist for multiple sessions/week for a short period of time. For example, you may come in for 2 sessions for 2 weeks rather than spacing out your treatments over a 3-4 week period.
Q: Is acupuncture effective for labor induction/labor preparation?
A: Yes. Acupuncture is effective for labor induction and preparation and is one of the top 10 reasons that OBs refer to acupuncturists. There are several research studies documenting the benefits, including the shortening of first and second stages of labor as well as the reduction of necessary medical interventions at the time of birth. If you are considering acupuncture for labor preparation/labor induction, please schedule as soon as possible so that the acupuncturist can complete your health history, an initial acupuncture session, and assess what will be appropriate in planning for your birth.
We recommend that if you have any specific questions about your health history that you speak with the acupuncturist directly or schedule a 30 minute consult to do so at OMBE. You can easily book online or call 617.447.2222.