Acupuncture during pregnancy

Issues arising during pregnancy

For a new human being, the journey of conception and pregnancy is the entry-way into the world.

Chinese medicine recognises that pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. It is an altered physiological state with special characteristics.

Whereas menses used to gather and release with each moon, now the movement within the mother’s body has changed, building and gathering resources during the months of gestation.

After the baby has been delivered into the world, the baby is still connected to the mother’s body through the gathering and releasing of milk. The movement has transformed again, only settling back into the regular menses once the baby becomes more independent.


Support for health issues during pregnancy

Some women have been taking medications before pregnancy and need to cease or change their medication regime due to side effects or risk of harm to the developing fetus. Other women may develop issues during pregnancy for the first time, for example hayfever or sinus congestion.

Low-risk, drug-free help for troubling symptoms during pregnancy is beneficial not just for the mother, but for the developing new baby who will become part of the next generation of human life.


Can acupuncture help during pregnancy?

Some symptoms and conditions have received a lot of attention in clinical research, and there is a good amount of knowledge on how acupuncture or Chinese medicine can help. Other symptoms have received very little attention.

Chinese medicine practitioners always rely on classical diagnosis and treatment-planning to address the weaknesses or blockages that may be contributing to a health problem, creating a tailored plan that addresses the unique needs of the individual.

Following are some problems or symptoms that can arise during pregnancy. Please contact me to find out whether acupuncture may be suitable for you.


More information on health issues

I am moving articles about health conditions to my clinic’s website (Ocean Acupuncture). Follow the links below to see helpful information:


If you would like to know how I can help you with your pregnancy issues, please contact me or request a free 15-minute consultation at the clinic.




Pregnancy wellness treatments

Yes, it is OK have acupuncture in pregnancy even if you don’t feel any symptoms or problems.

Taking time out to rest and replenish your energy is very valuable.  These days, most women are working well into the third trimester – this includes the 24/7 work of stay-at-home parenting.

This is reason enough to take some time once a week, once a fortnight, or once a month, to simply stop and rest.  Based on your pulses and how you are feeling, I will construct a gentle restorative treatment to top up your energy tanks, calm the mind and soothe the emotions.


If you would like to know more about acupuncture in pregnancy, please contact me or request a free 15-minute consultation at the clinic.


–> Acupuncture to prepare for labour and birth

–> Pre-birth Acupuncture Treatment Pack

–> Post-natal recovery



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