If you’re pregnant and considering acupuncture, you’re not alone. In fact, acupuncture is a popular choice for pregnant women. It can be used alone or in combination with other treatments like in-vitro fertilization (IVF). Acupuncture has been shown to help people achieve pregnancy. But what about once you get pregnant? Many people and their partners have questions about acupuncture during pregnancy. Here are answers to some of the most common questions.
Is acupuncture during pregnancy safe?
Yes, acupuncture is considered safe during pregnancy. The American Pregnancy Association recommends acupuncture as a safe and effective way to treat morning sickness. It can also be used to relieve pain, stress, and anxiety during pregnancy.
Does acupuncture hurt?
Acupuncture needles are very thin and are not meant to be painful. You may feel a slight prick when the needle enters your skin. Some people report feeling relaxed and even sleepy during and after treatment.
How often should I get acupuncture during pregnancy?
Your acupuncturist will tailor a treatment plan specifically for you. Depending on your needs, you may need to come in once a week or once every other week. As your pregnancy progresses, you may need to adjust the frequency of your treatments.
What are the benefits of acupuncture during pregnancy?
Acupuncture can help relieve pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and other symptoms associated with pregnancy. It can also help improve sleep and promote relaxation.
Can I continue to see my regular acupuncturist during pregnancy?
Yes, you can continue to see your regular acupuncturist during pregnancy. However, it’s important to let them know if you’re pregnant so they can adapt the treatment accordingly.
What should I expect during my first acupuncture treatment?
Your first acupuncture treatment will be similar to any other acupuncture treatment. The acupuncturist will take a detailed medical history and ask about your symptoms. They will then insert needles into specific points on your body. The number of needles used will vary depending on the acupuncturist and the condition being treated.
After the needles are inserted, the acupuncturist may gently manipulate them or apply heat or electrical stimulation to certain points. The treatment usually lasts 30-60 minutes. You may feel relaxed and even sleepy after the treatment.
What are the side effects of acupuncture during pregnancy?
There are no known side effects of acupuncture during pregnancy. However, it’s always important to tell your acupuncturist if you’re pregnant so they can take appropriate precautions.