Happy Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy is a time of incredible physical and emotional change, a time when it’s even more important to support your health and well-being. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine can help you handle the unique challenges of pregnancy, allowing you and your baby to experience optimal health. We have a lot of experience, both professional and personal, to help guide you through this unique experience whether it’s your first or third pregnancy. It’s common during pregnancy to have unanticipated symptoms, challenges and aliments. Many pregnant women prefer not to take medication if they don’t have to. Acupuncture is a great way to address your health when you are pregnant in a safe and non-invasive way.

A good way to look at how acupuncture can help with many of the issues that naturally come along with pregnancy is by trimester:

1st trimester: Sets the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. Helps relieve morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue, constipation, acid reflux, low back pain and hormonal headaches. Morning sickness responds so well to acupuncture and Chinese herbs, and we can even show patients acupressure points that they can use to help treat themselves.

2nd trimester: Helps alleviate common complaints like constipation, heartburn, edema, stress, hemorrhoids, emotional balance, insomnia, high blood sugar, and elevated blood pressure. The second trimester is supposedly the easy third of pregnancy. Clinically we see a lot of women with headaches as well as injuries to the low back.

3rd trimester: Prepares the body for labor and delivery. Alleviates back pain, sciatica, pubic pain and hip joint pain. Chinese medicine treats breech position babies with moxabustion. We also see a lot of women for induction around 39-40 weeks. Acupuncture is not going to force your body into labor, but it will encourage your uterus to contract and your cervix to dilate. It is an effective way to get your body’s natural processes to kick in!

After the baby has arrived, acupuncture is also very effective in dealing with issues like postpartum depression, mastitis, insufficient lactation, postoperative healing, postpartum discharge, and hemorrhoids. It can help regain your strength after labor and delivery, rebalance you emotionally and address many other concerns that come with redefining your life as being a mother and having a new born.

Fertility and Acupuncture

At Acupuncture Northwest we see a lot of fertility patients.  Is it because research shows that the use of acupuncture and herbal therapy is effective in treating fertility conditions? Is it because more people than ever before are having a hard time conceiving? Or because people are starting their families later in life? Whatever the reason, acupuncture is becoming a well known treatment  modality used for all types of conditions related to fertility.

Acupuncture is amazing. As you have heard us say so many times before, Traditional Chinese Medicine focuses on a person’s unique constitutional pattern, and that specific pattern is what dictates treatment. It is no different for fertility patients. We figure out your individual diagnosis, then apply treatment to help return your body to a balanced state. Some of the most common diagnoses in Chinese medicine for infertiltiy include: Blood stagnation, Kidney deficiency, Blood deficiency, Yin deficiency, Spleen qi deficiency, and Liver overacting on Spleen.  In terms of western medical diagnoses, there are several that are common for fertility patients, including uterine fibroids, poor egg quality, ovarian cysts, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, tubal blockage, endometriosis, annovulation, thin uterine lining and unexplained fertility.

We have patients at many different points in the fertility process, whether it be just starting to try to conceive, to having tried multiple IUIs, or preparing for IVF. No matter where you are in your journey of starting a family, acupuncture can assist in the process. We love working with fertility patients. There is nothing more gratifying than helping someone conceive and make the family they have always wanted.