Acupuncture During Pregnancy: Is It Safe?

Suzanne Murray
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acupuncture during pregnancy acupuncture labor acupuncture morning sicknessMany women turn to acupuncture when they're trying to conceive and that's perfectly safe. But is it okay to get treated with a bunch of tiny needles while you're pregnant? Here's the scoop.

Acupuncture during pregnancy can be healthy for both mother and baby. Studies have shown it can help alleviate morning sickness, heartburn, stress, sciatica, pelvic pain, and more.

Keep in mind that acupuncture treatments can cause muscle contractions—even in the uterus. That's one place you don't want to have contractions (unless of course you're getting acupuncture to induce labor). The important thing is to go to a certified acupuncturist (find one near you here)—as well as one who has experience treating pregnant women.

Some women even use acupuncture to help them with childbirth. If you're interested, you can get lots of info at the Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Childbirth and Pregnancy.

Have you had acupuncture during your pregnancy? What for? Was it effective?

 

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