It’s no secret that acupuncture is used by many women to get pregnant. Once pregnant, they don’t know if they should keep scheduling appointments with their practitioner.
The answer is YES… 100%! Acupuncture during pregnancy is a safe, compassionate, and drug-free way to receive many benefits for the growing baby and mother. We encourage patients to start or continue acupuncture throughout pregnancy as long as they feel comfortable and relaxed.
First Trimester Support
We see patients A LOT during their first trimester to address fatigue, morning sickness, and headaches. During the first trimester appointments we will address the following:
Second Trimester Support
Most pregnant women feel healthy, energetic, and calm during the second trimester and they often wonder if they should still come in for appointments during this time. I say “You’re always welcome at ilumina even if you don’t have any complaints.” There are many benefits to second-trimester acupuncture that can carry over into your third trimester like slowing down excessive weight gain. During your second trimester treatments we will address the following:
Third Trimester Support
Acupuncture is great for general aches and pains during those final weeks and days of pregnancy. We encourage patients to schedule weekly acupuncture for the last 4 weeks of pregnancy to begin labor and delivery support. Acupuncture is great for relaxing pelvic muscles and dilating the cervix.
Many OB’s will send their overdue patient to ilumina for labor induction acupuncture. We typically use electro-acupuncture to engage the uterus and start contractions. Induction acupuncture assists with the baby's descent into the birth canal.
Third Trimester Timeline
Fourth Trimester (Postpartum)
Fourth Trimester (Postpartum) Support
Acupuncture is a great way to regain balance to your body and hormones after the birth of your little one. We see many patients for milk supply support, post-labor aches, scar therapy, and postpartum depression/anxiety. It’s never too early or too late to address postpartum imbalances. You always have a place here at ilumina Healing Sanctuary.
At ilumina we are focused on taking care of women through all the fertility and pregnancy transitions. We are here to support you through your entire motherhood journey.