To support you during this critical time, we have developed three separate protocols for women who are pregnant.
The Miscarriage Prevention Protocol
Because 90% of miscarriages occur within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, acupuncture treatment supports your pregnancy and the health of the fetus. Acupuncture and herbal medicine assists in preventing miscarriage that is not due to chromosomal anomalies. One reason for miscarriage other than chromosomal problems is lack of blood flow to the embryo and then, later on, to the placenta. Acupuncture and herbal medicine addresses this issue by increasing blood flow first to the embryo, and then, later on, to the placenta, ensuring proper delivery of oxygen and nutrition to the developing fetus.
The Healthy Mom/Healthy Baby Protocol
Under this method of care you are treated throughout your entire pregnancy once a week. The purpose of this protocol is to help maintain your health during pregnancy and to assist in avoidance of possible complications such as fatigue, nausea, low back pain, pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, gestational diabetes, hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting), etc. Further, acupuncture will continue to deliver more blood, oxygen, and nutrients to your growing baby helping to ensure a beautiful, healthy and well developed child.
In addition, acupuncture during the last trimester can help you deliver on time if you are planning a vaginal birth and shorten your labor to make it more efficient. It is also often used to induce labor after the due date has passed.
The Recovery Protocol
Post partum bleeding, swelling, sweating, lack of energy, depression, weight gain, carpal tunnel syndrome, and lower back pain are common after delivery. With acupuncture, relief may frequently be found for these issues. Post-partum patients with any of these complaints treated for two to four months at the frequency of two treatments per week can resolve many of these issues more quickly.