Prenatal Acupuncture and massage are wonderful, safe choices that provide natural relief for many common issues and discomforts experienced during this transformative time.
You can select acupuncture or massage alone or combine the two modalities in one session. Our clinic specializes in women’s health and offers a quiet, spa-like atmosphere for an exceptionally relaxing experience. I use organic oils, various props, cushions, and a gentle approach to ensure your comfort and safety.
Acupuncture is a safe modality throughout your entire pregnancy. In the first trimester, Acupuncture is especially helpful for reducing nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness. It can also alleviate fatigue, nasal congestion, headaches, poor digestion, heartburn, and increase circulation. Have more questions? Read our Acupuncture FAQ!
- Threatened miscarriage
- Placenta Previa
- Nausea and vomiting
- Anxiety and depression
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Edema (swelling)
- Carpel Tunnel Syndrome
- Symphysis Pubis pain
- Hip and joint pain
- Pre-labor prep for an efficient labor or past due date
- Breech and posterior positioned babies
- Postpartum recovery
- Lactation insufficiency
If your baby is in a breech position, I ideally start working with you at approximately week 35 but I have had a lot of success turning babies at 37-39 weeks, using acupuncture, moxibustion and exercises for optimal fetal positioning. I do not treat or manipulate your baby. However, the protocols I utilize are shown in numerous studies to increase the likelihood of breech resolution. Typically, about 52% of breech presentations will resolve on their own. With the addition of acupuncture, moxibustion and Spinning Babies techniques, this percentage increases to 80%. Read more on this by clicking here.
In my years of experience, I’ve found it very beneficial to separate ‘labor induction’ from ‘labor prep’. This way I can better communicate the process in which acupuncture works best.
Acupuncture for labor induction is used on site such as a birthing center, home or hospital where the laboring mom is experiencing some issues. This may include; post due date, her water breaking but no contraction starting, prodromal labor, stalled labor or malposition of baby (for example OP aka ‘sunny side up’). In these cases, I arrive on site and don’t leave until the mom is in active labor again or until the baby is born which can take anywhere from an hour to four or more. I charge a flat rate for on-site visits.
Acupuncture for labor prep is performed in my office. The focus of the treatments is to reduce symptoms related to latent medical issues such as pre-eclampsia, pregnancy induced hypertension, anxiety etc. Since baby initiates labor, together we will discover what may be holding baby up and work towards unblocking the path and encouraging movement. This can take two or three treatments. Its rare that one treatment will start contractions but it can help baby get into a more desirable position and allow your cervix to soften. This is why I ask that patients commit to at least two treatments.
Prenatal massage therapy is a time-tested modality that provides far more than just relaxation during your pregnancy. Research demonstrates that prenatal massage can also alleviate stress, anxiety, insomnia, and edema.
During your first and second trimesters, you will be provided with supportive, soft cushions to reduce any extra strain on your lower back and pelvis. During your third trimester, you will be placed in a side-lying position and supported by pillows for maximum comfort. Depending on how far along you are in your pregnancy, a variation of massage techniques can be used including Swedish/relaxation massage, therapeutic massage, or a combination of appropriate techniques to address your specific requests and needs.
During the early stages of your pregnancy my focus is to provide you with overall relaxation while promoting blood and lymph circulation throughout your body. My gentle massage techniques encourage essential, nutrient rich blood flow to the placenta. I also gently stimulate our lymphatic system to help eliminate excess fluids to reduce pain in your wrists, arms, legs, and feet
As your pregnancy progresses to the second and third trimesters, I focus on reducing stress and strain on your weight bearing joints. My aim is to relieve discomfort associated with the changes in your body’s structural alignment such as muscle spasms, neck, back, and hip pain. Prenatal massage is also effective in alleviating pubic symphysis pain.
While continuing to focus on relieving common aches and pains, prenatal massage during the third trimester focuses on getting your body ready for labor. More attention is placed on opening and relaxing your muscles and pelvis to encourage optimal fetal positioning.