Sometimes, starting a family can be easy. Sometimes, it can be very difficult. For all points along this spectrum, acupuncture can be of great assistance.
The first step to a healthy pregnancy is having a regular menstrual cycle. Unusual pain, spotting, and sporadic flow are signs that something is out of balance in the body, and this can make it heartbreakingly difficult to conceive. To make it even more confusing, gradients of these same symptoms can have no effect on conception, but can instead point to difficulties down the road, such as increased morning sickness, loss of appetite, or gestational diabetes. A trained acupuncturist will be able to determine where the imbalance lies and take the steps necessary to correct it.
During pregnancy, different meridians appear each month in the developing child, directing intelligence, complexions and immune systems. Mothers should get regular acupuncture each month to aid in the development of these milestones and to give their baby the best possible start in the world. There is even something called a “beautiful baby” point that is said to assist the baby in being beautiful, intelligent and successful. What mother wouldn’t want to give that gift to her developing child?
Acupuncture is also helpful for alleviating the various annoyances of a healthy pregnancy: stretched ligaments, tender breasts, shortness of breath, exhaustion, swelling of the feet and headaches. And if the baby decided it wants to stick around for what seems a few weeks longer than it should, there are even points to focus on that will help labor along and make for an uneventful birth.
After pregnancy, Traditional Chinese Medicine, including a mixture of acupuncture and custom herbs, can assist with milk flow, restoring elasticity to skin and ligaments, and assisting with the postpartum depression that can affect as many as 20% of new mothers.
Acupuncture for pregnancy is so well received worldwide that even celebrity princess Meghan Markle has used acupuncture all through her pregnancy, making it one of the few Royal Treatments affordable to almost everyone else.
There are plenty of invasive, expensive options for fertility, pregnancy and childbirth, but acupuncture is not one of them. It is, however, one of the few treatments shown to have no ill effects on the baby, and that makes all the difference in the world.