Pregnancy & Acupuncture
A Soft Journey of Discovery & Transformation
What an Amazing time. Your pregnant!
The journey to a new life, new love, new experiences has began and it is full of joy and excitement and dramatic changes to your body, mind and spirit. So many precious moments and yet at times it can feel scary, confusing, ambivalent and a hand full jumble of mixed emotions. Who knew so many emotions can exist all at once!!!
So, how can I help?
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a safe, gentle and effective health care system that can nourish and support you and your baby throughout this journey. While acupuncture is viewed by many as an ‘alternative’ medicine, its use through pregnancy is widespread in certain countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, and New Zealand, where midwives undertake specialized acupuncture training to offer women a natural care as an alternative to taking medications.
Regular, weekly or monthly acupuncture treatments can provide both physical and emotional support throughout the pregnancy as well as support natural labor, delivery and postpartum recovery.
I follow 3 basic elements to support you and your growing family through the pregnancy journey:
COMFORT- physical, mental and emotional comfort are at the heart of my treatments. This means that during every visit we always attend first to your comfort and ease. How well are you sleeping, is there any pain, is there any emotional or physical stress, how is your digestion, any diet issues, etc...
FLOW- motion is everything and creating free flow of energy in your body is always important for overall health and becomes even more significant when there is a growing baby in the middle of your belly. At each phase of pregnancy we will work on creating flow in your body with specific bodywork and depending on your needs, at home exercises for you to practice.
BALANCE- finally, we focus on creating a balanced framework according to your individual needs. We explore the concept of rhythms and how to incorporate it into your everyday life. Rhythms of activity and rest, work and relaxation, taking in and letting out, fullness and emptiness, holding and letting go and more.
My Core Beliefs for Positive Pregnancy Planing
I believe in choices!
I believe in individualized care that places you at the center of your care by giving the control back to you!
I believe that maternal care is more than the management of risk factors.
Simple is Best! and I believe that care can be easy, practical and effective.
Education and Resources is key to
Creating a safe space that honors and protects your autonomy, making your journey to motherhood a soft journey of discovery, transformation, connection, strength and wellbeing.
Moon By Moon
The 10 Moons of Pregnancy
The 10 months of pregnancy follow a developmental framework that guides us to the nourishment
and care of both mother and baby at each stage of pregnancy.
Each new moon of each new month represent the a new phase growth that corresponds
to one of the elements of the 5 phases.
First Moon: Liver Meridian
Second Moon: Gallbladder Meridian
Third Moon : Pericardium Meridian
Forth Moon: Triple-Heater Meridian
Fifth Moon: Spleen Meridian
Six Moon: Stomach Meridian
Seventh Moon: Lung Meridian
Eights Moon: Large Intestine Meridian
Ninth Moon: Kidney Meridian
Tenth Moon: Bladder Meridian
Acupuncture during pregnancy can help with
Early pregnancy supportive care
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation and hemorrhoids
Varicose veins and vulvar varicosities
Headaches and migraines
Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, pelvic and hip pain
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Fatigue and exhaustion
Anxiety and depression
Itching in pregnancy
Hypertension disorders including Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension
Breech and posterior positioned babies
Preparation for a medical induction
Acupressure support for pain relief during labor
Post-surgery and scar healing