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Acupuncture Through Each Trimester of Pregnancy and Beyond

by Lisa Meyerson


As many of you know, I work at Pulling Down the Moon three days a week with patients who are undergoing fertility treatment and receiving acupuncture as an adjunct treatment. Typically, I work with them through the whole process up until their pregnancy. If I can, ideally I would work with them throughout their entire pregnancy, too. Often they are physically and financially exhausted from the whole medical process of IUI and/or IVF, and occasionally there is also a misunderstanding of how essential acupuncture can be through each trimester. One of my patients who continued on with acupuncture once she conceived had a labor that lasted 30 minutes! I can’t guarantee that this short labor would occur for everyone but it was very good news and a great vote of confidence for acupuncture treatments during pregnancy. Coming in for acupuncture treatment regularly through each stage of pregnancy can ease each stage of pregnancy and is gaining more support from the medical community as a recommended treatment.

Acupuncture Through Each Trimester of Pregnancy and Beyond, Lisa Meyerson, L.Ac. in Evanston, IL
Here is how acupuncture can help throughout each trimester:


First Trimester:

(Once a week treatment recommended)

Threatened miscarriage

Spotting

Morning sickness

Nausea and Vomiting

Fatigue

Insomnia

Common cold and flu

Nasal congestion


Second Trimester:

(One a month treatment recommended)

Water retention

Heartburn

Sciatica

Hemorrhoids

Leg cramps

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Pre-term labor

Night sweats


Third Trimester:

(Once a week treatment recommended)

Back pain

Insomnia

Labor preparation

High blood pressure

Toxemia

Water retention/edema

Incontinence

Night sweats


Post Partum

(Once a week treatment recommended):

Depression

Anxiety

Insufficent lactation

Fatigue

Insomnia

C-section surgery recovery

Night sweats

Aches and pains

 

 

Lisa Meyerson offers Acupuncture, Dry Needling in Evanston, IL