Acupuncture and Pregnancy

In Chinese culture, children are viewed as a form of wealth. This is the main reason why China is the most populous country in the world, and they have a 1 child-per-couple limit.

This also means that the Chinese have taken fertility and childbirth very, very seriously. Acupuncture is very effective at causing pregnancy (fertility), helping deal with the effects of pregnancy, inducing labor, and recovery from childbirth.

Pregnancy-Related Conditions Treated by Acupuncture

Acupuncture treats many pregnancy-related conditions without drugs. This is especially important because the effects of drugs on the developing fetus are usually unknown.

Before birth:

  • Psychological issues
  • Fatigue
  • Morning Sickness
  • Heartburn
  • Constipation
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Back Pain and Sciatica
  • Edema
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Dizziness
  • Anemia (Blood Deficiency)
  • Hormonal Balance
  • During Birth:
  • Labor Induction
  • Childbirth Pain

After Birth:

  • Fatigue
  • Postpartum Vaginal Discharge
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Mastitis
  • Insufficient or Excessive Lactation
  • Post Operative Healing
  • Anemia (Blood Deficiency)

(Acupuncture can also treat many existing conditions unrelated to pregnancy without drugs.)

Please Don’t Squeeze the Baby!

Pitocin is synthetic oxytocin – the hormone that naturally induces labor. Pitocin is what obstetricians use to induce labor. However, a study has shown that the use of pitocin in labor doubles the probability of the child developing ADHD. 67.1% of children who were artificially induced with Pitocin were diagnosed with ADHD, as opposed to 35.6% of non-induced children.
There are also many other possible side effects to Pitocin, including:

Fetal heart abnormalities (slow heart beat, PVCs and arrhythmias), low APGAR scores, neonatal jaundice, neonatal retinal hemorrhage, permanent central nervous system or brain damage and fetal death. All of these side effects are printed on the insert with Pitocin packaging.

One theory why Pitocin can be so harmful is that it is not released in waves or pulses like natural oxytocin is. The natural release allows the uterus to relax between waves, allowing more blood to circulate to the baby. Without these waves, the uterus may clamp around the fetus, blocking blood flow.

Labor Induction with Acupuncture

One of the first things an acupuncture student learns is that certain acupuncture points are very effective… and those same points are absolutely forbidden for use in pregnant women. Those points are what’s used to induce labor. Inducing labor is a simple matter for acupuncturists – a few points are used, and sometimes an “e-stim” machine is used to induce electrical current into the acu-points to improve the effectiveness. These points are nowhere near the baby itself. Labor induction with acupuncture normally takes between one and three treatments. It works best when the mother’s cervix is already slightly dilated. Acupuncture sometimes can’t induce labor without dilation, because the mother’s body isn’t ready yet.

Labor Induction at People’s Community Acupuncture

At People’s Community Acupuncture, we’re ready to treat expectant mothers in comfort.

We provide labor induction without drugs in preventing ADHD and other side effects from drug-induced labor inductions. Also avoid a large hospital bill. We require a note from your obstetrician with your due date so we don’t induce labor early. (Even if we tried, your body won’t cooperate until it’s ready. But when you ARE ready, it speeds things up greatly.)

Of course, we also treat a full range of other pregnancy-related conditions – without drugs with unknown effects upon the unborn. It’s a privilege to us to help bring new life into the world, and help new mothers recover from the ordeal of childbirth. If you’re interested in discussing how acupuncture can help you and your baby, naturally and without side effects, please contact us. Call 773-883-1205 or contact us today.

(If you’re a midwife, doula or obstetrician, we’d love to support your work. Please feel free to contact us anytime to discuss how acupuncture can help support expectant mothers.)