Current information suggests that acupuncture is relatively safe for most pregnancies and that severe reactions or complications are rare. You may experience mild complications (pain or swelling at the needle insertion point, for example) that aren’t long-lasting.
Can acupuncture cause miscarriage in early pregnancy?
However, there haven’t been any documented cases of acupuncture definitively causing premature labor or miscarriage, so it is just a general recommendation to avoid the practice during your first trimester.
Can you have acupuncture in early pregnancy?
It’s generally safe to have acupuncture when you’re pregnant. However, let your acupuncture practitioner know if you’re pregnant because certain acupuncture points cannot be used safely during pregnancy.
Does acupuncture reduce risk of miscarriage?
Within fertility research, acupuncture demonstrates beneficial hormonal responses with decreased miscarriage rates, raising the possibility acupuncture may promote specific beneficial effects in early pregnancy.
What acupuncture points are not safe during pregnancy?
Although there is no consensus on the full spectrum of forbidden points,3 those most frequently cited as contraindicated throughout pregnancy (at least before 37 weeks) are SP6, LI4, BL60, BL67, GB21, LU7, and points in the lower abdomen (eg, CV3–CV7) and sacral region (eg, BL27–34).
How can I avoid miscarriage?
How Can I Prevent a Miscarriage?
- Be sure to take at least 400 mcg of folic acid every day, beginning at least one to two months before conception, if possible.
- Exercise regularly.
- Eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
- Manage stress.
- Keep your weight within normal limits.
- Don’t smoke and stay away from secondhand smoke.
How can acupuncturist tell if you are pregnant?
One example of when we see noticeable changes in the pulse is in pregnancy. A woman’s pulse may be thin and soft as she prepares for conception (we are using Acupuncture and herbs to pump it up), when she becomes pregnant the pulse gets quicker, a little stronger, and can start to have a slippery feel to it.
What are the risks of acupuncture?
The risks of acupuncture are low if you have a competent, certified acupuncture practitioner using sterile needles. Common side effects include soreness and minor bleeding or bruising where the needles were inserted. Single-use, disposable needles are now the practice standard, so the risk of infection is minimal.
How often should I get acupuncture during pregnancy?
To gain the maximum benefits of prenatal acupuncture, we recommend that women have 1 to 2 30 minute acupuncture sessions per week, and should begin to see benefits after 3 sessions.
How can Chinese medicine prevent miscarriage?
Shou Tai Wan tonifies and stabilizes the Kidney to prevent miscarriage and calms the fetus. The herbs collectively tonify Yang, Yin, and Blood. The additions were included to address the Middle Jiao and prevent nausea.
Is massage safe during 1st trimester?
A massage too early on may cause problems, even potentially a miscarriage. It is not recommended by most massage experts to use massage in first trimester clients. Pressure points on a woman’s body may accidentally trigger contractions that are dangerous for both the mother and child.
Where should you not massage when pregnant?
Experts stay safe by avoiding pressure points associated with the pelvis, wrists, hands, and ankles. Due to the risk of blood clots during pregnancy it is also important to avoid deep tissue massage in the legs.