Pregnancy Care

There is no more important time to care for your body and overall wellbeing than when you are pregnant. Let Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine guide you to ensure the best possible pregnancy.

How Will Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Help Me?


Every woman’s body is unique and each of her pregnancies also differs. At Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine (EAIM), mothers-to-be receive individualized care to help them make the most of their pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum experiences. Entirely drug free by nature, acupuncture can safely and effectively treat and cure a variety of conditions and promote an ideal labor. Many women rely on acupuncture for relief of pains and discomfort, treatment of pregnancy conditions and to ensure the best health for their baby.

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Contact Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine to learn how you can enjoy the best possible pregnancy experience.

How is Acupuncture Involved in a Safe and Healthy Pregnancy?

Maternal Toxins

The premise of acupuncture for pregnant women is the awareness that two people are being treated simultaneously – the mother and her baby. Unborn babies are subject to “maternal toxins,” which may results in a range of ailments during childhood[JD1] , including:

  • Higher fevers during illness

  • More frequent childhood illness

  • Skin problems, such as eczema

Acupuncture can be used during pregnancy to rid these maternal toxins, as well as nourish and improve fetal development.

Comfort and Wellness During Pregnancy

Many women have a “grin and bear it” attitude toward pregnancy, assuming negative side effects are just part of the process. Some discomfort is normal, but acupuncture offers nontoxic relief of symptoms such as:

  • Anxiety and stress

  • Back and pelvic pain

  • Dizziness

  • Edema

  • Fatigue

  • Gestational diabetes

  • Headache

  • Heartburn

  • Hemorrhoids

  • High blood pressure

  • Insomnia[/one_half]Leg Cramps

  • Morning sickness

  • Poor constitution

  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension

  • Sciatica

  • Sinusitis

  • Threatened miscarriage

  • Thrush and abnormal vaginal discharge

  • Urinary tract infections (acute and chronic)

  • Varicose veins

Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine can help you retain your vitality so you experience a smoother pregnancy.

First Trimester

The most rapid development of the fetus occurs in the first trimester. Acupuncture benefits both the mother and the baby during this time in many ways. Treatments increase blood flow to the uterus, which allows the uterine lining to grow strong enough to support implantation by the embryo. Much of the neural tube development occurs within the first few weeks after contraception. The mother’s health and the womb’s environment is especially important to the baby’s development during this time period, as the neural tube will later develop into the brain and spinal cord. Weekly acupuncture treatments help ensure healthy embryo growth, as well as alleviate the mother’s symptoms such as morning sickness, headaches and fatigue.

Second Trimester

Research has shown that a mother’s stress may affect her unborn baby as early as week 17 of pregnancy. Acupuncture is a highly effective stress management treatment, helping mothers-to-be calm their minds and emotions. Other common second trimester symptoms relieved by acupuncture include constipation, edema, heartburn, hemorrhoids and stress.

Third Trimester

During the final trimester, mothers may seek relief through acupuncture for backaches, carpal tunnel syndrome, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, pubic and joint pain, and sciatica. Around 34 to 36 weeks, the staff at EAIM will begin a pre-birth acupuncture treatment plan to prepare your body for an optimal labor and delivery. Each mother’s pre-birth acupuncture will be designed for her specific condition and pregnancy history. This treatment usually assists in the birth process by preparing the cervix, stimulating the baby’s head down position for labor, and promoting energy and stamina for the mother.Regular acupuncture treatments can reduce the possibility of medical intervention during the labor process, including turning a breech baby and medically inducing labor.

During Birth

Acupuncture has long been used to naturally stimulate contractions and induce overdue labor. This is the perfect technique for women striving to have a drug-free pregnancy and labor. During birth, women may find that acupuncture will

  • Reduce pain

  • Boost energy

  • Promote efficient labor

  • Manage stress

Postpartum Care

Amidst the excitement and transition that follows the birth, is important for new mothers to maintain self-care to ensure a full recovery. Seeking acupuncture in the first few weeks following childbirth may help a mother avoid years of stress. We can also identify and treat abnormalities in lochial flow to regulate menstruation. Additionally, post-birth acupuncture can

  • Alleviate anxiety

  • Prevent postpartum depression

  • Promote sufficient lactation

  • Relieve pain from backache, perianal and other forms

  • Restore a mother’s energy

  • Treat mastistis

Make an Appointment

If you or someone you know is pregnant or is planning to become pregnant, make an appointment to see how the knowledgeable staff of Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine can care for you. Especially during this wondrous time, you deserve health and happiness, and we can help you achieve it in abundance. About Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Eastside Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine practitioner Minerva Henson assists her patients with the body’s natural ability to heal itself. As an East Asian Medicine Practitioner, her role is to restore the body’s natural harmony, as well as educate and encourage patients. If conventional methods have failed to deliver the well being you deserve, acupuncture may be the best course for you. Come try it under the care of Minerva in the safe setting of Eastside Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. EAIM is located in Kirkland, Washington. 

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