Prenatal Acupuncture in Boston
Prenatal Acupuncture in Boston - Johnston Family Acupuncture
Ease pregnancy problems with acupuncture.
Pregnancy can be one of the most rewarding times of your life, but that doesn’t mean it’s without any troubles. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments, aches, and pains, and can be used to treat issues related to your pregnancy as well. Johnston Family Acupuncture specializes in prenatal acupuncture, and we want to relieve you of stress so you can focus on having a healthy pregnancy.
How does acupuncture work? Does it hurt?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very tiny needles, about the size of a human hair, into your skin at key locations. Because of the size of the needles, it’s unusual for you to experience any pain during your treatment. The most you should feel is a slight pinch as the needles are inserted. Once the needles are in, most of our patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep.
These key locations during the acupuncture treatments change the way the body processes stressors, which in turn help the endocrine and nervous systems to return to balance.
What are the benefits of prenatal acupuncture for the mother?
Acupuncture can treat a myriad of issues related to pregnancy such as:
Morning sickness - Acupuncture can reduce nausea and vomiting associated with morning sickness.
Back pain - Acupuncture can relieve pressure on your lower back and pelvis and help maintain your mobility during pregnancy.
Headaches - Acupuncture can make headaches related to pregnancy less frequent and less severe, meaning you’ll need less medication to manage them.
Depression - Depression during pregnancy is common, affecting as many as 1 in 4 expecting mothers. Acupuncture helps your body produce endorphins, which aid in combating depression.
What are the benefits of prenatal acupuncture to my baby?
Acupuncture can have a variety of benefits throughout your pregnancy. Acupuncture will improve blood flow to your uterus and lower your overall stress levels. These are both important factors in maintaining a viable, healthy pregnancy.
Can acupuncture help maintain health during pregnancy?
When used with your other prenatal treatments, acupuncture can help maintain your health of your pregnancy by strengthening the lining of your uterus, leading to a greater chance of a viable pregnancy.
Acupuncture can also reduce your stress levels, improve your circulation, and eliminate aches and pains associated with pregnancy. All of these factors together keep you healthier and happier, which leads to a healthy and happy baby.
Can acupuncture be used to induce labor?
Yes, but not in the sense that Western labor induction works. Acupuncture in the right places can help your body prepare for labor by causing it to produce the hormones that induce labor naturally. Medicinally induced labor tends to onset quickly and forcefully and can come with added side effects.
Labor induced by acupuncture, however, leads to a gradual production of hormones and relaxation of the nervous system. This is a more natural progression that softens your cervix and triggers contractions at a more moderate pace. The gradual onset of labor often means a less stressful and less painful delivery.
Are there any risks to prenatal acupuncture?
Acupuncture is generally safe, regardless of your medical history or any medications. Prior to your first session, you’ll complete an intake form to give us an idea of your medical background and we will determine the best course of treatment for you.
How can I start prenatal acupuncture sessions?
To schedule a treatment, call us at 617-602-3868 or visit us at 376 Boylston St. Suite 301 Boston, MA 02116.