Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change. It’s also a time when it’s more important than ever to support and care for your well-being. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, ensuring optimal health for you and your baby in a safe and natural way, without the use of harmful medications.

What to expect?

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi (pronounced “chee”), or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM work to balance the Qi in the body’s meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body.

For a healthy pregnancy, regular weekly and/or monthly treatments are recommended. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and suggest treatment based on your unique symptoms and concerns.

Because some acupuncture points should not be used during pregnancy, it’s important to choose a practitioner experienced in prenatal acupuncture. It’s also important to discuss any treatments or herbal supplements with all of your prenatal health care providers.

Relief for common concerns

Regular balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy can enhance your health as well as your baby’s health, potentially preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby. Many mothers-to-be find themselves facing anxiety, fatigue, back pain, heartburn, nausea and other symptoms as a result of the many new demands being placed on their bodies. Acupuncture has been found to effectively relieve many of these symptoms. 

Morning sickness responds particularly well to acupuncture, and your practitioner can even show you specific points that you can massage at home to help restore your appetite. Recent studies have also shown promising results in using acupuncture for depression during and after pregnancy.

Breech babies and other issues

Acupuncture can also help with more serious issues during pregnancy. Specific acupuncture points and techniques are very useful for turning “breech babies” (those positioned feet first). One study concluded that acupuncture is useful for babies that position themselves in a difficult presentation, and it is a relatively simple, effective and inexpensive method for breech birth presentation.1 Treatment involves moxibustion, or applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to a point on the little toes. The treatment causes no adverse side effects.

If your due date has passed, acupuncture can also be used to induce labor through gentler means than traditional Western labor-inducing treatments and medications. Acupuncture and acupressure can even be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.

After baby has arrived

It’s important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, rebalance your energy, boost your body’s defenses and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and postpartum depression.

Acupuncture and TCM provide a safe, gentle way to nurture and care for your health, and that of your baby, throughout your pregnancy and beyond. If you are pregnant or considering having a baby, contact an acupuncturist today!

ceo/lead acupuncturist

teresa shen

acupuncturist

dr. candace lou

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Eastern Medical Center

5933 Coronado Lane Suite 100, Pleasanton, Ca, 94588

(925) 847-8889

Eastern Medical Center is the leading provider in the Bay Area for Acupuncture, Acupressure, Cupping, Seitai Senpo, Active Release Therapy, and Strech Therapy. Eastern Medical Center specializes in Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Cancer Care, Carpal Tunnel, Colds, Cosmetic Facelift, Flus, Depression, Diabetes, Insomnia, Headaches, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Pain Pregnancy, Premenstrual Syndrome, Stress.  Eastern Medical Center was founded in 1982 by Mason Shen.  In 2007, Mason Shen passed away and left his legacy to his daughter, Teresa Shen. Since then, Teresa Shen has revolutionized the practice of Acupuncture.  Eastern Medical Center began in Livermore and has moved to Pleasanton to a larger facility to handle the growth of Acupuncture.  Eastern Medical Center currently serves Livermore, Dublin, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Danville, Walnut Creek, Alamo, Tracy, Mountain House, Castro Valley, San Leandro and all of the San Francisco area. Eastern Medical Center is rated the best on Yelp. Contents from Allergies, Arthritis, Asthma, Back Pain, Cancer Care, Carpal Tunnel, Colds, Cosmetic Facelift, Flus, Depression, Diabetes, Insomnia, Headaches, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Multiple Sclerosis, Neck Pain, Pain Pregnancy, Premenstrual Syndrome, Stress pages are from © Acupuncture Media Works. 866-696-7577. www.acupuncturemediaworks.com. Eastern Medical Center is currently in network with Medrisk, Cigna, United Healthcare, Blue Shield of California, TriWest Healthcare, U.S. Department of Affairs, United States of America Department of Labor, and Sedgwick. Pleasanton Acupuncture. Livermore Acupuncture. Dublin Acupuncture. Acupuncture Pleasanton. Acupuncture Livermore. Acupuncture Dublin.

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