Relieving Pregnancy Discomfort with Acupuncture

By Dr. Like He Family Medecine | St. Luke’s Medical Arts Clinic

At certain times during pregnancy, an expectant mom may feel uncomfortable. She may have nausea at first and back pain later on in her pregnancy. She may even experience migraines more often. Mothers who avoid taking medication during pregnancy may opt to simply suffer through this discomfort. But, there’s another option that has no chemicals, and no effect on the baby at all: acupuncture.

Acupuncture is a form of complementary or alternative medicine where thin needles are inserted into key areas of the body. Another way to think of it is as an unblocking or opening of the body’s energy channels. The human body has built-in healing capabilities that can be kickstarted with the help of acupuncture.

For pregnant mothers, acupuncture can help with recurring issues such as nausea, fatigue, headaches, migraines and lower back pain. But perhaps one of acupuncture’s greatest benefits is alleviating stress. Beyond causing fatigue, insomnia and irritability, stress can bring on a number of conditions due to an increase in cortisol. So simply feeling less stressed can have a huge impact on your health.

Most of my patients leave saying they feel more relaxed, or like a weight has been lifted off of their shoulders. Acupuncture has a calming effect on people. It helps that we have soft music playing in our acupuncture treatment room and the chair reclines to your comfort. Everything about the appointment is soothing and restorative.

Making an Appointment

At first, we may start with appointments twice a week. Each appointment lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, and there’s no prep or recovery time. That’s one of the great things about acupuncture.

Currently, many private health insurance companies cover acupuncture for pregnancy-related concerns. However, every insurance policy is different, so it’s good to check with your insurance in advance.

If you have questions or want to know more about acupuncture, you can always ask your provider for information or schedule an appointment.

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St. Luke’s Birthing Center is located in Duluth, MN, with St. Luke’s clinics in the surrounding region, including Superior, WI. To schedule a tour of St. Luke’s Birthing Center, call 218.249.5605.

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