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The Importance of Good Health Habits During Pregnancy

by Anna Pyne, LAc, MSOM, FABORM

I was reading a recent article in Time magazine on ‘How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life’ and felt impelled to write this latest blog.  The article explains that obesity, heart disease, diabetes, depression, and cancer can be traced back to fetal origins.  The belief is that “the nine months of gestation constitute the most consequential period of our lives, permanently influencing the wiring of the brain and the functioning of the organs…”.*  This inspired me to write about the importance of good health during gestation.  Acupuncture and herbal care during pregnancy is just one modality we offer at Pulling Down the Moon to help ensure optimal health for the mother and developing fetus.

Acupuncture and herbal therapy administered in the first trimester, as I’ve seen in my practice, may help benefit the mother by reducing fatigue, easing nausea, resolves acne, soothes headaches, and any other change that affects the body while the hormones adjust to being pregnant.  For the embryo it is an especially important time as good health in the first trimester will establish the constitution of the growing fetus.  Acupuncture and herbs are still applicable in the second trimester, although treatment is typically not as frequent as in the first.  The third trimester is also an important one, and treatment frequency will increase as the expected due date draws near.   Treatment focus is always adjusted to the mother’s needs at that moment in her life, for example, enhancing the immune system if she has the tendency to fall ill, strengthening the digestive tract in cases of IBS, or boosting metabolism in cases of obesity etc.  Expectant mothers should be cognizant that they are setting the stage for the health of their unborn child from the beginning of pregnancy to labor.  Acupuncture and herbs during this time are a great, safe way to maintain and benefit health when done by a knowledgeable practitioner.  To schedule an appointment or find out more on how acupuncture and herbal therapy can help, feel free to contact me via email or call the office.


*”How the First Nine Months Shape the Rest of Your Life” Time Magazine, Oct 4 th 2010, p52.