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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

By Christina Livas L.Ac.

As an acupuncturist working in the fertility field, I am frequently asked if Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy. I am here to answer that question! Acupuncture is a completely safe and effective treatment for minor to moderate pregnancy symptoms. It is important to know that there are many medications that are considered unsafe to take during pregnancy and while breastfeeding. That is why many patients turn to acupuncture (as I did during my own pregnancy) to treat even common symptoms unrelated to pregnancy to avoid taking medication unless it was deemed necessary. 

Here is a list of symptoms Acupuncture can treat during your pregnancy journey.

First trimester:

Second Trimester:

  • Lingering first trimester symptoms
  • Pain
  • Sinus congestion
  • Hypertension
  • Preeclampsia 
  • Emotional Imbalance

Third Trimester:

  • GERD/acid reflux/heartburn
  • Neck pain
  • Back pain
  • Sciatica
  • Rib pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Insomnia
  • General discomfort
  • Itching 
  • Sinus congestion
  • Anxiety
  • Preparing the body for labor


  • Discharge
  • After pains
  • Perineal pain
  • Incision pain
  • Breast discomfort
  • Fatigue
  • Insufficient Lactation
  • Mastitis
  • Baby blues/postnatal depression

While acupuncture can treat a variety of symptoms during your pregnancy there are still areas of the body that should not be needled while you are pregnant. This makes it very important that you choose an acupuncturist that specializes in fertility and/or pregnancy. Pregnancy is an amazing and exciting time in your life and you should make sure your body feels amazing too!! 

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References: – low back pain and pelvic pain – anxiety and depression pre/postnatal – treating nausea and vomiting – safety of acupuncture during pregnancy