Pregnancy Acupuncture

Pregnancy
Acupuncture during pregnancy is SAFE, GENTLE, RELAXING, & EFFECTIVE –
I offer a Pre-Birth Acupuncture Package that make acupuncture affordable too.

1st Trimester
Congrats! You are growing a human! Your baby’s most critical development will occur during the next ten weeks. Optimize your health by eating right, avoiding toxins, gently exercising, and getting lots of extra rest and relaxation.
Common first trimester ailments include fatigue and ‘morning’ sickness, which can actually be nausea and/or vomiting that lasts all day. Many mommies-to-be may also experience some anxiety. Anxiety, which often goes undetected, may intensify your fatigue and nausea. Your first trimester care focuses on reducing tension and anxiousness and working to replace it with a calm mind and relaxed nervous system. Morning sickness often responses well to gentle acupuncture and minor dietary modifications. Oriental medicine has also been used for centuries to “secure the fetus” or strengthen the pregnancy to prevent miscarriage during early pregnancy.
2nd Trimester
Yes, you are finally glowing! By now, much of the discomfort of early pregnancy has subsided or soon will. You’re beginning to have a little bump, which probably makes the last several weeks seem all worth it. While your energy may be strong, your body continues to change. You may (or may not) notice headaches, leg cramps, back pain, abdominal pain, heartburn, pain in the buttocks or down the leg (sciatica), and wrist. Acupuncture is extremely effective in alleviating many of these aches and pains as baby begins to make his or her presence known.
3rd Trimester
Feeling a bit crowded? By this point your body has expanded a great deal and you have gained twenty to thirty pounds or more. Baby takes up a bunch of space and plays trampoline on your ribs. The strain on your body may cause shortness of breath, swelling of your hands and feet, varicose veins, achy hips, abdominal cramps, round ligament pain and difficulty sleeping.
Aside from providing you with incredible symptom relief, third trimester acupuncture and bodywork help prepare you and your baby for a natural and healthy birthing experience.
Labor Preparation
Beginning at 36 weeks acupuncture is administered once a week as a safe and effective treatment to encourage natural labor. Studies indicate that gently needling specific points on the body can help to reduce the length of labor, prevent overdue births, and accelerate cervical ripening and dilation. The protocol calls for acupuncture once a week from week 36 through the 40th week. From your due date forward, sessions increase to 2-3 times a week until you go into labor.
Click here to read an abstract about Acupuncture to Optimize Natural Labor.
Postpartum Support
Yeah! Baby’s here! …Now what??? For some new moms the transition from pregnancy to parenthood isn’t always smooth sailing. Fatigue and hormonal shifts team up with new changes in your body. The dynamics of the household suddenly shift as an amazing, new person now lives with you and runs the show. Acupuncture and herbal therapy can provide a vital support during this transition. If getting out of the house seems impossible with a new baby, your practitioner can usually arrange a house call.

Emily M. Bartlett, L.Ac, comes from a long line of health care practitioners-from her Filipino great-great-grandmother, a village shaman-healer, to her father, a Western family doctor. She applies her respect for both western knowledge and ancient wisdom to her practice of modern Chinese medicine for the whole family.
Emily received a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s college, and has studied with renowned specialists in women’s health and fertility such as Randine Lewis of The Fertile Soul. Emily guides women on the road to motherhood from pre-conception preparation for natural pregnancies to support for more advanced fertility challenges requiring Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART). She has extensive experience helping expectant moms through all stages of their pregnancies, from morning sickness and back aches to breech babies and post-partum care.
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