Maternity Acupuncture can support a happier, healthier pregnancy, more efficient labor, and smoother postpartum for both you and your baby. 

With acupuncture, diet/nutrition, and baby-friendly lifestyle recommendations, our holistic prenatal services are designed to reduce muscle tension, improve circulation, and boost nutrient absorption, supporting you in providing optimal nourishment to your growing baby and experiencing less ailments associated with pregnancy. Women who receive regular acupuncture throughout pregnancy, while maintaining a healthy diet & lifestyle, tend to have babies with happier dispositions, less colic and better sleep patterns, as well as smoother pregnancies, more efficient labors, less medical interventions, and a lower risk of postpartum depression.  

 
 
 Cervical Ripening, Labor Induction, Prenatal & Postnatal Acupuncture - Santa Cruz, CA
 

Our Pregnancy & Postpartum Services

prenatal wellness

Acupuncture is a safe, gentle & effective modality to support a healthy pregnancy, reduce miscarriage risk, alleviate common symptoms of morning sickness, fatigue, swelling, sciatica & low back pain, relax the mind & body, balance emotions, and address conditions such as hyperemesis, preeclampsia & gestational diabetes.

 

 

acupuncture induction

Once past-term or in the event membranes rupture without labor progressing, acupuncture induction can be used to stimulate uterine contractions, release tensions in the body, and calm anxieties around childbirth. Birth partners are encouraged to attend to deepen connection, bonding & oxytocin release.

 

 

breech & posterior babies

Moxibustion is commonly used in cases of breech or posterior presentations to encourage the baby to move into a more favorable position. Moxa is a non-invasive, relaxing modality of Chinese Medicine that uses the application of warmth to stimulate specific acupuncture points which aid the baby in turning.

 

 

postnatal wellness

Acupuncture is a wonderful way to support women with integrating their transition into motherhood. Whether it’s your first child or fifth, acupuncture can help reduce the risk of postpartum depression, replenish vital energy after childbirth, promote healthy lactation, and balance the many joys and challenges during this time.

 

 

birth preparation

Birth Preparation Acupuncture is commonly recommended by OBGYNs beginning at 34-36 weeks to support a more timely & efficient labor. Weekly pre-birth acupuncture has been shown to decrease medical interventions by as much as 35% and often eliminates the need for acupuncture induction.

 

 

mother warming

Traditionally known as "Mother Roasting," this modality is commonly used during the first few weeks of postpartum and involves the application of moxibustion to the abdomen and sacrum to aid in childbirth recovery, warm the uterus and reduce afterpains, raise the pelvic floor, and promote deeply restorative relaxation.

 

 
 

lactation support

Acupuncture, diet/nutrition, and herbal medicine can be safely used to support healthy lactation and a smoother breastfeeding experience by enhancing quality and production of breast milk, stimulating the ‘let-down reflex,’ alleviating mastitis and clogged milk ducts, and reducing discomfort during weaning.  

cesarean recovery

We use moxibusiton and surgical scar reduction treatments to optimize recovery post-cesarean. Moxibustion can be done within the first two weeks postpartum, with scar needling beginning 4-6 weeks later, to promote faster healing, reduce scarring, adhesions & infections, promote future fertility, and increase future VBAC success.  

 

Timing of Pregnancy & Postpartum Acupuncture Treatments

Maternity Acupuncture is safe, gentle, and effective during each trimester and can be started at any time during pregnancy.

first trimester

During the first trimester weekly treatments are recommended to support early pregnancy and alleviate common symptoms such as morning sickness and fatigue.

second & third trimesters

Treatments are recommended as needed during the second and third trimesters. Beginning at 36 weeks, Birth Preparation Acupuncture is recommended weekly.

postpartum

After childbirth we recommend at least one mother warming session and acupuncture treatment within the first three weeks of having your baby.


Importance of Western Prenatal Care

While acupuncture offers many benefits during pregnancy and can reduce the need for Western medications and interventions, it is important to remember that acupuncture is complementary care and is not intended to take the place of Western prenatal medical care. OBGYNs, Midwives and PCPs recognize the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for maintaining a successful pregnancy and preparing for childbirth and often refer patients for complementary care with acupuncture.  

If your OBGYN, Midwife, or PCP has any concerns about your condition and the benefits of acupuncture, we are always glad to coordinate care and communicate directly with your primary prenatal care provider to ensure the best possible care for you and your baby.