Pregnancy and Pre-Birth Support

At Nest, we understand how wonderful, yet complicated pregnancy can be. Over the years, we have seen the value in having patients continue with acupuncture during this very special time.

Research* has shown that patients who have regular visits with a healthcare specialist, or supportive care, have significantly better outcomes in their pregnancy. By making our practitioners a part of your prenatal supportive care team, you can expect fewer or lesser side effects of pregnancy, easier labor and delivery, and a lower risk of miscarriage*.

Our aim is to support you via acupuncture, nutritional and lifestyle suggestions, and bodywork during pregnancy and beyond. Our recommendation for treatment during pregnancy is for weekly visits throughout your 1st trimester (week 1-13), bi-weekly to monthly (or as needed) during your 2nd trimester (week 14-28), and weekly throughout your 3rd trimester (week 29-the arrival of your baby).

Here are some common patient complaints and occurrences during pregnancy that acupuncture can support:

1st Trimester-

  • Extreme tiredness
  • Tender, swollen breasts.
  • Upset stomach or nausea with or without throwing up (morning sickness)
  • Cravings or aversions for certain foods
  • Mood swings
  • Constipation (sluggish or difficult bowel movements)
  • Need to pass urine more often
  • Headache
  • Heartburn
  • Weight gain or loss

2nd Trimester –

  • Body aches, such as back, abdomen, groin, or thigh pain
  • Numb or tingling hands, called carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Itching on the abdomen, palms, and soles of the feet. (Call your doctor if you have nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice or fatigue combined with itching.)
  • Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.)

3rd Trimester-

  • Shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Breech or Posterior presentation
  • Swelling of the ankles, fingers, and face. (If you notice any sudden or extreme swelling or if you gain a lot of weight really quickly, call your doctor right away. This could be a sign of preeclampsia.)
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Tender breasts, which may leak a watery pre-milk called colostrum
  • Trouble sleeping

Pre-Birth Support

Just as vital in your 3rd trimester as in your first, pre birth support is the icing on the cake of your pregnancy as you prepare to bring your little one (ones!) into the world, as well as help you trouble shoot any issues that may arise during this last part of your pregnancy journey. Our team of practitioners is trained and specialized in supporting you through this transitional time, whether it is an emotional or physical process.

During this time, we will use a variety of modalities ranging from acupuncture, moxibustion, or massage to support you, as well as provide you with self-care tools to manage your care at home in between visits.

Our recommendation is for weekly acupuncture visits, particularly around the 34th week of pregnancy through your due date. Labor preparation has revealed to be a proactive tool for patients who have breech or posterior babies, twins, or who are simply hoping to create an easier transition to labor and delivery, regardless of whether they are delivering naturally or via cesarean section.

Existing patients, please inquire about house calls during this time if you find that you need bed rest during the 2nd or 3rd trimester.

*Miscarriage and Supportive Care during pregnancy
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3342918/