I’m Pregnant, Can I Get Acupuncture?

YES, you can!!! Many expectant moms incorrectly assume they should avoid acupuncture. Receiving acupuncture during pregnancy is safe and has many excellent benefits. A few advantages of acupuncture include keeping the mother in optimal health, managing morning sickness,  alleviating back pain, and reducing ankle swelling. Regular acupuncture during pregnancy can help resolve illnesses as quickly as possible and help with symptom(s) management when pharmaceutical intervention isn’t a preferred option. Acupuncture is known to improve digestive health, allowing for more excellent nutrient absorption benefiting both babe and mom. 

One of the most valuable benefits I provide to my pregnant patients is helping reduce the anxiety that often accompanies the stress of going through pregnancy and/or assisted fertility. Along with decreasing stress, I also help with reducing joint pain as the body prepares for delivery. 

Pregnant with Sleep Issues?

Pregnant and suffering from sleep issues? I can help! Besides seeing me for acupuncture, check out my Sleep Series blog posts that contain helpful self-care tips for a better night’s sleep. 

Are you Pregnant and Over 35 or Expecting Multiples?

You, too, can significantly benefit from acupuncture. I support you by boosting your Kidney qi. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the Kidney qi is similar to a highly frequented ATM that never has enough money. The money in the ATM is always in demand and continually being diminished. We can help partially restock the ATM (Kidney qi) by getting good sleep, eating nutritious & healthy foods, exercising, and keeping stress low. As we get older, or when our body is under periods of stress, like during pregnancy, that ATM reserve gets lower and lower. Acupuncture can help boost your Kidney qi and support you and your pregnancy. 

Breech Baby

Did you know the Spinning Babies website recommends acupuncture and moxibustion to help turn a breech baby? Starting at week 34, acupuncture is quite commonly used and highly recommended, once you are cleared by your OBGYN, to try and spin the baby. Check out my testimonials page and see how I’ve helped spin those stubborn breech babies. 

Labor Facilitation

Many moms to be would like some assistance with naturally facilitating labor, and that’s where I do my part by utilizing acupuncture. Since acupuncture encourages your body’s natural labor process, it’s a non-evasive and relaxing method to help get things progressing. The Spinning Babies website also encourages you to try acupuncture.

“I just wanted to thank Nicole for helping me…my water broke at home 3 hours later, and my baby was born early this morning.” 

Babe is Born, Time to Celebrate and Recover

Never give from the depths of your well,
but from your overflow.
~Rumi

Postnatal acupuncture care is a fantastic way to provide some much-needed self-care after giving birth. Acupuncture aids postnatal recovery in several ways, including facilitating the healing of the uterus, reducing pain, easing constipation, promoting sleep, reducing stress, and assisting with lactation issues.

Post-partum depression (PPD) affects about 15% of women, and the onset of symptoms can occur up to a year after babe is born. Reach out to your primary care provider (PCP) or your OBGYN, and then book your appointment to see me for acupuncture,  which can complement your MD’s care. 

Lactation issues?

Perhaps you never considered it, but you shouldn’t be surprised that acupuncture is highly effective at improving lactation. Pain, insufficient milk supply, or challenges with getting milk to descend are all commonly treated with acupuncture. 


For more information about how acupuncture can specifically benefit your pregnancy, contact me, Dr. Nicky, DACM, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

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Dr. Nicky Rieks, DACM, L.Ac. Dipl.Ac.

Dr. Nicky Rieks, DACM, L.Ac. Dipl.Ac.

Dr. Nicky is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Minnesota. She treats people of all ages, and for a diversity of health issues, including pain relief, injuries, stress, anxiety & depression, digestive and respiratory complaints, fatigue & sleep issues, skin conditions, fertility and women’s health.