By guest blogger krystal kinnunen, l.ac.
For thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used to promote the health and well-being of pregnant women and their babies. Even with all of today’s technological advancements, conventional medicine is not always able to address the most common challenges experienced during pregnancy in a drug-free, non-invasive manner. Acupuncture, by restoring the smooth flow of energy throughout the body, offers a safe and relaxing way to relieve common ailments throughout pregnancy and prepare mother and baby for a safe, natural birth.
Acupuncture assists the body in maintaining its natural balanced, healthy state and promotes a “reset” when we get out of balance. Treatments provide a boost to the immune system, benefiting both mother and baby. One effect in particular is the increased blood flow to the uterus, which nourishes baby and decreases the chances of miscarriage. Another is the calming of the mother’s parasympathetic nervous system, promoting an optimal environment for healthy fetal development.
Studies also show that prebirth acupuncture sessions increase the chances for a natural vaginal birth with decreased chances for medical intervention, including C-section. In the case of breech presentation late in pregnancy, a technique called moxibustion can turn the baby around for a safe natural delivery. In addition, acupuncture has been shown to decrease chances of postpartum depression.
Acupuncture treatments for pregnant mothers with Krystal Kinnunen, include activating the “Happy Baby” point at the end of the first and second trimesters. This works to minimize transmissions of toxins from mother to child, boosting baby’s overall health and increasing resistance to illness. Other benefits of prenatal and perinatal acupuncture include:
- Reduced morning sickness
- Reduced acid reflux
- Reduced low back and pelvic pain
- Improved sleep
- Improved energy levels
- Lower anxiety levels
In my yogic and Chinese Medicine studies, I was taught the importance of supporting pregnant mothers. A healthy, happy, and calm mother has the ability to bring a healthy, happy, and calm child into the world, which in turn creates a healthier society. My teacher Yogi Bhajan taught that during pregnancy, the foundation of the child’s unconscious mind is forming, which is why it’s so important for every pregnant woman to experience a calm, meditative mind on a regular basis, along with support from her community. The atmosphere at Krystal's office is designed to promote relaxation, healing, and support during this special time in your life. Regular acupuncture treatments throughout pregnancy are an excellent way for a mother to have holistic loving care in addition to the care of her doctor or midwife.