Increased body fluid levels during pregnancy can lead to inflammatory discomfort, particularly carpal tunnel syndrome. Acupuncture offers a safe drug-free treatment which can reduce the local swelling and reduce pain.
Late in pregnancy, hormones are released which loosen ligaments and prepare the pelvis for the changes required to allow the baby to be born. During this time, many women suffer from lower back and sacroiliac pain. Acupuncture is an effective treatment for reducing this pain and the inflammation which comes with it. With this pain reduction, many women find they can be more active in the final weeks of their pregnancy.
Acupuncture has been shown to be effective in numerous studies of morning sickness (citation needed). In addition to needle treatment, patients are instructed in home based treatments they can perform when feeling particularly nauseated.
After childbirth many new mothers have physical and emotional conditions which can benefit from acupuncture treatment. Post-partum depression can be helped with regular treatments but is a serious condition which women should always consult with their primary care physician about. Adjusting to the rapid changes after pregnancy as well as stresses on the body caused by carrying the baby can cause discomfort which acupuncture can address.