When it comes to pregnancy, many women are worried about the effect certain things may have on their pregnancy or even baby. Acupuncture is no different, at Dawn Potter Acupuncture, we use acupuncture for a variety of conditions, including infertility. Many patients wonder if they can continue acupuncture after they have successfully become pregnant and the short answer is yes! However, there are some important things to keep in mind like whether your acupuncturist in Clearwater is licensed and whether or not they know that you are pregnant. Based on that information, different techniques may need to be used.
Studies on Pregnancy Acupuncture
Although acupuncture during pregnancy has not been heavily studied, there are some cases in which studies have looked at the impact of acupuncture on perinatal outcomes.
Pregnancy Outcome Following Women’s Participation In A Randomized Controlled Trial of Acupuncture to Treat Nausea and Vomiting in Early Pregnancy, Smith C et al., Complement Ther Med. 2002 Jun;10(2):78-83.
This study is the largest to date on acupuncture during pregnancy and looked at about 600 women. The study compared women who had gotten two types of acupuncture, “sham” acupuncture or no acupuncture at all. The study concluded there were no differences in perinatal outcomes (including miscarriages), birth abnormalities, complications during pregnancy or any differences between the health of the infants.
While this Cochrane Review actually looks at many different studies relating to pregnancy and treating nausea and vomiting, information within it tells us that there was no evidence that acupuncture during pregnancy increased rates of mircarriage among women.
Finding a Licensed Clearwater Acupuncturist
As mentioned previously, it is important to work with an experienced, trained and licensed pregnancy acupuncturist in Clearwater, Florida. Trusting in an unlicensed professional could result in unintended outcomes, including injury.
Schedule Pregnancy Acupuncture in Clearwater, Florida Today
Interested in acupuncture for pregnant women in Clearwater? Contact Dawn Potter Acupuncture today to schedule your appointment, we would be more than happy to get you on our schedule.