Acupuncture During Pregnancy

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Congratulations! You’re knocked up.  Your hormones are crazy and you might be feeling a tad crappy.  You turn to the internet (or your doctor, I suppose) and you discover that you’re not allowed to take anything you would normally take for all your ailments.  What to do? Try acupuncture, of course.

Acupuncture during pregnancy is awesome. I know because I hardly got any during mine due to some dreadful bed rest. I wish I’d had more. But I treat a lot of pregnant women and they all have relatively easy pregnancies or are alleviated of those pesky pregnancy bonuses quicker than most.

Some things acupuncture can help with are:

  • Morning sickness aka Nausea/vomiting
  • Fatigue
  • Constipation
  • Aches and pains
  • Leg cramps (Charlie Horses are the worst!)
  • Stress/anxiety
  • Insomnia

As a bonus, women who get acupuncture during pregnancy tend to spend less time in labor and generally have less complications and interventions overall.


I’ll leave that up to you and your acupuncturist. It may vary depending which trimester you’re in but, about once every week to two weeks would be ideal. More frequent visits toward the end are common.

Acupuncture may not be able to help your waddle but, it will help keep you at ease and feeling balanced overall.

To find a great acupuncturist near you ask your friends, check out Yelp, or search

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Love it will not betray you, dismay or enslave you,
It will set you free
Be more like the man you were made to be.

-“Sigh No More” by Mumford & Sons

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1-2-3-4 I declare thrumb war

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The Best Coffee Alternative


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Let your inner light shine!

Even after all this time the sun never says to the earth “you owe me.”

Look what happens with a love like that. It lights up the whole sky.

The Gift by Hafiz, a Persian poet of the 1300s


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Happy Birthday to me!

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What do you see?

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Monday Inspiration: Jenny McCarthy

I❤ U

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