Acupuncture for Pregnancy and Childbirth – Los Angeles Acupuncture and Wellness

acupuncture for pregnancyIt is only natural that when the mother is healthy that will go a long way to insure the health of the baby. Acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine are methods proven safe and effective for treating common problematic pregnancy symptoms. These can include, to name a few: morning sickness, water retention, edema, neck pain, back pain, leg cramps, sciatica, insomnia, fatigue, exhaustion, depression, anxiety, heartburn, constipation, swelling, vomiting, nausea, pelvic pain, headache, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other discomforts. This ancient medical system will treat the cause of the imbalance rather than just mitigate symptoms. Acupuncture treatments will help in creating a strong and suitable environment for the birth of a child by balancing the mother, as well as help soothe pregnancy discomforts.

Acupuncture is also used in preventing health problems that may occur during or after pregnancy. Results have shown that more and more women are using acupuncture to help make the entire childbearing year more comfortable and may prevent or treat common problems associated with pregnancy.

Although acupuncture can be used to prevent such symptoms, treatments can also address relieving symptoms once they have occurred .


Acupuncture treatments can be used in the weeks prior to the due date by preparing the woman’s body for the intense work of birth. There is a treatment that can also encourage the baby to move in to the optimal head down position prior to birth. In addition, Acupuncture treatments have been employed to induce labor as well. The points targeted increase the amount, strength, and regularity of contractions and stimulate cervical ripening. It is common to see women use acupuncture to induce labor in addition to using it for pain relief.

How Getting Acupuncture During Pregnancy Can Make You More Comfortable

pregnant womanThere are many discomforts during pregnancy, from having to sleep on your side to emotional swings due to raging hormones. To make the problem worse, there is a never-ending list of medications that aren’t to be taken while pregnant. Fortunately, acupuncture during pregnancy is completely safe and is often used to treat a variety of issues that pregnancy causes.

While acupuncture is perfectly safe for pains and muscle tensions during pregnancy, it is even used to alleviate some of the anxiety, worry and depression that can result from hormone fluctuations. In fact, a Stanford study showed that 63 percent of women that received depression focused acupuncture had a decrease in depression, nearly triple the control group.

Of course, not all women experience depression during their pregnancy. However, acupuncture is still an excellent and safe choice for dealing with all of the little aches and pains that come along, especially with all of the medication restrictions. What’s even more exciting is that you don’t need treatment nearly as often as you would need to take medication, and there are no side effects as there would be with medication.

Pregnancy is a very difficult time, from morning sickness to hormone swings, so it’s important to minimize stress. Not only will this help you, but reducing your stress level helps your baby as well. The more you are able to relax, the less overall discomfort you will feel. Don’t endure more pain, cramping, or depression that you need to; let specialized acupuncture help you feel better.

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Acupressure For Fertility and Childbirth DVDs: a Must Have Part of Your Pregnancy Plan

If you are currently pregnant or hoping to be sometime in the near future, labor pain horror stories have probably crossed your mind at least once. We’ve all heard them recanted by those who’ve experienced less than serene labors or deliveries. While the joy of expecting your precious little one ultimately triumphs over any concern you may have about the pain of childbirth, many are fearful of this natural process, especially if this is your first pregnancy.

Whether you were able to conceive easily or you consider yours to be an acupressure miracle pregnancy, you want things to go well, without complications and with as little stress and discomfort as possible. Where, though, can you find the answers you need when there are such conflicting opinions about which options are best, safest, most natural or available to you? You need information you can trust, from a source who has both the credentials and experience to ease your mind, spirit and body. Your baby is too precious to trust to just anyone and often conventional wisdom asks you to do that very thing.

I’m Dr. Laurie Binder LAc RNCNP Doctor of Acupuncture RILB. I have put together two informational video resources to help expectant mothers and their birth partners understand the natural options for augmenting and enhancing both the pregnancy and the childbirth process.
Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth DVD

Acupressure for Childbirth

My Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth DVD is a comprehensive compilation of the natural options available to those mothers hoping for a calm, relaxed, totally natural pregnancy and childbirth experience. Though the DVD’s aim is for a natural process, it supports conventional methods as well.

Using my experience as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Class Educator, my Acupressure For Fertility and Childbirth DVDs will guide you through the entire pregnancy and childbirth experience. Whether your birth plan is geared toward a completely natural birth or more of a conventional labor and delivery, this comprehensive DVD will teach you the specific acupressure points and organized breathing techniques to make your birthing experience one that you and your birth partner will want to remember.
Acupressure for Fertility

Acupressure for Fertility

In case you are in the process of trying to conceive, my comprehensive Acupressure For Fertility and Childbirth DVDs also explains the numerous factors that play a vital role in increasing a woman’s fertility including:
• acu-point location and stimulation
• diet and lifestyle modifications for boosting fertility
• identification of optimal fertile times
• relaxation and breathing techniques to reduce stress and enhance fertility

Sample Testomial – more here
“I started seeing Laurie in Dec. 2011 to help with my fertility. After only two treatments of acupuncture and in-depth counseling in changing my diet, it worked!”
Love & Blessings,
AB, North Hollywood

Pregnancy and childbirth are natural processes which can be looked forward to with joy and anticipation rather than with anxiety and fear; however, information is key. From maintaining a healthy pregnancy to increasing labor and delivery comfort levels and so much more, the Acupressure For Fertility and Acupressure and Breathing for Childbirth DVDs provides expectant mothers the techniques and information necessary to augment whatever plan they choose and bring their pregnancy to fruition with the best possible outcome and experience.
For more information about what acupressure can offer you in your quest for parenthood, contact me for a consultation.