Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Using Ancient Wisdom to Nurture New Life

By Paul J.O'Brien
B.A., N.C.E.H.S., Dip. Acu., Cert Clin. Med. M.T.C.M.C.I., M.C.Th.A.

Acupuncture and Pregnancy, a speciality of mine, is something people are often confused about. “Can you get Acupuncture when you are pregnant?” is a question I hear a lot asked in my reception area. Not only can you get Acupuncture when pregnant it is one of the most safe and successful methods of treating variety of conditions such as, Miscarriage Prevention Nausea and morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, urinary tract infections, muscular pain and Sciatica to name but a few. It’s also extremely useful in treating general fatigue and exhaustion, Anemia, Insomnia, anxiety and depression, sinusitis’s, pregnancy induced hyper-tension, oedema, varicose veins and more.

Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture and Pregnancy go hand in hand, a perfect compliment to maintain the health of both parties. Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment; it is drug free, and can be a safe and effective method of treating a multitude of disorders that occur as a result of pregnancy, enhancing not only the quality of a woman’s life during pregnancy, but also possibly preventing more serious medical conditions arising. Finally Acupuncture and Pregnancy is very useful in regards to Labour, both easing the pain experienced in a natural drug free manner, but it can also reduce the amount of medical intervention necessary. Studies have also shown that can prove effective for treating pregnancy induced hyper tension and posterior presentation.

Of course, the chief concern is the safety aspect of Acupuncture during pregnancy. And there is no cause for alarm. There is NO evidence, or clinical studies indicating that acupuncture contributes to any complications during pregnancy. Furthermore, I have had the privilege to treat many pregnant women for a variety of conditions and am pleased to say I have had nothing but success in this regard.

With that said, there are certain points that are contraindicated and are not used in Acupuncture and Pregnancy treatment’s These points are traditionally used to induce labour and as such would be inappropriate to needle.

The following articles may be of interest and discuss different complaints and their treatment methods in regards to Acupuncture and Pregnancy.


Acupuncture and Miscarriage Prevention
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Nausea
Acupuncture for Morning Sickness
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Heartburn
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Constipation
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Varicose Veins
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Urinary Tract Infections
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Muscular Pain
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Fatigue
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Anemia
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Insomnia
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Anxiety and Depression
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Itching
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Sinusitis
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Hypertension
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Oedema
Acupuncture, Pregnancy and Labour Induction


Finally, let me leave you with the experience of one of my patients...

Testemonial - From Back Pain to First Time Mother:

I most enjoyed the relaxed manner and atmosphere, it’s very personalized and tailored session and Paul’s approach is excellent (and friendly).

My overall experience with Paul was extremely positive and effective. I always feel ‘renewed’ or re-energized after a session!

I have recommended Paul to both family and work!

These treatments have improved my life, I’m pain free and most importantly treatment eased my pregnancy.

I initially started acupuncture to relieve my back pain but continued treatment throughout my pregnancy and after for a list of ailments including endometriosis, and irritable bowel.

Having exhausted nearly all other options available to me, I decided to try acupuncture and ease my constant back pain. I can say without hesitation that it was a success; I no longer carry a mini ‘chemist’ in my handbag! Not only did Paul manage to cure my back and make me pain free for the first time in years, he also alleviated my endometriosis and the symptoms that affected me. So much so that I went on to have a very healthy and seamless pregnancy.

I continued with my course of acupuncture during my pregnancy and this ensured that my energy levels were good, my swelling reduced and I remained relaxed. Even my indigestion / heartburn, a common side effect, was manageable!

All in all, I would highly recommend acupuncture, especially with Paul J.O’Brien to anyone interested in using an alternative form of medicine. I definitely found it more effective!

Ciara Taylor, 31,

Product Manager.

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If you are trying to conceive, have become pregnant, have a history of miscarriage, or are suffering from a pregnancy related condition and want to ensure the best possible health for both you and your child, then perhaps you should consider Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Acupuncture and Pregnancy Treatments that I provide or wish to start a course of treatment then please feel free to contact me or make an appointment where we can discus any specific concerns or questions you may have.


Ready to get started? Great. Call my clinic at 087 901 9627 so we can discuss your needs and set up the first appointment.


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