Pregnancy Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a form of Traditional Chinese Medicine that is commonly used throughout pregnancy.  At Hatch Therapies we are experienced at providing treatment during each stage of pregnancy.  We talk to you about your health concerns and symptoms and then design your Pregnancy Acupuncture consultation specifically to address your needs.

The Beginning of your pregnancy, First Trimester:

Pregnancy Acupuncture can be used from the time of conception providing a safe form of treatment that may be utilized for many different health concerns.  During the first trimester Pregnancy Acupuncture is commonly used to:

  • Support the body and mind
  • May support the pregnancy in some cases of threatened miscarriage
  • May assist symptoms such as tiredness, headaches and constipation
  • Treat morning sickness, reduce nausea and vomiting
  • May help to calm the mind, ease anxiety and promote relaxation
  • May treat common colds, flu, sinus and skin conditions
  • May reduce muscular tension, aches and pain

The Second Trimester:

Pregnancy Acupuncture can safely be used in the second trimester just as it was in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.  In the middle of your pregnancy your body really starts changing often resulting in the occurrence of aches and pain.  Now can be a great time to start regular pregnancy Acupuncture combined with Massage.  Pregnancy Massage combined with Massage may provide a wonderful time for relaxation and may treat:

  • Headache and migraine
  • Neck tension
  • Upper back and shoulder pain
  • Lower back and hip pain
  • Sciatic pain
  • Pubic symphysis and pelvic pain
  • Leg cramps
  • Oedema (fluid retention)
  • Rib pain
  • Carpel tunnel

The Third Trimester:

Pregnancy Acupuncture is commonly used in the third trimester to address various health concerns and to prepare the mind and body for birth.  Some key times for Pregnancy Acupuncture treatment include:

  • 34 Weeks: Around the 34th week of pregnancy is considered the best time to perform Pregnancy Acupuncture and Moxibustion for breech position babies.  You can read about this under “Acupuncture and Moxibustion for Breech Position Baby”


  • 36 Weeks: From 36 weeks we recommend weekly treatment to start preparing the body and mind for labour.  At this stage each women’s treatment needs will vary.  We will discuss your current symptoms and desires for labour preparation then tailor your treatment specifically for you.  A key focus of treatment is often addressing muscular aches and pain, assisting you to feel more comfortable through the final weeks of pregnancy.  Pregnancy Acupuncture combined with Massage may provide valuable relaxation and pain relief.


  • 38 Weeks to due date and beyond.  Pregnancy Acupuncture for labour induction is commonly used to prepare for and encourage labour.  You can read about Pregnancy Acupuncture for labour induction under ” Acupuncture for Labour Induction”