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Acupuncture?

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Has anyone here had acupuncture late in pregnancy?  What were you going for?  My DH got me a gift certificate for acupuncture early in my pregnancy.  I had completely, 100% thought that I would need it to help cope with PSD or hip pain.  However, my chiro has been doing such a great job, that I'm really not in any pain.  Now I feel like I should go, but what to go for?  Help with labor?  Relaxation?  Fatigue?  Uhm?..  He paid $150 for 3 sessions, I really need to use them! 

post #2 of 13

I did with my last pregnancy as a means of induction. I never went into labor, but after each of the two or three sessions I felt more grounded and centered, more ready to go into labor. So, it was helpful - relaxing, at least, but didn't do what I'd hoped at the time.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thanks for sharing your experience.  I suppose that if I'm not in any pain at the end, that I'll go for relaxation purposes.  :)

post #4 of 13

Let me know how it goes :-)  I'm interested! 

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

Will do!
 

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Originally Posted by jbk21 View Post

Let me know how it goes :-)  I'm interested! 



I just went to check my gift certificate and it expires on Nov 1st!  I called the Naturopathic office and they said that they'll still honor the certificate next month, but it looks like I can't put it off any longer.  My first appointment is on Saturday.  I guess if nothing else that I'll use it for general relaxation and anxiety around birth (not that I'm stressed out about it, but everyone could be more calm, right?).  At the very least, I get an hour to myself.  ;)

post #6 of 13

That sucks that it expires b/c you might want to use it at the very end, but you won't necessarily know!  I personally do not find acupuncture relaxing in the least.  I find it painful and uncomfortable.  Yes it is time to yourself, but I stopped going b/c it just wasn't worth it to me.  The only reason I'd go back would be for labor induction or breech turning if I needed it.

 

That's probably not what you wanted to hear...  Everyone is totally different, though, so maybe you'll love it!  I might suggest waiting with the other two sessions in case you need them toward the end, though.

post #7 of 13

Personally I love acupuncture and have found it to be super effective for stress relief during pregnancy.  I also know that you need to feel comfortable with the acupuncturist. I like going for a treatment simply to see Heather, my acupuncturist, because she's a wealth of knowledge about anything to do with birth, pregnancy and acupuncture.  I also just like talking to her.

She has suggested I come in between weeks 37-40 to help prepare (not induce) my body for labor.....and then went onto explain how this is done - couldn't remember that part!

Looking forward to the treatments thought and using up my health benefits for this.

post #8 of 13
Thread Starter 

Thankfully,, the lady was very understanding and said that they'd honor the gift cert until the end of my pregnancy..  I agree though, I'm totally going to see how it goes, talk to the acupuncturist and save the other 2 sessions for a few weeks.  I've never done this, so I have no idea how I'll respond.  I've heard many good things and some bad.  I'll post again after I go.
 

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Originally Posted by Jaimee View Post

That sucks that it expires b/c you might want to use it at the very end, but you won't necessarily know!  I personally do not find acupuncture relaxing in the least.  I find it painful and uncomfortable.  Yes it is time to yourself, but I stopped going b/c it just wasn't worth it to me.  The only reason I'd go back would be for labor induction or breech turning if I needed it.

 

That's probably not what you wanted to hear...  Everyone is totally different, though, so maybe you'll love it!  I might suggest waiting with the other two sessions in case you need them toward the end, though.



 

post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

I had my first appointment this morning.  We decided to do a treatment for over-all well being and vertigo (I've suffered from vertigo for years).  While there was no miraculous effects, I have had a lot of energy today and I've managed to get a lot done.  It was nice to lay there and meditate for 30 minutes and feel relaxed.  I'm going to save my other 2 appointments for the very end of the pregnancy in case I need them for a breech baby, induction, pain, etc.  The acupuncturist said that they'll extend the gift cert. into next year if I would like as well.  All in all, it went well.

post #10 of 13

That's great!!  And nice that they are extending the gift certificate b/c there could be postpartum stuff you'd like as well.

post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

I called the naturopathic clinic today to see if they would trade my acupuncture visits for massages.  They agreed, so I'm going to get 2, one hour massages in the next couple of weeks.  I think that it will be more beneficial to me, since I love massages and I'm not in too much pain.  Win!

post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by Abraisme View Post

I called the naturopathic clinic today to see if they would trade my acupuncture visits for massages.  They agreed, so I'm going to get 2, one hour massages in the next couple of weeks.  I think that it will be more beneficial to me, since I love massages and I'm not in too much pain.  Win!



Oh man that is a MAJOR score.  I thought a massage would be way pricier than an acupuncture treatment, too -- I mean $50 a pop for 2 one-hour massages is AWESOME.

 

I'm going in tomorrow for a due date acupuncture and massage treatment. I seriously cannot wait!

post #13 of 13
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I agree, I've always paid around $80-$100 for an hour of massage, so yeah, I'm excited!  Enjoy your massage, it should be such a nice treat at the end of pregnancy. 
 

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Oh man that is a MAJOR score.  I thought a massage would be way pricier than an acupuncture treatment, too -- I mean $50 a pop for 2 one-hour massages is AWESOME.

 

I'm going in tomorrow for a due date acupuncture and massage treatment. I seriously cannot wait!



 

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