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Acupuncture for Postpartum Care

The postpartum period (defined as the immediate time after giving birth lasting an unknown period) can be both a magical and exhausting time. In many parts of the world, this sacred time is cherished and protected, and new moms are cooked for and cared for by their family and community members. In the U.S. however, this is too often not the case.

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Sometimes, new moms are expected to return to work as soon as possible and maintain a household while caring for a new baby. In this crucial time of recovery, many women are left feeling depleted and exhausted, running on empty. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine has a history of over 3,000 years in helping women recover after childbirth, and can be extremely helpful for common postpartum conditions. Treatment is typically advised within the first six weeks after childbirth, in order to obtain optimal results.

Symptoms

Acupuncture can help with the following postpartum symptoms:

  • Insufficient lactation (not producing enough milk)
  • Mastitis (inflammation or an infection of one or both breasts)
  • Urinary incontinence after vaginal tearing
  • Fatigue / exhaustion
  • Pelvic pain, and pain/recovery after a C-section
  • Constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Postpartum depression and anxiety
  • Night sweats and hormonal imbalances
  • Uterine bleeding

In addition to acupuncture, a licensed acupuncturist can offer advice for nutritional and lifestyle recommendations based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory that can be helpful to the recovery process.

*Raven Lang is a licensed acupuncturist, and was also one of the first homebirth midwives in California, and is the founder of the first birth center in North America and author of Birth Book.

Specialized acupuncturists

Hennepin Healthcare offurs acupuncture and acupressure at many of their clinic locations. Although most acupuncturists can perform acupuncture on pregnant women, make an appointment with these acupuncturists who specialize in pre-natal acupuncture and acupressure:

Jessica Brown, LAc, DiplAc, MOm at the Clinic & Specialty Center Integrative Health Clinic at 612-873-6963.

Heidi Kimmer, LAc, DiplAc at our St. Anthony Village Clinic & Pharmacy at 612-873-6963.

Jamie Schafer, LAc, MAOM, Dipl OM at our Golden Valley Clinic and the Clinic & Specialty Center at 612-873-6963.