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Acupuncture in pregnancy: Can or can not?

Acupuncture in pregnancy: Can or can not?

During pregnancy there are different changes in the woman's body both emotional and physical. In order to achieve a healthy and healthy pregnancy, it is necessary to follow up with different health professionals, such as obstetrician and nutritionist.

However, in addition to these specialists the pregnant woman can also count on the assistance of an acupuncturist. Acupuncture follow-up, with their respective care, can be performed in any trimester of gestation.

Acupuncture follow-up may contribute to ease from the episodes of vomiting and nausea, - common in the first trimester - to abdominal discomforts, lower edema. Acupuncture also helps in the treatment of insomnia, nervousness, and even depression.

When used in conjunction with proper medical monitoring, acupuncture also makes it possible to treat any gestational pathology: hypertension during pregnancy , gestational diabetes, and even prevention of preterm birth.

However, like any other medical treatment, a detailed evaluation must be done before acupuncturist. During this anamnesis, physical examinations and, if necessary, imaging or laboratory tests are also done to complement the diagnosis. Having established the health needs diagnosis, the acupuncturist will establish the best form of treatment.

Acupuncture sessions during pregnancy are usually performed once a week for about 30 minutes. But in specific cases the sessions can be performed 2 to 3 times a week, without risk or prejudice to the pregnant woman and the baby.

And it is important to emphasize that every health plan should cover acupuncture medical treatment because it is Medical specialty. The SUS also contemplates acupuncture treatment in specialized outpatient clinics.

Therefore, if you are interested, talk to your obstetrician about this possibility of joint treatment. Nowadays, this understanding of a multidisciplinary medical team is increasingly occurring to treat the pregnant woman. We at Obstetrics work harmoniously together with acupuncture, endocrinology and cardiology when necessary

Because it is a medical specialty, it can only be performed by professionals in medicine, veterinary medicine and dentistry - each within its field of action, defined by law.


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