Prenatal Care

Pregnancy is a transformational time for any woman’s life that involves remarkable physical and emotional adjustments to make room for the new baby. Taking care of the mother’s health during this time is important for both mother and baby as prenatal care strongly influences the health of the child for a lifetime. Acupuncture offers women a holistic drug free approach to support their pregnancy and birthing experience.

Recommended Prenatal Care Schedule at Isthmus Wellness

First Trimester Prenatal Care (weeks 4-13)

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prenatal care

  • Acupuncture bi-weekly for most clients
  • Acupuncture weekly until heartbeat if IVF or previous miscarriage clients
  • Acupuncture weekly first trimester for repeated miscarriage clients
  • CranioSacral Therapy alternating with acupuncture if headaches, migraines or severe nausea

Second Trimester Prenatal Care (weeks 14-28)

  • Acupuncture weeks 16, 20, 28 for most clients
  • Acupuncture every two-three weeks for repeated miscarriage clients
  • Prenatal massage weeks 14, 18, 22, 24 for most clients
  • Prenatal Maya therapy 28 weeks if baby transverse or breech

Third Trimester Prenatal Care (weeks 29-40)

  • Acupuncture weeks 32, 36, 38, 39. 40
  • Prenatal massage or pregnancy Maya weeks 30, 34, 37, 40

Common Pregnancy Symptoms Treated with Prenatal Acupuncture

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Back pain during pregnancy
  • Constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Heartburn and indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Pregnancy induced hypertension
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Edema and swelling
  • Anemia and low platelets
  • Insomnia and disturbed dreams
  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Itching during pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia
  • Previous pre-term labor

Common Pregnancy Symptoms Supported with Prenatal Massage

  • Back pain, hip pain and sciatica
  • Joint pain and carpal tunnel
  • Swelling and edema
  • Muscle tension and headaches
  • Stress and tension
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Insomnia

Prenatal massage has been proven to reduce time in active labor by an average of three hours and reduce the need for pain medication.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms Supported with Prenatal Maya Therapy

  • Breech presentation
  • Pelvic floor and pubic bone pain
  • Sacrum and tailbone pain
  • Tipped uterus
  • Bladder issues
  • VBAC

Information on our website is not intended to diagnose, treat, or be a substitute for regular prenatal care. We encourage you to discuss all therapies with your primary care doctor before making any changes in your health regimen.

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