ACUPUNCTURE FOR FERTILITY
Whether you’ve had a hard time getting pregnant, are undergoing IVF, or simply would like to boost your overall wellness before trying to conceive, this is a great time for acupuncture. I provide acupuncture treatments and herbal formulas that will nourish you as you embark into pregnancy and motherhood. I also work with couples and treat male infertility to promote conception.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR PREGNANCY
I work in conjunction with your OBGYN or midwife to support your overall health during pregnancy. Your body is working overtime, and it is a great time to invest in your well-being. Your postpartum self will thank you.
Below are some of the possible areas we can address throughout your pregnancy:
FIRST TRIMESTER TREATMENTS:
Support healthy implantation and development, manage morning sickness, nausea and energy levels.
SECOND TRIMESTER TREATMENTS:
Support your overall vital health and your growing healthy baby, manage aches and pains as your belly grows.
THIRD TRIMESTER TREATMENTS:
Fine-tune your birthing plan, stay comfortable in your body, manage swelling, alleviate potential third trimester complications, and prepare for and begin the labor process.
I never had cramps my life until a year ago. They were so bad I thought I had endometriosis or something seriously wrong. After undergoing a round of ultrasounds with no abnormalities and an "it is what it is" diagnosis from my OB, I knew I needed a better path forward. After seeing Abby consistently for 2 months, my cramps completely dissipated. I have now been working with Abby for 6 months and I have been cramp free and have had a significant reduction in migraines overall. I couldn't imagine keeping up with my lifestyle as a constantly traveling career gal without her intervention.
Prior to seeing Abby, I had not had a normal period since I was about 15. And when I came to her, I had not menstruated in six months. I got my period about a week after our first session. Ever since, I have gotten my period without fail every 28-30 days.
A few years ago I started feeling more emotional and had more pain before and during my menstrual cycle. I had never had to take painkillers to cope with the pain, but I know so many women who do, so I thought it was normal. Working with Abby has completely removed my pain and mood changes. I can’t tell you how empowering it is to not blame your period for your feelings.
As I approach my mid 50’s, I have begun to have pre-menopausal signs. Sometimes, I came to Abby feeling bloated and concerned that I’ll skip another period. And for each time I came in feeling that way, I left feeling less bloated and I inevitably got my period within a few days after the session. This is great, but the other real win is the ease I am now starting to feel around the shift. Thanks to Abby’s encouragement, I don’t feel much, if any, anxiety leading up to this new phase of life.
ACUPUNCTURE FOR MENSTRUAL HEALTH
Women are given a great gift: the ability to give life. With this comes menstruation. Menstruation is often misconstrued as a total nuisance when it comes in the form of a painful or dysfunctional menstrual cycle. Women have been conditioned to think this is just the way it is, that it’s normal to suffer every month. In fact, painful periods are actually a sign of imbalance.
Many women are prescribed a one-size-fits-all treatment: hormonal birth control to manage any kind of painful or dysfunctional period (no period, early, late or irregular periods, extreme premenstrual symptoms, PCOS, heavy bleeding, etc.) Many women also depend on over-the-counter and/or prescription painkillers to manage their monthly cycle and are often unaware of other treatment modalities outside of hormonal intervention.
The good news is that Chinese medicine has been effectively treating and harmonizing women’s cycles for thousands of years through acupuncture, herbs, food, and lifestyle. Just because you are a woman does not inherently mean you must suffer every month. Often menstrual disharmony leads to suboptimal fertility. Whether you want to balance your hormones, have pain-free periods, or are trying to conceive, I can help you harmonize your body naturally and honor this sacred gift.