Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Painful joints and muscles
As a pregnancy progresses, a certain amount of movement is required in the joints of the pregnant mother to make room for a larger baby and to prepare for labour. As the hormone ‘relaxin’ is released by the ovaries and placenta, it relaxes the ligaments of the pelvis and can also loosen up the ligaments of other joints in the body. This creates tension in the tendons and muscles that support the joints as the ligaments loosen up, resulting in muscular pain, typically of the lower and upper back, neck, and hip joints.
At the Maitland Wellness Centre, our acupuncturists and massage therapists are trained in pregnancy acupuncture and massage and are happy to discuss any concerns you may have regarding treatment in this very important time.