Pregnancy

Acupuncture

Acupuncture and massage offer women a drug-free alternative to managing their health and well-being during pregnancy. Acupuncture and massage can promote the proper flow of blood during pregnancy, and it can help quell pregnancy pain or discomfort such as pelvic pain, lower back pain, morning sickness and nausea.

Acupuncture can ease the labour process and prevent the need for further medical intervention. It can also stimulate and regulate the body’s hormones, like oxytocin and other endorphins.

And while acupuncture is a safe, natural, and reliable form of healthcare, a healthy pregnancy also depends on adequate rest, a suitable diet, and emotional well-being. That’s why we also offer individualized treatments that promote overall pregnancy health while encouraging women to maintain a regular relationship with their midwives or OB/GYNs.

Pregnancy Program

Pregnancy acupuncture is part of Whole Family Health’s Pregnancy Program and designed to compliment the care that you are already receiving from your obstetrician. We are here to guide, comfort, and support you through each trimester.

We understand that your goal is to have a happy and healthy pregnancy! Pregnancy acupuncture aids in pain relief, miscarriage prevention, labour preparation, induction, a calm emotional state and good health in general. Using pregnancy acupuncture, we can even help properly position your baby to avoid or remedy breech presentation.

Once you are pregnant, pregnancy acupuncture treatments will take place regularly. As well as helping you have a healthy delivery and preventing pregnancy loss, pregnancy acupuncture offers relief from:

Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy is also effective in helping to turn breech babies. Acupuncture treatments in the last couple weeks leading up to your due date can also help help make labour easier and less painful.

Postnatal Acupuncture

Being a new mom can be exhausting and we can provide acupuncture and herbal treatments to help regain your energy and strength.

Acupuncture helps rebalance, restore, and replenish the body after giving birth, thereby enhancing the health of both mother and child. It is especially helpful for women experiencing postpartum depression, anxiety, insomnia, low breast milk production, and blocked milk duct or mastitis.

While acupuncture is a safe, natural, and reliable form of healthcare, a healthy postpartum experience also depends on adequate rest, a suitable diet, and emotional well-being.

Some of the ailments we can aid you with include:

  • Painful breasts
  • Back pain
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Constipation
  • Mastitis

Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is a non-invasive, drug-free alternative that helps women manage common pregnancy conditions and improve their total health and well-being, as well as the health of the baby.

Massage is safe for pregnancy. It provides relief from sinus congestion, breast soreness, leg cramps, edema or swelling, fatigue, headaches, insomnia, sciatica, varicose veins, abdominal pressure, anemia, nausea, carpal tunnel and thoracic outlet syndrome, and numbness or paralysis.

We offer massage throughout the entire gestational period but customize treatment plans and schedules to suit your individual needs.

Induction Massage

Induction massage can increase the hormones that enable the body to naturally begin the labouring process. It is used if you are past your due date or have a planned medical induction.

Combining relaxation massage, acupressure, and shiatsu techniques, induction massage can significantly shorten the time between the due date and delivery time. After the treatment, you will receive instruction on how to self-administer acupressure to certain points to further stimulate the induction process and shorten labour time once labour has begun.

Postnatal Massage

Postnatal massage helps repair and rebalance the body after giving birth. It can alleviate muscular discomforts created by pregnancy, delivery, and adapting to motherhood.

Postnatal massage has many benefits. It is helpful in reducing anxiety, stress, and insomnia, and can be very beneficial for women experiencing postpartum depression. Massage also helps increase milk production and relieve discomforts from mastitis and blocked milk ducts. We offer postnatal massage in our facility. Private classes teaching partners the techniques to safely massage at home are also available.

Massage helps to repair and rebalance the body. Massage helps alleviate muscular discomforts from pregnancy, delivery and the adaptations to motherhood. It is helpful in reducing anxiety, stress and insomnia, and can be very helpful for women experiencing postpartum depression.

We offer individualized treatments that promote overall postpartum health while encouraging women to maintain a regular relationship with their family doctors.

Nutrition

A healthy balanced meal is important throughout a woman’s entire life but it is particularly important while she is pregnant. This is because what she eats is not only going nourish her but also the life that is growing inside her. As a result it is a good time to re-evaluate eating habits and dietary issues.

In order to aid you in your quest for proper nutrition we may suggest certain vitamins, consistent meal times, and different types of foods.

It is also, very important to maintain a healthy diet after your baby is born. This is because your body needs those nutrients from whole foods in order to properly heal and recover from the nine months it primarily focused on caring and nourishing your baby. Also, some foods can actually aid in times of need. For example, Aduki beans can actually promote milk production after a woman has given birth.

What you eat after pregnancy plays a vital role in maintaining emotional and physical balance and nourishment for you and your baby. Eating a nutrient-rich diet increases your energy and blood production, and translates into better and more nutrient-rich milk for your baby.

Prenatal Yoga

Prenatal Yoga is beneficial for expecting mothers at any stage in their pregnancy. During pregnancy the body goes through major changes in a short period of time to help compensate for the life growing within us. Yoga helps with these changes as it stretches, lengthens and releases those areas in the body that experience the most demand during the entire nine months. It helps to reduce the pain in the shoulders, lower back (including Sciatica), hips, and legs as well as helps in preparing your body for birth.

This class offers an opportunity to unite with your baby through your breath work and a gentle asana practice. Yoga offers you the opportunity to relax and strengthen your body as you nourish your baby through all phases of the journey you share together.