A Holistic Approach to Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Care
Giving birth and the weeks that follow are filled with significant physical and emotional changes. We’re here to help you navigate those changes in the smoothest way possible.
Support for All Stages of Pregnancy
Prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum care is all about ensuring the mom (you!) and your baby are as healthy as possible. We address all aspects of your wellbeing, extending from your physical health to your emotional and mental health as well. We are here to support you and be your partners during pregnancy, birth, and after you give birth.
Our Holistic Approach to Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Care
We are here to improve the health and wellbeing of every person that walks through our doors. We do this by treating each patient with respect, listening to each person’s journey, and working with them to create a treatment plan that is tailored specifically to them. Our holistic approach appreciates that each person is unique and therefore deserves a treatment plan that addresses the whole person.
To treat those seeking support for prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum care we’ll recommend using one type of treatment or a combination of several including acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, nutrition, vitamins, and supplements.
Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Care We Can Provide
The time before giving birth and the weeks after are filled with significant physical and emotional changes. We are here to help you navigate those changes in the smoothest way possible by helping reduce negative pregnancy and postpartum symptoms such as stress, nausea, irregular sleeping patterns, anxiety, and any pain. We’ll create a treatment plan that is suited to you so you can have a healthy, happy pre and perinatal experience.
We treat a wide range of symptoms related to prenatal, perinatal, and postpartum care, including:
- Morning Sickness
- Pregnancy Fatigue
- Pregnancy Insomnia
- Carpal Tunnel During Pregnancy
- Back, joint, and pelvic pain
- Headaches During Pregnancy
- Pregnancy Anxiety
- Breech presentation
- Labor preparation and support
- Labor induction
- Birth recovery
- Postpartum depression
- Lactation support
How We Support Your Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Care
We are here to work with you to improve your overall health during these periods of motherhood. We’ll help you navigate the emotional and physical changes that you experience and naturally restore balance.
Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Acupuncture
Acupuncture is used to support the overall health of both you and your baby. It’s used to bring relief from any negative symptoms experienced during pregnancy and help provide a healing recovery after giving birth. Treatments during the prenatal stage can help mothers feel less stress, pain, and nausea, improve sleep, and boost energy levels. Acupuncture treatments during the perinatal stage, beginning around 22 weeks of pregnancy, also help in those same ways, but also address breech presentation, provide labor preparation support and induction, support birth recovery, help with postpartum depression, and support lactation.
You can begin acupuncture treatment at any time, but it is recommended you start as soon as you learn that you are pregnant. To get the full benefits of acupuncture, sessions can either be once per week or every other week. However, some conditions, such as breech or labor induction, may require multiple sessions per week.
Treatments will adapt to address the changes that each trimester brings. During the first and second trimesters, patients can expect to have acupuncture needles placed in several places all over your body. During the third trimester, needles are generally only placed on the head, neck, back, arms, and legs.
Herbal Medicine for Prenatal, Perinatal, and Postpartum Care
Your body is going through many changes during pregnancy and will require different levels of vitamins and minerals to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. While prenatal herbs during pregnancy are not required, we always recommend a prenatal vitamin. There are also some formulas that can help reduce negative symptoms brought on by pregnancy, such as nausea and breakthrough bleeding. Prenatal herbal support is also used to prevent pregnancy loss due to threatened miscarriage.
Helping You Maintain Good Health During Your Pregnancy
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Prenatal Health Care?
Prenatal health care is the medical support you and your baby receive during pregnancy. It starts as soon as you are pregnant (or even during the conception period) and continues until you give birth. During this time, the health of you and your baby will be monitored through various screenings and tests. Depending on you and your baby’s needs, you may need to adjust your lifestyle, including sleeping habits, diet, and stress-related activities.
Why Is Prenatal Care Important?
Receiving prenatal care is important so you and your baby stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy. Regular checks will ensure the baby’s development is on-track and bring attention to any potential problems during pregnancy.
What is Perinatal Care?
Perinatal care begins at the end of 22 weeks of pregnancy and extends to after your baby’s birth. This time period is focused on addressing any health issues detected during pregnancy. A mother’s perinatal care includes support for health issues affecting the mother that begin during the second and third trimester such as fatigue, headaches, back and joint pain. It also includes treating late stage pregnancy and postpartum issues such as helping promote the onset of labor, reducing pain during delivery, postpartum depression, and lactation support.
Why is Perinatal Care Important?
Perinatal care is important for the continued health of you and the baby. This is a time to focus on overall health – the physical, mental, and emotional stresses that are brought on by pregnancy and giving birth.
Perinatal care can address physical issues that commonly appear during the second and third trimester, such as fatigue, headaches, back and joint pain. It also includes late stage pregnancy and postpartum issues such as helping promote the onset of labor, reducing pain during delivery, postpartum depression, and lactation support.
Perinatal vs Prenatal
What is the difference between perinatal and prenatal care? Prenatal care can start before conception or when you become pregnant and extends into pregnancy. This time is for monitoring the health of both you and the baby. It’s important to attend regular checkups and address any needed changes, such as changes to sleep habits, diet, medications, and any other lifestyle changes.
Perinatal care overlaps with prenatal care, but focuses on the later stages of pregnancy starting at 22 weeks and extending until after giving birth. This is a time when health issues that might occur during these later stages of pregnancy are addressed. This care concentrates on every aspect of your health during pregnancy, while giving birth, and after giving birth.
What To Expect
You can expect to find a partner in your health journey.
At Transformational Acupuncture, we strive to provide a welcoming environment to each and every patient. We understand traditional healthcare can make some wary of seeking help, even if it’s for the betterment of their health. That’s why we take a holistic approach when treating each person. You will be listened to, treated with respect, and be seen as a true partner in your own health journey.
At the beginning of your treatment you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we’ll discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we’ll create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.
Your Patient Journey
At the beginning of your treatment, you’ll be asked some basic questions so we can establish a good baseline. From there we will discuss your specific needs and issues. After hearing from you, we will create a holistic plan that is designed to help you live the balanced, healthy life you deserve.
Learn more about your complete patient journey.
Get Started Today
Begin your holistic health journey by scheduling an appointment today. Schedule online or give us a call at (202) 297-7404.
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