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Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

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Acupuncture for pregnancy is a topic of growing interest and research as more individuals explore complementary approaches to support a healthy pregnancy. Let’s talk more about this and what to expect from acupuncture for pregnancy.

Why Сonsider Acupuncture During Pregnancy?

acupuncture while pregnant

Considering acupuncture during pregnancy is a thoughtful choice for expectant mothers seeking a natural and holistic approach to maternal well-being. Acupuncture for pregnancy offers a range of potential benefits, making it an appealing option for those looking to enhance their prenatal experience.

It’s important to consult with a qualified acupuncturist experienced in acupuncture and pregnancy to ensure safe and effective treatment tailored to your specific needs. Overall, acupuncture can be a valuable addition to prenatal care, enhancing the well-being of both the mother and the developing baby.

Benefits of Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture during pregnancy benefits are many, including contributing to the overall well-being of expectant mothers. From relieving aches and pains to postnatal recovery, the use of acupuncture can ensure a healthier and more comfortable journey for both the mother and the developing baby. Here, we describe in detail the various benefits of incorporating acupuncture into pregnancy care.

Relieve Aches and Pains

Acupuncture in pregnancy can effectively relieve aches and pains associated with the physical changes that occur during this time. By targeting specific pregnancy acupuncture points, it can help alleviate discomfort, such as back pain, pelvic pain, and headaches, all of which are common in expectant mothers. This natural approach to pain management is drug-free and can provide significant relief, allowing pregnant individuals to enjoy a more comfortable and pleasant pregnancy.

Reduce Morning Sickness

One of the notable benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy is its ability to reduce morning sickness, a common and often uncomfortable early pregnancy symptom. Acupuncture can help alleviate nausea and vomiting by stimulating specific points on the body. This natural approach is drug-free, making it a safe option for expectant mothers looking to manage morning sickness without medications.

Turn Breech Babies

One of the remarkable acupuncture pregnancy benefits is its potential to help turn breech babies. Moxibustion, a technique often used alongside acupuncture pregnancy, involves burning a specific herb near an acupuncture point on the body, typically the pinky toe. This method may encourage the baby to reposition itself, reducing the likelihood of a breech birth and the need for a cesarean section. While it’s essential to consult with a qualified acupuncturist experienced in prenatal care, this natural and non-invasive approach can be an appealing option for expectant mothers seeking to promote a safer and smoother delivery.

Achieve Restful Sleep

Acupuncture when pregnant can aid in achieving restful sleep, which is particularly valuable for expectant mothers. Pregnancy often brings about hormonal changes, discomfort, and anxiety that can disrupt sleep patterns. Acupuncture helps by promoting relaxation and reducing stress, making it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep.

Ease Labor Pains

Acupuncture during pregnancy not only addresses issues like nausea and back pain but can also play a role in easing labor pains. By targeting special acupuncture points, it can help reduce the intensity of labor contractions, improve cervical dilation, and contribute to an overall more comfortable childbirth.

Postnatal Recovery

Prenatal acupuncture offers benefits that extend into the postnatal phase, aiding in the recovery after childbirth. Postnatal acupuncture sessions can address issues such as fatigue, pain, and emotional adjustments that often accompany the postpartum period. By promoting relaxation, reducing stress, and addressing physical discomfort, acupuncture can assist new mothers in recovering their energy and overall well-being. It can also support hormonal balance, which is important in the postnatal phase. Whether for healing after a C-section, helping with breastfeeding challenges, or aiding in emotional recovery, postnatal acupuncture provides a holistic and natural approach to postpartum recovery.

If you are worried about pregnancy, make an appointment with us!

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?

Acupuncture is generally considered safe during pregnancy when performed by a qualified and experienced practitioner who specializes in prenatal care. Many expectant mothers have turned to acupuncture for its potential benefits for pregnancy, including reducing discomfort, managing symptoms, and promoting overall well-being. However, there are important considerations to keep in mind:

  • First Trimester Caution. While acupuncture in the first trimester is generally safe, some acupoints may be avoided to minimize any potential risks. 
  • Induction Acupuncture. Acupuncture for pregnancy induction should only be performed near or after the due date, as it may stimulate contractions. Induction acupuncture should be conducted under medical supervision.
  • Qualified Practitioner. To ensure safety, always choose a licensed acupuncturist with expertise in prenatal care who can tailor the treatment to your specific needs and pregnancy stage.

Acupuncture can be safe and beneficial during pregnancy when administered by a qualified practitioner. It’s essential to communicate openly with your healthcare provider, and to choose a practitioner experienced in prenatal acupuncture to ensure a safe and effective experience.

Acupuncture During Pregnancy at Pulse Acupuncture

At Pulse Acupuncture, we offer acupuncture during pregnancy to provide expectant mothers with the numerous benefits it can offer during this special time. Our experienced acupuncturist specializes in prenatal care, ensuring that you receive the safest and most effective treatment.

Acupuncture benefits for pregnancy at our center include a range of advantages, such as relief from common discomforts like nausea, back pain, and morning sickness. We understand the importance of tailoring treatments to your specific needs and stage of pregnancy, promoting relaxation and enhancing overall well-being.

Safety is a top priority. Our acupuncturist is well-versed in the acupuncture points to avoid during pregnancy to minimize any potential risks. Your health and the health of your developing baby are our primary concern, and we work closely with you to create a personalized treatment plan that prioritizes your comfort and safety.

Acupuncture During Pregnancy
  • Marina Doktorman

    Marina Doktorman, M.S., L.Ac., is an experienced acupuncturist who obtained her Masters of Acupuncture from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York City in 2001. During her studies, she focused on Chinese Herbology, a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that utilizes herbs to complement acupuncture treatments. Marina is licensed in both New York (NY) and New Jersey (NJ) and holds a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), indicating her expertise in the field.

Why Pulse Acupuncture?

Experience

Marina Doktorman, L.Ac. has over 20 years of clinical experience.

RELAXATION

At Pulse Acupuncture, we aim to cultivate a spa-like environment. 

Comfort

All of our needles are of the highest quality for painless insertion. 

Patient Reviews in Brooklyn

Lindsay AndrettaLindsay Andretta
19:27 16 May 24
Nancy SuperNancy Super
23:33 19 Jan 24
Dr. Marina Doktorman is sweet and amazing at what she does. I feel very comfortable with her and her practice is very clean and spa-like. I’ve been coming weekly for a month and noticed changes in my wellbeing. Using acupuncture she’s able to regulate my hormones, unblock my chakras, and overall improve my wellbeing. I love it and will continue weekly or biweekly treatments as long as my insurance is covered. I highly recommend her to anyone who is new to it or interested in acupuncture treatment. It’s very calming and relaxing!
Amanda ThurstonAmanda Thurston
15:41 10 Jan 24
Marina is the best acupuncturist I’ve been to. Expect a full service experience that changes with your needs whether you express them or aren’t sure what you need that day. (Marina is super intuitive and adjusts treatment accordingly!) Highly recommend going here, you’ll feel better mentally and physically as soon as you’re walking out!
Jen JefferiesJen Jefferies
15:46 04 Jan 24
Highly recommend! I have been to quite a few acupuncturists over the years and Pulse is by far my favorite and the most attentive. It is a full service of treating my back, front body and cupping (it does not feel rushed). I suffer from chronic neck pain from an old injury and go for postpartum symptoms relief. I always feel better after leaving. The office is beautiful and calming as well.
Marina relieved my back pain after just a couple of visits. I had been suffering for months and her method of treatments proved to be successful. As a doctor myself I can say that she has great bedside manner as well.
Gloria AlpGloria Alp
17:42 23 Dec 23
Great place to be! Amazing experience!
Noemie AudibertNoemie Audibert
16:16 07 Dec 23
Marina is a great acupuncturist. She is very gentle, professional and caring. I’ve been seeing her on a weekly basis for over a month now to deal with severe fatigue and stress, and in no time the sessions have taken effect. I feel more centered, calm and filled of positive energy. I no longer suffer from insomnia, dizziness or intense anxiety. The practice where she receive appointments in Williamsburg is very nice, clean and comfortable that makes sessions very pleasant and relaxing. I’m very grateful to Marina for her care. Finally, she is very flexible for appointments and can even see a patient in the evening which is very convenient. I highly recommend her.
Kazue AnanKazue Anan
23:22 05 Oct 23
Elena SolntsevaElena Solntseva
21:26 05 Oct 23
To understand what I'm talking about, you have to try it for yourself.After 10 minutes of the procedure, you get into a different reality. Marina is knowledgeable, answers all the questions. After the procedure, the skin of the face glows, the body becomes lighter by a couple of pounds. I've been looking for such a procedure and state of mind for a long time.
ElanaElana
02:39 23 Sep 23
Pulse Acupuncture is exactly what I’ve been looking for to treat my migraines! Marina is knowledgeable, professional, asks probing questions and does fire cupping! She also has a very serene and clean office that makes me feel so relaxed and I never feel rushed during my sessions. Marina is truly incredible - her treatments help me mitigate migraines and I highly recommend her for any acupuncture/holistic health needs!! (I’ve tried other practitioners in the area and none have compared to Marina’s experience and professionalism.)
Irina KozinaIrina Kozina
13:59 10 Sep 23
I used acupuncture for low back and SI joint pain. I have a chronic condition. After the 1st treatment pain reduced by 75%. I am very happy with the results. I'm coming back. Thank you!
Michael SchimleyMichael Schimley
16:26 23 Aug 23
I found Marina while I was experiencing horrible lower back pain and her treatments got me back to my normal self quickly. Her office is beautiful, clean and welcoming. I will be going back regularly for routine maintenance and stress relief.
Sophia FSophia F
08:41 03 Aug 23
Very happy that my friend recommended Pulse Acupuncture Williamsburg Brooklyn to me! Marina Doktorman is such a professional acupuncturist! It was my first time trying acupuncture and I fell in love with it, I felt younger and lighter after my acupuncture session! I recommend to everyone!!!
Helen ShinHelen Shin
21:24 01 Aug 23
Marina healed me with the best acupuncture in Williamsburg. My shoulders and traps was intensely in pain to the point it gave me a headache but Pulse Acupuncture relieved my pain. Marina's technique is so effective and relaxing. The space is also beautiful and luxurious and you can also get a massage with Maria who's also AMAZING. I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg 🙂
Ellen LeybengrubEllen Leybengrub
02:24 28 Jul 23
Marina Doktorman is very knowledgeable, skilled, and caring, with many years of experience. Excellent location. Beautiful brand new office.
Felix LanFelix Lan
21:48 25 Jul 23
Super pleased with my first appointment. Marina is very kind, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
Amanda PagulAmanda Pagul
23:30 17 Jul 23
Evgenia VlasovaEvgenia Vlasova
23:32 29 Jun 23
When I first came to Marina, I felt constant pressure in my lower back, tension in my upper back and lack of energy. During the first session I could literally feel something shifting inside in those areas she was working on. Her touch was so gentle that I didn’t even feel the needles go in. The time stopped, I was relaxed, calm and peaceful. Besides acupuncture I had some cupping done as well. The cups relieved a great deal of pressure from my upper and lower back. After the session I immediately felt the effect. Have my next session scheduled for next week. I would definitely recommend Marina to those seeking holistic ways to deal with muscle, spine, and pain issues. She is a miracle worker!
Taisiya PokrovskayaTaisiya Pokrovskaya
21:00 13 Jun 23
I felt relief after the first session with Marina Doktorman. Marina is a caring practitioner that establishes a connection with her clients and always ensures a comfortable environment. After doing acupuncture, heat therapy, and cupping with her, I felt instant relief and relaxation. In addition, Marina’s treatment helped me feel relief from neck and back pain, as well as to feel grounded and connected to my body. I would highly recommend Marina to anyone.
Alex livsonAlex livson
18:49 06 Jun 23
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and professional. They helped me a lot. Strongly recommend. Went to other offices, but this one is truly the best!
maya grablermaya grabler
23:28 04 Jun 23
I’m getting acupuncture for allergies and impressed by the results! I’m no longer congested, no teary eyes. It’s just incredible! Im used to getting allergy shots before. No more. It’s unbelievable! The treatment is relaxing and very effective! My headaches are gone too! I really recommend Marina Doktorman at Pulse Acupuncture!
Leon RavLeon Rav
16:25 15 Apr 23
I’ve had great acupuncture experience at Pulse Acupuncture. Marina was able to fix my neck strain in just one treatment. It was not painful and actually very relaxing. Cupping and massage followed after acupuncture session. This was the most relief I’ve had in a long time. Loved the healing vibe of this beautiful studio.
The -W-omenThe -W-omen
01:06 07 Apr 23
I recently visited Pulse Acupuncture to seek relief for my lower back pain, and I am thrilled with the results I achieved through Marina's skillful treatment. After just a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in my pain levels and overall mobility.I am beyond grateful to Marina, because after trying so many things, I almost lost hope. highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone seeking relief from pain or other health concerns.
Mark PlesserMark Plesser
00:58 07 Apr 23
I have been visiting Pulse Acupuncture for several months now, and I have consistently received excellent service from Marina. Her expertise in acupuncture and holistic healing is unmatched, and she always takes the time to listen to my concerns and provide personalized recommendations.The acupuncture sessions themselves are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. Marina's gentle touch and precise needle placement always leave me feeling calm and rejuvenated. She also incorporates other techniques, such as cupping, which have been very beneficial for my overall health and wellbeing.In addition to her skill as an acupuncturist, Marina is also a wonderful person to work with. She is warm, friendly, and genuinely cares about her clients' wellbeing. I always leave our sessions feeling refreshed and uplifted, both physically and mentally.Overall, I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone looking for high-quality acupuncture and personalized care. Thank you, Marina, for your exceptional service and dedication to helping others achieve optimal health!
Miha haMiha ha
18:35 27 Mar 23
Lindsay AndrettaLindsay Andretta
19:27 16 May 24
Nancy SuperNancy Super
23:33 19 Jan 24
Dr. Marina Doktorman is sweet and amazing at what she does. I feel very comfortable with her and her practice is very clean and spa-like. I’ve been coming weekly for a month and noticed changes in my wellbeing. Using acupuncture she’s able to regulate my hormones, unblock my chakras, and overall improve my wellbeing. I love it and will continue weekly or biweekly treatments as long as my insurance is covered. I highly recommend her to anyone who is new to it or interested in acupuncture treatment. It’s very calming and relaxing!
Amanda ThurstonAmanda Thurston
15:41 10 Jan 24
Marina is the best acupuncturist I’ve been to. Expect a full service experience that changes with your needs whether you express them or aren’t sure what you need that day. (Marina is super intuitive and adjusts treatment accordingly!) Highly recommend going here, you’ll feel better mentally and physically as soon as you’re walking out!
Jen JefferiesJen Jefferies
15:46 04 Jan 24
Highly recommend! I have been to quite a few acupuncturists over the years and Pulse is by far my favorite and the most attentive. It is a full service of treating my back, front body and cupping (it does not feel rushed). I suffer from chronic neck pain from an old injury and go for postpartum symptoms relief. I always feel better after leaving. The office is beautiful and calming as well.
Marina relieved my back pain after just a couple of visits. I had been suffering for months and her method of treatments proved to be successful. As a doctor myself I can say that she has great bedside manner as well.
Gloria AlpGloria Alp
17:42 23 Dec 23
Great place to be! Amazing experience!
Noemie AudibertNoemie Audibert
16:16 07 Dec 23
Marina is a great acupuncturist. She is very gentle, professional and caring. I’ve been seeing her on a weekly basis for over a month now to deal with severe fatigue and stress, and in no time the sessions have taken effect. I feel more centered, calm and filled of positive energy. I no longer suffer from insomnia, dizziness or intense anxiety. The practice where she receive appointments in Williamsburg is very nice, clean and comfortable that makes sessions very pleasant and relaxing. I’m very grateful to Marina for her care. Finally, she is very flexible for appointments and can even see a patient in the evening which is very convenient. I highly recommend her.
Kazue AnanKazue Anan
23:22 05 Oct 23
Elena SolntsevaElena Solntseva
21:26 05 Oct 23
To understand what I'm talking about, you have to try it for yourself.After 10 minutes of the procedure, you get into a different reality. Marina is knowledgeable, answers all the questions. After the procedure, the skin of the face glows, the body becomes lighter by a couple of pounds. I've been looking for such a procedure and state of mind for a long time.
ElanaElana
02:39 23 Sep 23
Pulse Acupuncture is exactly what I’ve been looking for to treat my migraines! Marina is knowledgeable, professional, asks probing questions and does fire cupping! She also has a very serene and clean office that makes me feel so relaxed and I never feel rushed during my sessions. Marina is truly incredible - her treatments help me mitigate migraines and I highly recommend her for any acupuncture/holistic health needs!! (I’ve tried other practitioners in the area and none have compared to Marina’s experience and professionalism.)
Irina KozinaIrina Kozina
13:59 10 Sep 23
I used acupuncture for low back and SI joint pain. I have a chronic condition. After the 1st treatment pain reduced by 75%. I am very happy with the results. I'm coming back. Thank you!
Michael SchimleyMichael Schimley
16:26 23 Aug 23
I found Marina while I was experiencing horrible lower back pain and her treatments got me back to my normal self quickly. Her office is beautiful, clean and welcoming. I will be going back regularly for routine maintenance and stress relief.
Sophia FSophia F
08:41 03 Aug 23
Very happy that my friend recommended Pulse Acupuncture Williamsburg Brooklyn to me! Marina Doktorman is such a professional acupuncturist! It was my first time trying acupuncture and I fell in love with it, I felt younger and lighter after my acupuncture session! I recommend to everyone!!!
Helen ShinHelen Shin
21:24 01 Aug 23
Marina healed me with the best acupuncture in Williamsburg. My shoulders and traps was intensely in pain to the point it gave me a headache but Pulse Acupuncture relieved my pain. Marina's technique is so effective and relaxing. The space is also beautiful and luxurious and you can also get a massage with Maria who's also AMAZING. I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture in Williamsburg 🙂
Ellen LeybengrubEllen Leybengrub
02:24 28 Jul 23
Marina Doktorman is very knowledgeable, skilled, and caring, with many years of experience. Excellent location. Beautiful brand new office.
Felix LanFelix Lan
21:48 25 Jul 23
Super pleased with my first appointment. Marina is very kind, knowledgeable and professional. Highly recommend.
Amanda PagulAmanda Pagul
23:30 17 Jul 23
Evgenia VlasovaEvgenia Vlasova
23:32 29 Jun 23
When I first came to Marina, I felt constant pressure in my lower back, tension in my upper back and lack of energy. During the first session I could literally feel something shifting inside in those areas she was working on. Her touch was so gentle that I didn’t even feel the needles go in. The time stopped, I was relaxed, calm and peaceful. Besides acupuncture I had some cupping done as well. The cups relieved a great deal of pressure from my upper and lower back. After the session I immediately felt the effect. Have my next session scheduled for next week. I would definitely recommend Marina to those seeking holistic ways to deal with muscle, spine, and pain issues. She is a miracle worker!
Taisiya PokrovskayaTaisiya Pokrovskaya
21:00 13 Jun 23
I felt relief after the first session with Marina Doktorman. Marina is a caring practitioner that establishes a connection with her clients and always ensures a comfortable environment. After doing acupuncture, heat therapy, and cupping with her, I felt instant relief and relaxation. In addition, Marina’s treatment helped me feel relief from neck and back pain, as well as to feel grounded and connected to my body. I would highly recommend Marina to anyone.
Alex livsonAlex livson
18:49 06 Jun 23
Excellent service, very knowledgeable and professional. They helped me a lot. Strongly recommend. Went to other offices, but this one is truly the best!
maya grablermaya grabler
23:28 04 Jun 23
I’m getting acupuncture for allergies and impressed by the results! I’m no longer congested, no teary eyes. It’s just incredible! Im used to getting allergy shots before. No more. It’s unbelievable! The treatment is relaxing and very effective! My headaches are gone too! I really recommend Marina Doktorman at Pulse Acupuncture!
Leon RavLeon Rav
16:25 15 Apr 23
I’ve had great acupuncture experience at Pulse Acupuncture. Marina was able to fix my neck strain in just one treatment. It was not painful and actually very relaxing. Cupping and massage followed after acupuncture session. This was the most relief I’ve had in a long time. Loved the healing vibe of this beautiful studio.
The -W-omenThe -W-omen
01:06 07 Apr 23
I recently visited Pulse Acupuncture to seek relief for my lower back pain, and I am thrilled with the results I achieved through Marina's skillful treatment. After just a few sessions, I noticed a significant improvement in my pain levels and overall mobility.I am beyond grateful to Marina, because after trying so many things, I almost lost hope. highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone seeking relief from pain or other health concerns.
Mark PlesserMark Plesser
00:58 07 Apr 23
I have been visiting Pulse Acupuncture for several months now, and I have consistently received excellent service from Marina. Her expertise in acupuncture and holistic healing is unmatched, and she always takes the time to listen to my concerns and provide personalized recommendations.The acupuncture sessions themselves are incredibly relaxing and therapeutic. Marina's gentle touch and precise needle placement always leave me feeling calm and rejuvenated. She also incorporates other techniques, such as cupping, which have been very beneficial for my overall health and wellbeing.In addition to her skill as an acupuncturist, Marina is also a wonderful person to work with. She is warm, friendly, and genuinely cares about her clients' wellbeing. I always leave our sessions feeling refreshed and uplifted, both physically and mentally.Overall, I highly recommend Pulse Acupuncture and Marina for anyone looking for high-quality acupuncture and personalized care. Thank you, Marina, for your exceptional service and dedication to helping others achieve optimal health!
Miha haMiha ha
18:35 27 Mar 23
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Pregnancy Acupuncture - FAQ

Acupuncture during pregnancy aims to support the well-being of both the mother and the growing baby. It can help alleviate common pregnancy symptoms, promote relaxation, balance energy flow, and prepare the body for labor.

When performed by a trained and licensed acupuncturist experienced in pregnancy care, acupuncture is generally considered safe. However, certain acupuncture points are traditionally avoided during pregnancy as they might stimulate uterine contractions or induce labor.

Absolutely. Back pain is a common complaint during pregnancy due to the increasing weight of the growing baby and changes in posture. Acupuncture can help alleviate this discomfort by reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles, and promoting overall balance.

The frequency can vary based on individual needs and the stage of pregnancy. Some might benefit from weekly sessions, especially during the first trimester or the weeks leading up to labor, while others may choose bi-weekly or monthly sessions.

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Acupuncture therapy at Pulse Acupuncture Practice, at Clifton, NJ and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NYC offers unique combination of various cupuncture types for healing on all levels: emotional, spiritual and physical by integrating ancient wisdom of energy healing with modern acupuncture techniques. 

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