Complementary Care During Your Pregnancy
Pregnancy is an opportunity to deepen your connection with your body and your baby. Your primary care provider who will assist you during the birth of your baby can only do so much to help you to prepare for your birth. It is up to you to take responsibility for your health and to identify both your needs and the providers who can help with those needs.
There are a whole range of complementary care providers who can assist you in creating the healthiest pregnancy and prepare you for your best birth. These care providers can help you strengthen your body and your mind to prepare you for the challenges of labor, birth, and motherhood. We have listed the most common ones below.
Remember, no one is the authority on your body, your pregnancy, and your birth but you. It is up to you to establish an ongoing connection to your body and soul and identify what will support you best on your journey.
Acupuncture is centered around the principle that there are energetic pathways in the body that effect internal structures and organs. Acupuncture points are places on the body in which energy from the pathways surface. Acupuncture itself is the practice of inserting exceedingly fine needles into the acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s healing abilities. During and after pregnancy, acupuncture may be used to treat or relieve some of the various issues faced by pregnant women. [learn more]
Bodywork such as prenatal massage, abdominal massage, and craniosacral therapy during pregnancy can help reduce and relieve pain, discomfort, stress, nausea, and other symptoms of pregnancy. It may also be used to help position the fetus before birth. [learn more]
If you plan to, or are considering breastfeeding your baby, you may consider meeting with a lactation consultant before the birth of your child to help prepare yourself. Breastfeeding support may include Breastfeeding Counselors or Lactation consultants. These professionals can help guide and coach you through the breastfeeding process, which can provide essential nutrition to your newborn. [learn more]
Chiropractic care promotes alignment of the spine, pelvis, and other muscle/bone groups without the use of drugs or surgery. It can be useful during pregnancy as a means of aligning the pelvis and lower back and relieving pain. [learn more]
A doula will aid the mother through pregnancy, labor, and beyond by providing emotional support and physical comfort. The doula does not provide any medical care. [learn more]
Techniques like Yoga, Pilates, and others can help keep your body in shape and feeling good during your pregnancy. Often these routines can be modified to accommodate pregnant bodies. [learn more]
Herbalism is traditional medicine based on the use of plants and plant extracts. During pregnancy, herbalistic practices may provide concentrated nutrition and preventative care. [learn more]
Homeopathic treatments are highly diluted substances that can be taken to boost overall physical health and relieve minor symptoms such as nausea and constipation during pregnancy. [learn more]
Naturopathy is an alternative medical system that focuses on the body’s ability to heal itself. During pregnancy, it offers a holistic approach to treating pain and stress as well as natural forms of cleansing and preparing the body for childbirth. [learn more]
Nutritional counselors can help you learn to prepare healthy and balanced meals during and after your pregnancy, and may assist in preparing such meals for you. [learn more]
Osteopathic medicine is a holistic approach to the body that may be used to treat or prevent pain and nausea during pregnancy. [learn more]
Some expectant parents choose to look into parenting classes before the birth of their child. Classes are available to provide you with information about caring for your newborn and empower you with knowledge and confidence before your baby arrives. [learn more]
Alice laboring in shower © Shara Frederick