Acupuncture has gained recognition in contemporary medicine for its benefits during pregnancy. Acupuncture is a safe and effective therapeutic addition during the first trimester of pregnancy because of its ability to alleviate stress. This therapy is particularly advantageous during this foundational period of pregnancy.

This article explores the scientific evidence supporting the safety and efficacy of Acupuncture during the first trimester of pregnancy, focusing on its role in stress reduction.

Safety of Acupuncture During the First Trimester: 

Concerns regarding the safety of Acupuncture during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, are understandable. However, numerous studies have indicated that Acupuncture performed by experienced acupuncturists is safe during all stages of pregnancy, including the first trimester. A systematic review published in Acupuncture in Medicine concluded that Acupuncture is safe when performed by qualified practitioners, with no increased risk of adverse events during early pregnancy. Moreover, Acupuncture is a non-invasive procedure that does not involve the ingestion of medications, making it an attractive option for pregnant individuals seeking drug-free interventions for common pregnancy-related issues such as anxiety, nausea, vomiting, and fatigue.

Efficacy of Acupuncture in Stress Reduction: 

The first trimester of pregnancy is often accompanied by several physical and emotional changes, leading to increased stress and anxiety in many expectant mothers. This Brazilian study concluded that Acupuncture can be a valuable tool in reducing stress during pregnancy, and this Australian study that focused on depression during pregnancy concluded “that Acupuncture may be a suitable additional treatment option for women inadequately managed by or unable to pursue conventional options during the antenatal period. Consequently, Acupuncture may be valuable in narrowing the current treatment gap.”

Why use Acupuncture during your pregnancy? 

Multiple Acupuncture studies affirm the release of endorphins, the body’s natural “feel-good” hormones, which help alleviate anxiety and promote well-being. This mechanism of action makes Acupuncture an appealing option for pregnant women seeking natural stress relief methods without the use of pharmaceuticals.

Clinical Applications and Considerations: 

When considering Acupuncture during the first trimester of pregnancy, consulting with a qualified acupuncturist with experience working with pregnant women is essential. Since 2001, a significant part of our practice at Metro Acupuncture has been working with women who have been diagnosed with infertility. Many of our patients do get pregnant, and most continue their acupuncture treatments during their first trimester.

We use specific acupuncture points during these sessions to address common pregnancy symptoms and promote relaxation. These points may include those known to regulate the nervous system, promote hormonal balance, and alleviate nausea and fatigue. It is important to note that while Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy, there are specific contraindicated acupuncture points that have the potential to induce uterine contractions; we are keenly knowledgeable of those points and don’t use them with our pregnant patients.

Therefore, Metro Acupuncture is an excellent choice for many Atlanta women wanting to incorporate Acupuncture into their prenatal care during their first trimester and throughout their pregnancy. Our years of experience and knowledge about prenatal acupuncture protocols and safety guidelines ensure you will get the care you need during this sacred time.


Acupuncture’s ability to alleviate stress has been well-documented. The first trimester of a pregnancy can be physically and emotionally stressful. We at Metro Acupuncture offer a safe and effective means of addressing common pregnancy-related symptoms and promoting stress reduction during the first trimester. Scientific evidence supports the safety of Acupuncture when performed by qualified practitioners like us at Metro Acupuncture.

If you want to schedule an appointment with us, you can do that here.

We look forward to being a supportive part of your pregnancy.

  • Mark Lewinter, DACM, L.Ac.

    Mark A. Lewinter, DACM, L.Ac. has a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree from Pacific College of Health and Science and a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. His interest in studying East Asian Medicine started at age thirteen when he was diagnosed with cancer. While undergoing chemotherapy, he also incorporated alternative medicine to facilitate his recovery.

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