19 Nov Can I bring my baby to group acupuncture for pregnancy and postpartum?
Since launching group acupuncture for pregnancy and postpartum, this is the most common question I have been asked. The answer is yes! I want you to get the postpartum care your body needs and if that means getting acupuncture with babe in tow, we will make it work! You just made a human, that is no small feat! You need, and deserve, to be nourished.
Curious how you would manage acupuncture needles and a baby? I use tiny needles on stickers on your arms so they are still free to tend to baby. These needles don’t protrude at all and won’t hurt your baby or bother you when you move around. Any other needles on your head or legs can be quickly removed if baby goes from zero to 60 and you need to get up.
So, if your baby is a pre-crawler that is non-verbal, sleeping or otherwise mellow, feel free to bring him or her along.
Here are a few suggestions to make bringing baby a little easier:
-Fill out your intake paperwork ahead of time if this is your first visit. We don’t want to waste baby’s nap with paperwork when you could be getting a treatment!
-If you have a comfortable carrier, put baby on and head for a short walk around the block before coming in for your treatment. Hopefully, baby will fall asleep on you and you can enhance your acupuncture with that sweet relaxation of a sleeping baby breathing on your chest.
-If you can’t relax with your babe at group acupuncture, ask a friend or family member to give you an hour off. Asking for help is one of the most important things to do postpartum. Motherhood is no joke and we all need time to relax and decompress so we can handle the physical and emotional stress that accompanies parenting.
-Relax! We are all mamas and soon to be mamas. A few baby yelps, poo sounds, or spit ups aren’t going to scare us off.