Acupuncture treats Pregnancy / Prenatal / Postpartum conditions
Traditional Chinese Medicine can provide a safe, natural, and effective solution for a variety of conditions that may arise during and after pregnancy.
Additionally, acupuncture is typically painless, pleasant and relaxing.
If you are interested in treatment for labor preparation or labor initiation, call 339-221-3132 to learn more.
For over 20 years, Lisa has specialized in the treatment of pregnancy-related conditions with acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. She is a pioneer in this area of specialization. Her focus grew organically through the women who came to her seeking solutions for pregancy-related conditions in the early years of her practice.
The following pregnancy / prenatal / postpartum conditions listed below can be effectively resolved with acupuncture.
Click on a condition to learn more.
Headaches, labor induction, sinus/ear infection: Excellent, effective, intuitive help when you need it. I have been to see Lisa for 3 separate situations. In all three cases, she was caring, professional, and her treatments worked.
I first went to see Lisa several years ago when I was in my third trimester of pregnancy and a full-time graduate student. I started to have headaches and was extremely exhausted all of the time. I wanted to avoid taking medication. After just two treatments my symptoms improved. After four treatments, they were completely gone and I was able to finish my semester.
At the end of my pregnancy I was past my due date and was told by my doctor that I needed to induce labor. I went to see Lisa for just one treatment to help bring labor on. That same night I went into labor and was able to deliver safely without any medical interventions.
The past year I suffered from extreme allergies, which lead to a sinus/ear infection. I went to see Lisa for 5 treatments which relieved my ear pain and all of my allergy symptoms.
I wholeheartedly recommend Middle Path Acupuncture. Unlike other acupuncture centers, she does not prescribe on-going treatments, rather she finds a way to help you in just a few treatments. Lisa is a master of her craft and a rare find.
Hyperemesis, insomnia, hip pain: I started seeing Lisa in 2004 for anxiety. When I got pregnant, I went for treatment again. My first trimester was incredibly difficult. I had issues with hyperemesis. After only 2 sessions of acupuncture my symptoms were mostly diminished. Lisa also treated me for insomnia and pain during both of my pregnancies. I would absolutely recommend her for anyone pregnant or not.
Jen I, 2006
Back pain, chronic sciatica, virus: I initially sought treatment from Lisa Bernazani for pregnancy-related back pain. I was pleased to receive immediate and continuing relief from this pain, which was a surprise to me given that I had experienced chronic and acute sciatic nerve pain for over 13 years.
During my third trimester of pregnancy, I became very ill with a virus and Lisa’s treatments and nutritional guidance allowed me to gain the strength and balance I needed to fight the virus and regain the weight I had lost. Her expertise provided me with the hope I needed during one of the most challenging times in my life.
I couldn’t be more pleased with the care I have received at Middle Path Acupuncture.
Labor Initiation: My pregnancy was a time of joy. From the very beginning I decided to take the very best care of myself and my baby. I avoided alcohol, ate only healthy foods, exercised daily and didn't take so much as an antacid the entire nine months! When my due date came and went my doctor began discussing the possibility of inducing labor. I was mortified! After nine months of self-care I really wanted to avoid labor-inducing drugs if I had an alternative. Thankfully, I had Lisa.
Within hours of my second visit with Lisa, my water broke and my husband and I were off to the hospital. My son came into the world nine days past my due date, but fewer than 10 hours after my visit with Lisa!
Lisa is a caring and gentle provider. I would recommend her to anyone that may have a late arriving baby.
Thank you Lisa!
Hemorrhoids: No one wants to admit they have a hemorrhoid, or even talk about hemorrhoids, but it's incredibly common postpartum. When I started suffering after delivering my son, I was desperate for any relief.
I had turned to Lisa during a prior pregnancy for a back injury (with amazing results!), and it occurred to me she might able to help with this delicate issue, too.
After just one treatment I noted significant improvement, and after a follow-up, I was back to my usual self.
If you are suffering in silence or embarrassment, please don't hesitate to bring Lisa into your circle of trust for swift and compassionate healing.
Mastitis: Six weeks after I began breastfeeding my first baby I developed clogged milk ducts which eventually developed into a painful mastitis infection. Even after taking antibiotics, I could not unclog the milk ducts that caused the infection and my baby and I were having a very difficult time - I even considered stopping breastfeeding.
After two acupuncture sessions with Lisa, the ducts had completely cleared and I was able to feed my son with ease.
I am so thankful for Lisa’s expertise, wisdom and kindness and for bringing back my ability to breastfeed my baby.
Carpal tunnel syndrome, sinus: I went to Lisa at 40+ weeks pregnant with pain in both hands from pregnancy-related carpal tunnel syndrome. After 2 sessions I was completely pain free. I also asked Lisa for treatment for stuffy sinuses. I’ve already booked another session, but after 2 sessions I feel 80% better.
PUPPP (treatment beginning after 9 weeks of PUPPP): I was diagnosed with PUPPP, a pregnancy-related rash that the medical field still knows little about - during the last trimester of my pregnancy.
The rash came on during my 38th week and quickly spread over my entire body. The rash causes severe itching/burning that was much worse at night, to the point that I did not sleep during the last week of pregnancy. I delivered at 41 weeks.
My OB shared that the cause of the rash is unknown and the only cure is delivery, so she reassured me that the rash should be gone within 10 days of having my baby.
Three weeks after delivering my baby, the rash did not clear, and I was struggling to care for a newborn due to lack of sleep, constant itching/burning over my entire body that made it difficult to hold him, and a fear of not knowing how long the rash would last. My OB and the nurses who cared for me during my delivery said that it was one of the worst cases of the rash that they had seen
I saw my OB again and a dermatologist and tried multiple prescription medications, but when those remedies did not provide relief, they seemed at a loss as to what to do to help me.
During my first session with Lisa, I felt immediate relief as soon as all of the needles were placed. I was actually able to sleep and relax for the first time in weeks during my session. After two sessions, I started seeing the rash disappear. I saw Lisa for a total of 5 sessions, in which the rash cleared, the itching/burning subsided, and I was able to sleep at night.
In addition, Lisa was kind and knowledgeable, informing me, as a newcomer to acupuncture, what to expect and what she was doing. For the first time, I also felt that someone was taking my misery seriously, listening to my concerns, and working with me to find a solution. I cannot recommend her and acupuncture enough for other women who suffer from this diagnosis.
Breech position & placenta previa: I went to see Lisa at 34 weeks in my pregnancy with a breech baby and complete placenta previa. Within 2 weeks/4 sessions, we were able to turn the baby and move the placenta so that I can now carry to full term and not have the high risk c-section that we were expecting.
I immediately knew I was in the right place and felt significantly better in my body after the first session. I cannot recommend Lisa highly enough.
Sciatica, hip, and low back pain: I started seeing Lisa early in third trimester of pregnancy. I had been battling severe sciatica, hip, and lower back pain. I had previously sought relief through massage and physical therapy, but to no avail. I found myself unable to go for walks or sleep and sit comfortably. After one treatment from Lisa, I noticed an immediate difference in the way I felt. The next day I saddled up my dogs and went for an epic walk around Cambridge with no pain!
I’ve returned to Lisa three more times since then. Her work has resolved a variety of other symptoms that I previously thought were untreatable: digestive issues, shortness of breath, and stress/anxiety. I cannot recommend Lisa highly enough.