Is being pregnant a pain in the you-know-what? Some moms-to-be glow; others ache. Often, pregnancy simply exacerbates the same physical weaknesses, such as a sore back, that you experienced before you got pregnant. But there is also suffering that is unique to the prenatal period, such as swollen ankles or sinus infections from all that extra blood flow. So what’s the best way to cope with pregnancy pain? Many turn to acupressure, but what pressure points can relieve pregnancy pain?
To learn more about the most common types of pain during pregnancy and how acupuncture and acupressure can help, Romper spoke with Lauren O. Buckley, L.Ac, founder of South Philadelphia Community Acupuncture. A mom of five, Buckley has lots of personal and professional experience with using pressure points to relieve pain. She names three common prenatal complaints and their corresponding pressure points: headaches, a sore lower back, and swollen ankles.
For headache relief, apply pressure to your occipital point, “the posterior point on the occipital bone.” This is located near the middle of the bottom of your skull.
If you’re suffering from a sore lower back, you’ll want to work on your spinal erectal muscles, along your shoulder blades next to your spine, and any tender points in your…