Postpartum Acupuncture in Toronto

The period after birth, often referred to as the fourth trimester, is a time of immense physical and emotional changes for new mothers. If you have recently given birth it is important to prioritise your well-being, as you navigate the challenges of motherhood.

Embrace the healing power of acupuncture as we assist you in replenishing your energy, recovering your strength, and navigating the joys and challenges of early motherhood. The Acupuncture Oasis will be your trusted partner on your postpartum journey as you embrace this remarkable transformation. We are here to ensure you receive the best possible care during this crucial phase of your life.

Postpartum Acupuncture

Traditional acupuncture treatments focus on a wide range of conditions and wellness goals, while postpartum acupuncture treatments specifically target the physical and emotional changes of the period after birth.

It aims to restore hormonal balance after giving birth, support lactation and breastfeeding your new baby, promote physical recovery, and provide emotional support. Postpartum acupuncture starts soon after birth, although breastfeeding women may require more frequent sessions initially, and is tailored to the individual needs of each new mother.


Acupuncture offers a myriad of benefits for postpartum healing. Here are some of the advantages that make acupuncture an appealing option for postpartum care:

  • Hormonal Balance: Acupuncture can help regulate hormonal fluctuations that occur during the postpartum period. By stimulating specific acupoints, it can alleviate symptoms of postpartum depression, such as mood swings and irritability, promoting full emotional health and well-being.
  • Physical Recovery: The body goes through significant changes during pregnancy and after birth. Acupuncture can aid in the postpartum healing by reducing pain and inflammation, and stress reduction promoting tissue healing, the nervous system, and improving overall physical well-being.
  • Milk Production and Breastfeeding Support: Acupuncture may enhance milk production after birth and improve breastfeeding outcomes. By targeting specific acupoints, this treatment can stimulate the release of prolactin and oxytocin, hormones essential for milk production and letdown.
  • Stress Relief and Relaxation: The first postpartum depression recovery process can be stressful for women, with the demands of caring for a newborn and adjusting to the new role of motherhood. Acupuncture sessions offer a calming and relaxing postpartum experience, reducing stress levels and the symptoms of postpartum depression, as well as promoting a sense of well-being for new babies.

History of Postpartum Acupuncture

The history of postpartum acupuncture can be traced back thousands of years to ancient China, where traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) originated. Traditional Chinese medicine recognizes that the postpartum period is a critical time for a woman’s physical and emotional recovery after childbirth, and acupuncture has been used as a therapeutic modality during this period.

In Chinese culture, the postpartum phase is often referred to as the “Golden Month” or “Zuo Yue Zi,” which typically lasts for about a month after delivery. During this time, new mothers are encouraged to rest, recover, and receive special care to support their healing process. Acupuncture has long been recognized as an integral part of this care.

In TCM, the postpartum period is seen as a time of significant physical and energetic changes in a woman’s body. The process of childbirth is considered a depletion of qi (vital energy) and blood, and postpartum acupuncture is employed to restore balance and replenish these vital resources.

Historically, postpartum acupuncture treatments focused on promoting healing, restoring qi and blood circulation, and addressing specific postpartum concerns. Acupuncture points were selected to stimulate the body’s natural healing response, regulate hormonal fluctuations, support lactation, relieve pain, promote emotional well-being, and restore overall balance.

Is Acupuncture After Birth Safe?

Acupuncture for women after birth is generally considered safe when performed by a qualified and licensed practitioner. It can be beneficial for women regardless of whether they have had a vaginal birth or a caesarean surgery.

During the initial consultation, the acupuncturist will assess your medical history and discuss any specific concerns or conditions you may have. This information will guide the treatment plan and ensure that the acupuncture sessions are tailored to your individual needs.

How Soon After Birth Can I Get Acupuncture?

The timing for receiving acupuncture after giving birth can vary depending on several factors, including the type of birth (vaginal or caesarean), any complications during labour, and the overall health and recovery of the mother. It is always best to consult with your healthcare provider or an experienced acupuncturist who specialises in postpartum care to determine the most appropriate timing for you.

In general, many acupuncturists suggest waiting at least 24 to 48 hours after giving birth before receiving acupuncture. This allows your body some time to begin the initial healing process. However, there may be situations where acupuncture can be performed sooner, such as for pain management or specific concerns related to the birth process. It’s essential to discuss your individual circumstances with a qualified practitioner.

For women who have had a caesarean surgery, it is common to wait a bit longer before receiving acupuncture. This is to ensure that the incision site has started to heal adequately and that any postoperative complications have been addressed. Your healthcare provider will typically provide guidance on when it is appropriate to begin acupuncture treatment after a caesarean birth.

How Long Does Prenatal Acupuncture Take?

The duration of acupuncture sessions can vary depending on several factors, including the specific condition being addressed and the practitioner’s approach. On average, an acupuncture session can last between 45 to 60 minutes. During your initial consultation, our acupuncturists at The Acupuncture Oasis, will discuss the expected duration of treatment and create a customised plan based on your needs.

How To Prepare For Your Acupuncture Session

Before your acupuncture session, there are a few things you can do to prepare:

Eat a Light Meal or Snack

It’s advisable not to have a heavy meal right before your appointment, as it may cause discomfort during the treatment. However, it’s also important not to come on an empty stomach, as low blood sugar levels can increase the risk of lightheadedness, nausea and vomiting afterwards.

Wear Comfortable Clothing

Choose loose, comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the areas where the acupuncturist will insert the needles. This will both reduce pain and ensure a more relaxed and enjoyable experience.

Communicate Openly

During your initial consultation and throughout the treatment process, communicate openly with your acupuncturist. Discuss any concerns, symptoms, or changes in your health so that the treatment can be tailored to your needs.

What Should You Do After Your Treatment

After your acupuncture session, it’s essential to take care of yourself and follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your acupuncturist. These instructions may include:

Rest and Relax

Take some time to rest and allow the effects of the treatment to integrate into your body. Avoid strenuous activities immediately after the massage session.


Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and support the body’s natural healing processes.

Monitor Your Symptoms

Pay attention to any changes in your symptoms or overall well-being and inform your acupuncturist during your next session.

Choose The Acupuncture Oasis For Postpartum Acupuncture in Toronto

Our postpartum acupuncture treatments are designed to provide new mothers with specialised care and support during this transformative period. We understand the unique physical and emotional challenges faced by women after childbirth, and our experienced acupuncturists are here to offer gentle and effective treatments to promote healing, restore balance, and enhance overall well-being.

Let The Acupuncture Oasis accompany you on your journey to physical and emotional well-being. Book a session today to get started. Our team of qualified and licensed acupuncturists will provide a safe and supportive environment for your full postpartum care.