Postpartum care and recovery can be broken down into 3 phases:

  1. 6 – 12 hours: Acute – rapid changes within the body
  2. 2 – 6 weeks: Subacute – major changes in hemodynamics, genitourinary recovery, metabolism and emotional status
  3. Up to 6 months: Delayed postpartum period – restoration of muscle tone and connective tissue

Acupuncture can provide support postpartum, including the following areas:

  • General recovery
  • C-Section recovery
  • Breast feeding care
  • Breast feeding issues – let down and mastitis
  • Pelvic floor issues
  • Urinary incontinence – stress and/or urge
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Acupuncture has been shown to be safe, with no major adverse events, in research for both

pregnancy and postpartum.


The British Acupuncture provides factsheets on a number of concerns at this time:

Puerperium Factsheet – the 6 weeks postpartum following child birth

Back Pain Factsheet

Urinary Incontinence Factsheet

Anxiety Factsheet