Alternative Therapies Considered Safe During Pregnancy

Check with your doctor before using any alternative therapies during pregnancy. Your doctor will not recommend a product or therapy until it is shown to be safe and effective.

These alternative therapies have been shown to be safe and effective for pregnant women. They may help relieve some of the side effects of pregnancy.

Nausea in early pregnancy:

Backache:

Chiropractic manipulation holds the best track record. Make sure the chiropractor you choose is trained/comfortable with treating pregnant patients. Warm compresses and gentle massages are also good for backaches.

Turning a breech baby:

Exercise and hypnosis may be beneficial.

Pain relief in labor:

Epidurals are most effective, but immersing yourself in a warm bath can also relieve tension.

These are widely used alternative therapies in labor:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Patterned breathing
  • Emotional support
  • Self-hypnosis

Acupressure can also work for some women.

WebMD Medical Reference Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson, MD on June 25, 2018

Sources

SOURCES:

CDC: "Medications and Pregnancy." 

Womenshealth.gov: "Pregnancy and medicines fact sheet."

American Family Physician: "Over-the-Counter Medications in Pregnancy."

Cleveland Clinic: "Medication Guidelines During Pregnancy."

RxList web site.

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