When you’re pregnant, finding a way to ease discomforts such as swelling and back pain can be difficult. But, according to first-time mama-to-be Ashley Graham, acupuncture is a good way to do it.
The model has managed to look flawless and radiant throughout her entire pregnancy. (Let’s not forget her genius Halloween costume of “ knocked up Jessica Rabbit.”) In a series of videos posted to her Instagram yesterday, she revealed acupuncture may be the secret to feeling great. The post shows a series of three videos, each filmed herself while undergoing treatment from acupuncturist and founder of Lanshin, Sandra Lanshin. In the first video, she says, “We are sculpting into my cheek, into my jawline,” as Lanshin adds “Getting the muscle tension out. And then we’re going to sculpt, sculpt, sculpt.”
In the second video, Graham jokingly shakes her green “needle beard” and belts, “Ho Ho Ho, Merry Christmas. It’s a needle Christmas.” The last video shows Lanshin taking out the needles, saying, “No bleeders—oh two.” Graham adds, “So what?“It’s worth the sculpt.”
According to Graham’s caption, acupuncture has helped her throughout her pregnancy. She wrote, “I have been doing acupuncture throughout my whole pregnancy and I have to say it’s been keeping my body feeling so good! Yesterday Sandra did a little face sculpting with the needles and I love the results!”
Graham’s not the only one—several women have commented on the post, agreeing that acupuncture helped them with their pregnancy. “I am 30 weeks pregnant and have had severe carpal tunnel since 12 weeks...acupuncture helped immensely with it,” one woman wrote, while another commented, “Great for natural labor preparation, did it with all my pregnancies.”
According to the ACOG, acupuncture may even help with pain reduction during labor. Of course, more research is needed on the topic. If you’re considering acupuncture while pregnant, make sure to speak to your healthcare provider first.