Acupuncture relieves back and pelvic pain during pregnancy, study suggests

Analysis shows significant benefits with no major side-effects for mother or baby but more trials needed ‘to confirm results’

Acupuncture can significantly relieve the lower back or pelvic pain frequently experienced by pregnant women, according to a new global data analysis of the available evidence.

There were no observable major side effects for babies whose mothers opted for the procedure, the findings suggest, although only a few of the studies evaluated outcomes. The meta analysis was published in the journal BMJ Open.

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