245 at The Circle Family Center, Sea Ridge Road, Aptos, CA

phone: 831.818.7051

Live Oak Acupuncture & Healing Arts

Dr. Marcia Connelly, DTCM, LAc, Dipl.OM


Creating Radiant Health During PRECONCEPTION, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

Treatments can support the body’s own nature in coping with the challenges of fertility and pregnancy. Some of these health challenges include:

  • Irregular menses
  • Emotional imbalances
  • Body tension
  • Headaches
  • Threatened or frequent miscarriage
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Back pain
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Pelvic pain
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Gestational diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Acid reflux
  • Malpositioned fetus
  • Delayed labor
  • Postpartum bleeding
  • General fatigue



  • Promotes relaxation
  • Stimulates blood supply to the uterus, ovaries, and testes, enhancing fertility
  • Encourages optimal health of sperm and ovum
  • Regulates hormones involved in follicle development
  • and implantation
  • Provides dietary guidance, supplement and herbal suggestions


First Trimester

  • Alleviates nausea and vomiting, increases appetite
  • Calms anxiety, encourages a sense of well-being and
  • emotional balance
  • Addresses fatigue, weak immunity and sleep disturbances
  • Holistically attends to the underlying causes of frequent and threatened miscarriage


Second Trimester

  • Supports the body in recovering from anemia
  • Provides relief from digestive complaints, heartburn, hemorrhoids and constipation
  • Addresses complications of PIH (pregnancy induced hypertension), gestational diabetes and low amniotic fluids
  • Assists in fighting infections, UTI’s, colds, flues, and sinus congestion


Third Trimester

  • Provides relief from pain and tension in the back, neck, shoulders, ribs, pelvis and carpal tunnel
  • Supports optimal fetal positioning
  • Calms the spirit and promotes rest in preparation for birth
  • Promotes cervical and emotional ripening for birth
  • Invigorates qi and blood to promote labor
  • Promotes efficient and effective contractions in delayed or stalled labor


Postpartum Care

  • Promotes relaxation, increases energy levels
  • Encourages emotional wellness, addresses issues of depression and anxiety
  • Provides relief from pain and tension
  • Promotes circulation to the uterus, reduces incidences of uterine infection
  • Addresses breast infection, low milk supply, and sore nipples
  • Prenatal and Postpartum Packages Available



Birthpoint is an organization of local Santa Cruz acupuncturists who specialize in prenatal and postpartum care. We provide on-call services Monday through Friday from 7am to 9pm.

For more information see our Facebook page.

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