Is Acupuncture Really Worth It? With Nicole Brown

Exploring Acupuncture during Pregnancy and Labor! 

[This is also an episode of Friday Free Talk on The Tranquility Tribe Podcast on iTunes. Listen here.]

Welcome back, Villagers! Thanks for joining us for episode three of the Tranquility Tribe podcast!  In this episode, Hehe sat down with Nicole Brown, an acupuncturist in the Boston area who specializes in Women’s Health. Together, they talked about the incredible benefits of self-care, especially during pregnancy and after delivery, as well as a variety of self-care and pain relief options.

Who Is Nicole Brown?

Nicole became interested in alternative medicine when she moved to the U.S. for college and began to experience health issues that weren’t fully addressed by traditional medicine.  Through her own research, Nicole became very knowledgeable about the countless alternative treatment options that are available.  Nicole now works as a licensed Acupuncturist and certified Health Coach in the Boston area.  Thanks to her success with alternative medicine, Nicole is passionate about sharing alternative health options with patients in order to help them feel empowered and in control of their bodies. 

Here's a hint: It's worth it.

So what does acupuncture have to do with pregnancy?  Nicole notes that there are many challenges that her patients commonly face during different periods in their pregnancies.  In the first trimester, many pregnant people experience nausea as their hormone levels vary and their bodies begin to adjust.  Pregnancy can also cause anxiety as you become aware of the changes occurring in your body and your life.  During the second and third trimesters, it’s common to have back pain, swelling that puts extra pressure on nerves, and gastrointestinal problems.  Nicole emphasizes that all of these symptoms are very common among pregnant people and that it is important to recognize how you are feeling and to take care of yourself through this process in the way that works best for you. 

The changes that take place in your body during pregnancy are often painful, and the fact that you can’t depend on the medications that you may regularly take to treat your pain can be frustrating.  Acupuncture can be a powerful tool to help treat pain in a way that is effective but gentle and completely safe for your growing tiny human!  This treatment option can also help support your mental health by increasing the release of serotonin, the “happy hormone” that can help you relax and, in the long-term, even enable you to feel more positive and confident about your pregnancy. 

Both, Nicole and HeHe, mention amazing things they have witnessed happen when TTC, expectant, or new parents utilize the power of Acupuncture.  

Why did Nicole make the cut to be on the Tranquility Team? 

Her focus on mental health awareness and her holistic approach. 

Throughout the podcast, Hehe and Nicole discuss the mental health challenges that can arise throughout pregnancy and especially after delivery.  The stressors and hormone fluctuations during pregnancy can cause changes in your mood, not to mention the drastic change in hormones and the lack of sleep that can play a role for months or years after your baby is delivered.  But you aren’t alone!  As part of this Tranquility Tribe, you are surrounded by a group of experts and parents just like you that can lift you up and share encouragement and suggestions for whatever challenges you may be facing.  The most important thing to remember is that you are the person that knows yourself best – if something feels off, trust yourself and reach out to your tribe! 


Nicole is located in Brookline, MA.  If you would like to learn more about her practice, you can contact her or sign up for her newsletter on her website or you can follow her on Facebook. Nicole offers exclusive discounts for Tranquility by HeHe clients to ensure you are pampered in your journey to parenthood! 

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Written by our Guest Blogger, Kyra Shreeve. She is a Biochemistry, Health Policy, and Music student at Brandeis University. 

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