Pregnant Hilary Duff gets acupuncture: ‘trying to give baby the eviction notice’

It feels like it’s only been a few weeks since Hilary Duff announced her pregnancy with husband Matthew Koma. But I checked and her pregnancy announcement came in mid-December. Geeze, time flies. Hilary has three children: Luca Cruz, 12, with ex-husband Mike Comrie, and Banks Violet, five, and Mae James, three, with Koma. She’s never shared her due date, but looks like it’s any day now. On Tuesday, Hilary posted a bunch of pictures to Instagram. One of those pictures was of herself with acupuncture needles in her face, saying that she was “gently trying to give the baby an eviction notice.”

Hilary Duff is sharing her acupuncture experience as she prepares to welcome her fourth baby. The actress, 36, shared a carousel post on Tuesday, April 16, that featured her undergoing the treatment. Tagging @goldenmonkeyhealing in the snap, Duff closed her eyes as she lay down.

“Pretty slow week around here. And gently trying to give baby the eviction notice,” Duff’s caption read as needles poked from her forehead, head and cheekbones.

Meanwhile, the slideshow also featured a snap of salad from Caioti Pizza in Los Angeles, as well as photos of her children, husband Matthew Koma and their pet cat and dog. Duff also included a photo of her posing in front of a Cadillac, which she also shared on her Instagram Stories.

“Had the pleasure of driving this girl around while i have been needing some extra space from paps nearing the end of my pregnancy,” the Lizzie McGuire alum wrote across the photo. “I will especially miss the cooler in this gal! @cadillac thanks for the peace and quiet these last few weeks.”

Earlier this month, Duff shared an Instagram post featuring many photos of her and Koma. She also opened up about her thoughts on soon welcoming her fourth baby.

“4 kids is a truly wild choice,” her caption read before praising her beau. “And while you rage the farmers market with the kids after 4 nights of shows and late nights so I can get some sleep and not hear mom mom mama mommy mooooom just know this only works because of you ♥️.”

“Also on a separate note … ” Duff added. “Why can I sleep during the day this late in pregnancy and not at night 😣😵‍💫.”

[From People]

While there’s no conclusive evidence that acupuncture can help induce labor, some studies have found that it can help ready your cervix for labor. Just like with some of the other methods that women try, it’s always anecdotal. And hey, I get it. Those final weeks when you’re just waiting for the baby to come feel like they’re taking forever. At least, they did for me! You get to a point where you’re over being pregnant and just want them to get here already, so you can finally meet them and start the next chapter of life. My younger son was almost a week late and they wanted to induce me once I hit 41 weeks. I tried doing all of the things I did to coax my older son out – I took walks on hills, ate spicy food, etc. – and nothing worked. Finally, when I was 40w5d, I got a prenatal massage that focused on pressure points to induce labor. I’ll never know if it actually worked but I did go into labor the following day, so I’d like to think that it did and was a very well-spent $100, lol.

Meanwhile, Hilary has also prepared for birth by making a 53-song playlist, joking that she’s “manifesting a short birth, as I only made it three hours.” It includes songs such as Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain,” Beyonce’s “CUFF IT,” Taylor Swift’s “‘Tis the Damn Season,” Aretha Franklin’s “Baby, I Love You,” Doja Cat and SZA’s “Kiss Me More,” and of course, “Sha La La” by Koma’s band Winnetka Bowling League. Best of luck to Hilary for a quick and easy birth! May she only have to get through the playlist once.

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  1. Sam says:

    this is a bit off topic but I also made a birth playlist and my daughter was born to the song “Lovely day” by Bill Withers which still makes me teary.

  2. Busylizzy says:

    I tried acupuncture and gave birth 3 days after haha it might have been a coincidence though but I am biased now

  3. Hannah says:

    That pressure point prenatal massage that you had Rosie sounds like just the ticket. I would definitely want to do that. I’ve never even heard of it. Ta 💛

  4. MerlinsMom1018 says:

    Wish they had acupuncture , much less letting you have a playlist back in the late 70’s and mid 80’s when I was pregnant with my girls. As it was, it was revolutionary (in my part of Texas anyway with my first two) that MerlinsDad was allowed in the delivery room at all. My youngest was born in Upstate NY and decided to show up on the coldest day of the year 3 weeks early.

    Hope she has the baby and all goes well for them both

  5. TurbanMa says:

    Oh it’s for real, but not in the face. It’s all about the baby toe. You can even just be massaging and pressing on the spot hard enough and not have to do needles. Source: assisted blind acupuncturist for years who was on speed dial for numerous homebirth midwives trying to help their pregnant clients birth at home and not get so late that they would need a hospital birth. 100% success rate on getting overdue pregnant people into labor labor.

  6. Kate says:

    Not about acupuncture but I had a membrane sweep at my 39 week appt and went into labor that evening, my doctor described it as moving things up if your body already has a secret plan to go into labor but ineffective if your body has no plan yet. Maybe acupuncture and massage is similar.

  7. LooneyTunes says:

    Slightly off-topic, but celebs are having a lot of babies lately. No more 2 kids and done for the new generation.

  8. Yup, Me says:

    I did acupuncture with both pregnancies. But with my second, I also did MILE circuits each night with evening primrose oil suppositories (the nurse said my cervix was so nice and soft!), as well as nipple stimulation. I had a gentle early labor (so much so that I didn’t even realize I was in early labor all day).

    4 kids truly is a wild choice. I hope baby makes a good entry soon.

  9. Doctah Grrl says:

    As an acupuncturist/herbalist who specialized in women’s health I can tell you first hand Acu can help stimulate labor.

    There are many contraindicated points we don’t use during pregnancy as they have very strong energy movement potential. For eviction notices aka stimulating labor we use them with other selected points for calming stress and uterine stimulation.

    I’ve had patients lose mucus plug sitting in my chair, babies born within 24 hours, and some babies within a few days. Mama’s attitude/energy definitely plays a role too 🫶

  10. Dani says:

    Acupuncture, in the hands of a skilled TCM practitioner, can absolutely stimulate labor. Which is why certain acupuncture points are not safe for pregnant women until closer to term.

  11. Briamatia says:

    I saw an acupuncturist for my first child. I was 42 weeks and hell bent on making a home birth happen. Believe it when I tell you he broke my water on the table and put me into active labour. 12 hours later had my babe at home!

    Also worked as a social worker briefly for adults with mental illness and we had acupuncture sessions preformed by a trained professional a few times and people who were never pill compliant started taking their meds, better sleeping patterns and increased appetite for people who refused to eat.

    Firm believer over here! Try it if you haven’t.

  12. Polly says:

    Can we just be done with acupuncture, chiropractic, homeopathy and all this BS. I’m so tired.

  13. Linabear says:

    There’s a reason why acupuncture is covered by health insurance in many Asian countries. I wasn’t a believer until going through a bout of stubborn bronchitis that wouldn’t go away with antivirals and antibiotics. An endoscopy showed my throat swollen almost completely shut. My friend dragged me to her acupuncturist and 2 sessions later, I was healed. Amazing. I just wish it were more affordable in the states.