ACUPUNCTURE & PREGNANCY
Acupuncture can be used to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions, offering pregnant people an alternative to taking medication. Acupuncture may also be used for the discomfort often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy that just has to be endured. Acupuncture use in pregnancy is widespread in certain countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand, where midwives undertake specialized acupuncture training.
TYPE OF CARE
PRE 40 WEEKS
Preparation for Labour and birth
Acupuncture can help prepare a person’s body for labour and birth and at any point weekly treatments can help with pregnancy discomforts or concerns.
At 36 weeks we begin using points that help by:
Supporting optimal baby positioning for labour
Assist in cervical ripening
Promoting optimal energy and stamina for the birthing person
These treatments can be Community Acupuncture or Private Acupuncture follow up.
POST 40 WEEKS
At the 40 week mark we can use Acupuncture to induce Labour. Labour Induction works best with 3 treatments / week spaced about 48 hours a part. We need time, space and privacy to ensure your comfort and for high effectiveness. For this reason, Labour induction sessions are always individual and are 60 min in length. If this is your first treatment, please choose the Standard Initial Acupuncture 75 min option.
The following lists conditions Acupuncture has been used for:
Early pregnancy supportive care
Nausea and vomiting
Constipation and hemorrhoids
Varicose veins and vulval varicosities
Headaches and migraines
Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, pelvic and hip pain
Fatigue and exhaustion
Anxiety and depression
Itching in pregnancy
Hypertension disorders including Pregnancy-induced hypertension
Breech and posterior positioned babies
Preparation for a medical Induction
Prebirth acupuncture to prepare the body for an efficient labour
Acupressure taught to support people to use for pain relief during labour