Acupuncture offers women a safe, natural, effective and drug-free treatment option, offering relief from a variety of issues that can arise during pregnancy.
Treatment during the first trimester focuses on laying a healthy foundation for your pregnancy. Acupuncture is given to help divert your resources to nourishing your baby and to support the rapid growth of the baby, the womb and lining. Treatment is most commonly given to prevent miscarriage, to encourage growth in a small-for-dates baby or to resolve early pregnancy symptoms, such as nausea and fatigue.
The signs that indicate you need this support include fatigue, dizziness, heaviness in back or limbs, body aches, nausea, vomiting, or spots of vaginal bleeding.
For the second and third trimesters acupuncture is commonly used to relieve discomfort that is often regarded as a ‘normal’ part of pregnancy. It is effective in relieving pregnancy-related fatigue, headaches, back neck or body pains, heartburn, constipation, nausea or vomiting, dermatitis, swelling or puffiness in face or limbs, cramps and more.
Acupuncture can also be an effective tool to treat more complex conditions. It may be used to stop bleeding and prevent miscarriage, it can stimulate development in ‘small-for-dates’ babies, and reduce maternal blood pressure to prevent eclampsia and more.
After your baby is born your body must rapidly adapt to a new set of demands. Acupuncture can help your body recover from the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth.
Acupuncture will be beneficial for you after birth if you are fatigued, depressed, feverish, sweating, restless, bleeding, dizzy, constipated or in pain. It is effective in treating mastitis and regulating your milk supply and it can also help to restart your menstruation and protect your future fertility.
Preparing for labour
A weekly session of acupuncture at the end of your pregnancy helps focus your energy on the task to be performed. Midwives tell us that women having treatment have more efficient contractions, their cervix softens and opens smoothly and the pelvic ligaments do not strain. Labour room statistics show: Acupuncture reduces the length of time women spend in labour, especially women having their first delivery and there is a noticeable reduction in medical intervention, including induction of labour, use of epidural anesthesia and cesarean delivery.
Inducing Labour with Acupuncture
Acupuncture offers a safe and natural method for inducing labour. Once your baby is ready, an acupuncture treatment can stimulate the changes necessary to trigger the delivery process. Treatment is given while you remain upright or are seated comfortably. Your acupuncturist will assess what may be limiting your delivery and treat you accordingly. Research has shown a success rate of 88 per cent in stimulating labour in overdue mothers.
Conditions commonly treated during pregnancy:
- Morning Sickness – nausea and vomiting
- Musculoskeletal Conditions
- Stress – anxiety and depression
- Fatigue and Exhaustion
- Back Pain
- Sleep Disturbance
- Oedema (swelling)
- Preparing for Birth
- Breech and Posterior Position
- Induction of labour
- Acupressure in birth
- Postnatal Treatment