Pregnancy & Acupuncture

Regular Acupuncture through-out your pregnancy aims to boost your energy, help you to feel calmer by supporting the nervous system, optimise your well-being and prepare your body for bringing your precious child into the world.

 

Pregnancy Care with Acupuncture

Acupuncture offers a wonderful alternative during pregnancy.  One of the best advantages of acupuncture is that it does not involve the ingestion of any medicines.  Therefore, there is no risk of harming your growing baby.

 

Many of the discomforts that occur during pregnancy are a direct result of being pregnant.  Your body undergoes an enormous amount of change over a relatively short period of time, not to mention the huge influx of hormones.  This can easily push the body out of balance.

Acupuncture is such a fantastic option during pregnancy, because it enhances your body’s natural ability to balance itself.  Common conditions during pregnancy that are successfully managed with acupuncture include:

 

  • Morning sickness

  • Fatigue and exhaustion

  • Oedema, fluid retention, swollen ankles

  • Reflux

  • Constipation

  • Musculoskeletal pain, such as back pain, rib pain, sciatic and pubic symphysis pain

  • Sinus problems

One of the best treatments I can suggest is Pre-birth acupuncture.  This is a course of weekly treatments during the last 4 weeks of your pregnancy.  

 

The aim of these treatments is to:

  • prepare the pelvis and cervix for the coming labour,

  • ensure that your energy is well balanced and at an optimal level,

  • make sure that the baby is properly positioned, and

  • provide a calm and relaxed atmosphere for you in the last weeks of your pregnancy

 

The benefits of routine Pre-birth acupuncture include:

  • spontaneous labour around your expected due date,

  • more efficient labour, and

  • optimising your chance of having the natural birth that you want.

 

So, from week 35 onwards I would highly recommend that you make friends with your local acupuncturist!

For some great research on all things in pregnancy that acupuncture is useful for, please visit Debra Betts very informative website. 

Debra is a highly respected Midwife and Acupuncturist.

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