Acupuncture and Pregnancy

The following can be safely and effectively treated using Acupuncture

Threatened Miscarriage
Fatigue
Morning Sickness
Musculoskeletal Pain
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
Gestational Diabetes
Stress & Anxiety
Oedema
Breech & Posterior Presentation
Labour Preparation
Pain Relief during labour 

LABOUR PREPARATION

Pre-Birth treatment involves a series of four treatments weekly from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labour. Points are used according a woman’s constitution and pregnancy history. These include points to:

Aid cervical ripening and dilation
Promote optimal energy and stamina for labour
Help shorten duration of labour
Reduce the need for c-section and interventions
Reduce need for pain medications
Women who receive pre-birth acupuncture and do not go into labour spontaneously usually respond very well and quickly to induction either by acupuncture or medication.

INDUCTION OF LABOUR

Acupuncture can provide a gentle inducement of labour when the baby is overdue. It can be an effective alternative to Syntocinon drip or prostaglandin gel induction. Acupuncture encourages the body to release hormones such as oxytocin and prostaglandins that instigate labour as well as encouraging the baby downward in the birth canal. Many mothers find this treatment very relaxing, feeling calmer, more relaxed and have a more efficient labour. One or more treatments are usually required. As with the pre-birth treatment if you do not go into labour, you will respond well to medical induction.  

PAIN RELIEF & SUPPORT IN LABOUR

Acupuncture offers drug free alternatives for pain relief during labour.

Acupuncture in Labour can help with:

Promoting efficient contractions
Encourage baby into optimal positioning
Aid cervical ripening and dilation
Pain relief
Promote endorphin release (primal state)
Smoothing transition
Promote delivery of placenta

POST NATAL CARE

Acupuncture has techniques to promote recovery; these include “mother warming” treatments that can be given by her partner, advice on diet and use of specific strengthening and blood building herbs. Post Partum Acupuncture Treatments Help

Restore energy levels
Stop abdominal bleeding
Relieve lower backache
Urinary Incontinence
Insufficient lactation
Mastitis
Postnatal Depression
Post operative healing