Acupuncture and Pregnancy

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. 

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 may provide a gentle inducement of labour when the baby is overdue. It may be an effective alternative to Syntocinon drip or prostaglandin gel induction. Acupuncture may encourage the body to release hormones such as oxytocin and prostaglandins that instigate labour as well as encouraging the baby downward in the birth canal.

 

PAIN RELIEF & SUPPORT IN LABOUR


Acupuncture can be used during during labour.

Acupuncture in Labour may 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

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

 

Research

Breech presentation: 1. Neri, I., Airola, G., Contu, G., Allais, G., Facchinetti, F., & Benedetto, C. (2004). Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomised controlled study. Journal of Maternal, Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 15, (4), 247-252. 2. Cardini, F. & Weixin, H. (1998). Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation. Journal of the American Medical Association, 280, 942-946. Labour and pre labour: 1. Rabl, M., Ahner, R., Bitschnau, M., Zeisler, H. & Husslein, P. (2001). Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labour at term – a randomised controlled trail. Wien Klin Wochenschr, 113, (23-24), 942-946. 2. Levett, K.M, Smith, C.A, Bensoussan, A., & Dahlan, H.G. (2016). Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour. BMJ Open 2016;6:e010691. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-010691
3. Tempfer, C., Zeisler, H., Mayerhofe, K.R., Barrada, M. & Husslein, P. (1998). Influence of acupuncture on duration of labour. Gynecologic & Obstetric Investigation, 46, 22-5

Depression in pregnancy: Manber, R., Schnyer, R., Lyell, D., Chambers, A., Caughey, A. & Druzin, M. (2010). Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.Obstetrics and Gynecology, 115, 511–520.

Labour and Birth: Complementary therapies for labour and birth study: a randomised controlled trial of antenatal integrative medicine for pain management in labour, 2017  Kate M Levett1C A Smith1A Bensoussan1,H G Dahlen2