Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times of your life! It is the most natural thing in the world and your body knows what to do, so you may not feel you need any further treatment, which is absolutely fine.
Or you may find pregnancy quite a challenging time, as it can sometimes be accompanied by uncomfortable symptoms and emotional stress, where a little extra support is welcome. In these cases Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug free treatment for all stages of your pregnancy.
There are many different reasons why you may come for treatment at this time, such as:
- this is your first pregnancy and you want to ensure you are doing everything possible for a healthy and enjoyable pregnancy. For example one focus at this time may be strengthening your digestive system to minimise symptoms of morning sickness
- or you have a history of miscarriage and you want treatment to support the pregnancy and reduce any anxiety during the first trimester
- or you have had IVF and feel you may benefit from further acupuncture treatment. For example one study in 2006 found acupuncture may reduce the risk of miscarriage when undergoing IVF
Common Ailments during Pregnancy
Equally, common pregnancy related ailments may benefit from treatment, such as:
- tiredness and anaemia
- morning sickness
- varicose veins
- back pain
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- symphysis pubis dysfunction – pubic bone pain
Whatever the reason, I would be delighted to treat you.
Preparation for Labour
The third trimester is a time to nourish energy, ensuring you are in good health for labour and the post natal period. It is also an opportunity to discuss preparation for labour, labour itself and the first few weeks of motherhood when it is essential you look after yourself as well as your new baby.
If the baby is breech, where there are no contraindications, between 34-36 weeks a treatment using a herb called Moxa can be used to try and turn the baby. The herb is burnt over a specific point on the toes (it does not touch the skin!) which in turn stimulates the baby to turn. Studies show this method to have a 75.4% success rate.
Induction for Labour
Finally, should you go past your due date, studies show that acupuncture can help initiate labour. Please be aware that that I can only give an induction treatment in a healthy pregnancy after your due date has passed.
Based in Fulham, London, Justine is an acupuncturist and women's health expert with 25 years' experience. She specialises in all aspects of women's health from adolescence to post-menopause.
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