Acupuncture has been around for two millennia. It is widely regarded as a viable alternative to age-old conventional medicine.In addition to promoting physical healing, Acupuncture also provides overall improvement of the mind and soul. The World Health Organisation also recognises the benefits of acupuncture treatment for a wide variety of conditions. Acupuncture during Labour induction is one of the many tried and tested benefits of this form of alternative medicine.
When a baby is long overdue, waiting for that one ‘kick’ from your baby becomes difficult, both physically and mentally. Taking medicinal drugs is an option however these drugs almost always come with side effects. Acupuncture provides an effective technique to induce labour that is safe for the mother and the baby. This technique stimulates the uterine muscles by needling at specific points on the body for a smooth and natural labour.
Here are a few things to keep in mind about this form of treatment.
When Is the Right Time to Begin?
Ideally, women should opt for professional massage and acupuncture sessions throughout the pregnancy period. However, acupuncture can be implemented effectively at the onset of the 40th to 41st week of pregnancy. Waiting for the initiation of labour, without external help at this stage can prove to be dangerous for both the mother and the child. Book an appointment with a well-trained and experienced acupuncturist a week after you cross your due date.
What Should I Expect at the First Treatment Session?
The first session basically begins with a thorough assessment of your medical history and general body check-ups such as pulse detection and blood pressure levels etc. After your results have been assessed, the acupuncturist will ask you to lie down in your most comfortable position and begin treatment by stimulating four to eight points on your body. Often times, delayed labour can be caused by stress. This treatment will relax you.
Should I Opt For Acupuncture During Labour?
Once labour has been induced, Acupuncture can also prove to be an effective means of natural pain relief during labour. Acupressure helps direct the body’s energy into a positive direction, stimulating a streamlined and natural birth process, greatly reducing the chances of a C-section. In addition, these techniques prove to be highly effective for post-birth problems such as inadequate lactation, postnatal depression and urinary problems, etc.