Acupuncture during Pregnancy. Making a wonderful time better.
Pregnancy is a wonderous time in a woman’s life as you watch your body grow and change with each passing month. I remember being amazed by my body’s innate knowledge and ability to make a new human and bring it into the world – a true “super power” in my humble opinion.
My awe of our reproductive cycle has evolved into using Acupuncture to support pregnant women manage their aches and pains and the emotional rollercoaster that hormones can create during this time. Acupuncture can be used to complement your existing medical care and provides a natural, drug-free treatment option when medication or other methods are unsuitable.
From a Chinese Medical perspective some health conditions can improve during pregnancy (such as asthma/migraine) but if pre-existing deficiencies or disharmonies exist, the baby’s demands on the mother’s Qi (energy) and blood can cause ill health or discomfort (1). Research shows Acupuncture can help to alleviate symptoms such as nausea, back pain, headaches, fatigue and depression (2, 3,4). The insertion of small needles at specific points helps to move Qi and blood along channels throughout the body, unblocking stagnation to alleviate pain, and supporting deficiencies which regulates body function.
Towards the end of your pregnancy, regular Acupuncture can assist with oedema, pelvic pain, anxiety, constipation and labour preparation (1). Some Acupuncture points which are contraindicated during pregnancy can be used after 38 weeks to promote dilation of the cervix and enhance contractions, encouraging your baby to come out and greet the world (1).
During your consultation, we will discuss your health history in depth to establish an individual treatment plan which is right for you. I can also share Acupressure techniques which can be used by your partner during your birth journey (1).
Our specially designed pregnancy table has an adjustable belly hole which allows you to lie face down, ensuring comfort during treatment.
I look forward to meeting you and providing quality health care during your pregnancy