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When you are pregnant your body is going through a number of huge changes, sometimes as well as getting a nice belly bump, you can also experience some of the not so nice “side effects” of pregnancy.
Some of the traditional ways acupuncture has been used to help during pregnancy are listed below.
Acupuncture for Pain
Traditionally acupuncture has been a common treatment for all sorts of pain, including those experienced in pregnancy including:
- Carpel tunnel (seek treatment early on for good results)
- Leg cramps
- Symphysis pubis pain (seek treatment early on for good results)
Acupuncture for Malpositioned or Breech Baby
Traditionally the use of moxibustion (burning of the herb mugwort) on specific points, has been combined with acupuncture to encourage a baby to turn to a cephalic (head down) position.
Acupuncture for Labour Preparation
Read more about Birth Preparation Vs Induction here.
Unless there is a legitimate medical reason for requesting an induction, it will not be performed. Although acupuncture can be a much gentler way to encourage your body to start labour, it is still potentially interfering with the natural course of your pregnancy, and any interference has the possibility of changing your experience. If you are keen to try and encourage your baby to come out early then it is recommended that you think about having labour preparation treatments as discussed above in the weeks leading up to your estimated due date.
Recommended Treatment Plan
If you are feeling well with no complications, I recommend you come in weekly throughout your 1st trimester, so I can support your pregnancy whilst its a little more fragile.
Then, after you reach the 12-13 wk mark, I am happy to see you monthly for maintenance, or at the very least, one session when you are 24 wks.
I recommend for you to return at 36 wks for weekly treatments leading up to your birth, however if your baby is breech it is recommended you have weekly treatment from 32 wks.