Acupuncture in Pregnancy- Acupuncture for a healthy, trouble free pregnancy

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Acupuncture in Pregnancy

Health is not simply the absence of sickness- Hannah Green

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to naturally help your body back into balance as it is going through the changes that pregnancy initiates.
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 common ways we can help you with acupuncture in pregnancy are listed below.
  • Anaemia
  • Anxiety
  • Breech baby (recommended to start treating from 32 weeks)
  • Carpal tunnel
  • Constipation
  • Colds & flu
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Haemorroids
  • Hay fever
  • Headaches
  • Heartburn
  • Hypertension (pregnancy induced high blood pressure)
  • **Induction (geting labour started)
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Migraines
  • Morning sickness
  • Nausea
  • Oedema (swelling of hands and/or feet)
  • Posterior baby (from 34 weeks)
  • Sinusitis
  • Small-for-dates babies (intrauterine growth retardation)
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Vaginal itching
  • Varicose veins
  • Vomiting
  • Vulval varicosities (varicose veins around the vulval area or in the vagina)

Acupuncture for Pain

  • Back
  • Carpel tunnel (seek treatment early on for good results)
  • Leg cramps
  • Neck
  • Rib
  • Sciatica
  • Shoulder
  • Symphysis pubis pain (seek treatment early on for good results)
If you are one of the lucky women who has not experienced any of the above symptoms then the below treatments may be of interest to you.

Acupuncture for Malpositioned or Breech Baby

There are several studies that have shown that by using moxibustion from 32 weeks can help a fetus to turn by their due date. In an Italian study done in 1998 (including 260 women) it showed that acupuncture and moxibustion can help to turn a breech baby in 75% of women between 33 and 36 weeks gestation (compared to 48% in the control group). Another study in China from 1984 (using 505 women) had similar results with 81% of babies turning when treated with moxibustion and acupuncture, compared to 49% in the control group.

Acupuncture for Labour Preparation

Read more about Birth Preparation Vs Induction here.

As you near the end of your pregnancy, often you will become tired, heavy and a little “over it”. The perfect way to help ease you through these last few weeks is to help your body prepare for the upcoming birth by having labour preparation treatments. These treatments are not aimed to initiate labour, but instead aimed at helping your body prepare for the onset of labour by helping to ripen your cervix (encouraging it to be soft so it can easily dialte), relax your muscles and tendons, as well as calming you and helping you to relax. This is also a wonderful last opportunity to work through any worries or concerns you have in the lead up to birth. Many midwives have observed the association of a womens emotional state with her labour progress, so in order to help make sure you don’t have any unnecessary disruptions to your labour, it is fantastic to talk about any worries before you find yourself about to give birth.
In 2006 a study was conducted in New Zealand which suggests that if you have weekly acupuncture treatment from 36 weeks it can increase your chances of having a natural labour.


Unless there is a legitimate medical reason for requesting an induction, it will not be performed. Induction often leads to an increase in other interventions during labour which in turn increases the likelihood of a caesarean section birth. Although acupuncture is a much gentler way to encourage your body to start labour, it is still interfering with the natural course of your pregnancy, and any interference has the potential to change 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 a 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 fortnightly 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 30 wks.


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