Trying to get pregnant, and not wanting to go down the IVF route?
Going down the IVF route and wanting to maximise your chances of success?
Pregnant and wanting to help minimise some of the side effects?Let’s talk! 

Acupuncture is a fantastic way to naturally help your body back into balance, to either assist with conception, or help 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 traditional ways acupuncture has been used to help during 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

Traditionally acupuncture has been a common treatment for all sorts of pain, including those experienced in pregnancy including:

  • 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

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.

As you near the end of your pregnancy, often you will become tired, heavy and a little “over it” (I get it! I have been there four times). 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 woman’s 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.

**Induction

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.