Acupuncture in Pregnancy- Acupuncture for a healthy, trouble free pregnancy
Acupuncture in Pregnancy
Health is not simply the absence of sickness- Hannah Green
Acupuncture for Pain
- 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
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.
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.