Not quite sure about using acupuncture in pregnancy?
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!
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.
Using Acupuncture in Pregnancy
Please note that under national law claims of efficacy of treatment are required to be made with reference to evidence of a high standard. The following conditions have been listed based on a range of strong evidence to inconclusive evidence. For any clarification you please view the Acupuncture Evidence Project. To date additional conditions may be treated using acupuncture and Chinese medicine however current western scientific evidence does not exist for these.
- Pre-conception care –
Infertility (male and female),poor sperm quality, primary ovarian insufficiency
- Menstruation regulation-
PMS, painful periods, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, endometriosis, painful periods, abnormal bleeding, menopausal hot flushes, uterine fibroids
- IVF Support-
- Infertility (male and female), assisted conception combined with Artificial Reproductive Technology, poor sperm quality, primary ovarian insufficiency
- Acupuncture and Pregnancy-
Labour induction, urinary tract infection, morning sickness, hyperemesis gravidarum, sciatica, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, reflux, headaches, adult urinary incontinence.
- Emotional support-
Postnatal depression, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, insomnia, stress
Acupuncture for Pain
Traditionally acupuncture has been a common treatment for all sorts of pain, including those experienced in pregnancy including:
- Musculoskeletal/ Pain
Low back pain, neck and shoulder pain, knee pain, RSI, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, sprains, acute and chronic pain, cartilage problems, restless leg syndrome, chronic pain, plantar fasciitis, numbness, arthralgia (joint pain), migraine prevention, TMJ pain, peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, chronic pelvic pain syndrome, lumbar spinal stenosis.
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 Labour Preparation
Read more about Birth Preparation Vs Induction here.
This is primarily by giving you some down time, allowing you to connect with your body and your baby, but also to help with any anxiety or stress that you may be experiencing (stress and anxiety can stop your body from going into labour).
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.