PREGNANCY

During pregnancy Acupuncture can safely, naturally and effectively reduce / clear various associated conditions. Acupuncture is used with pregnant mothers extensively in Germany, France and the UK on the NHS. The treatment is relaxing and painless, and no pharmaceutical drugs are involved. The following conditions respond well:
  • Miscarriage Prevention
  • Constipation
  • Urinary tract infection
  • Vaginal discharge and itching
  • Breech & posterior positions
  • Prebirth acupuncture
  • Nausea / Vomiting
  • Varicose veins
  • Musculoskeletal conditions
  • Anxiety / Depression
  • Severe Itching
  • Small-for-date babies
  • Induction / Labour
  • Heartburn
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Fatigue / Exhaustion
  • Insomnia
  • Sinusitis
  • Oedema
  • Postnatal treatment

It is essential that you inform your Acupuncturist if you are pregnant.
There are particular acupuncture points that are forbidden during gestation, which if used, can induce abortion. There are also other points which help prevent miscarriage. Acupuncture is safe used by a trained professional.

Musculoskeletal

Backache, rib, shoulder, carpal tunnel pain, neck, hip, pelvic pain, leg cramps, and sciatica usually respond well.

Breech

Acupuncture can help a mother avoid a Caesarean section by turning a 'breech' presentation foetus, the success rate is high, and it is safe, effective and painless. The midwife should be notified first for approval. The
optimum time for this is wk 34-36, before the baby grows too large. It is also sometimes successful as late as 38-39wks, especially if the woman has had previous babies. The technique is not suitable for mothers with high blood pressure, infection or those expecting twins.

Prebirth Acupuncture

Weekly treatments from wk 36-37 gestation is accepted practice in German hospitals, to prepare the mother's body for an efficient, more relaxed and quicker birth. Midwives report a reduced rate of medical intervention, and a shorter active labour in mothers who received acupuncture.

Induction / Labour

Induction refers to initiating labour artificially. Acupuncture is commonly used in China to induce a more comfortable labour, shorter, less painful, less stressful and less likelihood of post-partum haemorrhage.

Post-Natal:

Subsequent to the initial three days following childbirth, Acupuncture can treat fatigue, depression, mastitis, insufficient / excess lactation and improve mother's recovery rate.

(see 'resources' Dietary advice in Pregnancy)