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Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Pre-birth acupuncture involves a series of acupuncture sessions in the third trimester. Acupuncture can be started from week 30. The process is aimed at building up the expectant mother’s strength for a more natural birth process.

Pre-birth Acupuncture is currently being used routinely in hospitals in China and Germany with positive results.

In China and Germany expectant mothers begin weekly acupuncture sessions at 36 weeks gestation and continue right through till birth.


When should I start my sessions?

You can start from week 30 fortnightly sessions building up to weekly sessions at week 36.


Can I address other health concerns?

Although it is common to use preparation points each treatment can be tailor to suit your specific needs. If you have hip pain for example, we can add some specific local hip points or use some massage during your session.

Common symptoms are:

  • Headache
  • Back pain
  • Hip pain
  • Pelvic instability
  • Heart burn
  • Poor sleep
  • Anxiety


Moxibustion treatment, what to expect?

The treatment involves the application of moxa to a particular acupuncture point located on the small toe bilaterally. Moxa is rolled Chinese mugwort which is burn beside the skin allowing the smoke and heat to stimulate the acupuncture point.

Moxa is applied for 20 minutes once a day for 10 days.

Your acupuncturist will teach you how to perform this at home. Most women report that during and after moxa the baby is very active.


Breech or posterior babies?

Traditionally in China moxibusion has been used on some special acupuncture point. It appears to stimulate the energy of productive system. Most women notice increasing movement of the baby during or after moxibution treatment. Turning of the baby may achieve after a few sessions.

Ideally Acupuncture and Chinese moxibusion would be started from Week 33 to Week 35. However some results can still be achieved after that.

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5. Rebecca Dekker Can Moxibustion Help Turn Breech Babies?

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