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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/pelvic pain
  • Sickness /nausea
  • Poor sleep
  • Stress and worries


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. Many women report that during and after moxa their baby becomes more active.

Moxa has been shown to emit long-wavelength infrared radiation and it is suggested that stimulation of the point BL 67 stimulates the production of maternal hormones (placental oestrogens and prostaglandin). It may encourage and stimulate fetal activity.



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