Acupuncture for pregnancy relief
Pregnancy is a time of extraordinary physical and emotional change. It’s also a time when it’s more important than ever to support and care for your well-being. Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) can help you meet the unique challenges of pregnancy, hence ensuring optimal health for you and your baby, in natural and painless way.
Acupuncture for pregnancy- what to expect?
Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi (pronounced “Chee”) or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM work to balance the Qi in the body’s meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body.
Relief for common concerns
Regular balancing treatments throughout your pregnancy can enhance you and your baby’s health, potentially preventing complications and positively influencing the development of your baby. It is common for you to face anxiety, fatigue, back hip pain, heartburn, nausea, and other discomfort. Acupuncture has been found to relieve those symptoms.
During pregnancy acupuncture can help with
- Relieve pain – including headache, sciatica pain, hip joint pain, pubic and back pain.
- Relieve symptoms of nausea, heart burn, constipation
- Relax, reduce symptoms of anxiety
- Improve your sleep and energy
- 3rd trimester – reduce swelling legs arms, and prepare for labor.
Morning sickness responds particularly well to acupuncture. We give diet and other managing advices. We can show you some acupuncture points for you or your partner to massage at home.
Traditionally some specific acupuncture points and techniques are used to turn “breech babies” (those positioned feet first).
There are limited evidence for supporting moxibustion for correct breech presentation. There is some evidence to suggest that the use of moxibustion may reduce the need for oxytocin. When combined with acupuncture, moxibustion may result in fewer births by caesarean section; and when combined with postural management techniques may reduce the number of non-cephalic presentations at birth, however, there is a need for well-designed randomised controlled trials to evaluate moxibustion for breech presentation which report on clinically relevant outcomes as well as the safety of the intervention.
A multi-centre randomised controlled trial in 2013 found that moxibustion at acupuncture point BL67 is able to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33 and 35 weeks of gestation. Researchers believe that moxibustion represents a treatment option that should be considered to achieve version of the non-vertex fetus. The treatment causes little adverse side effects.
Acupuncture and acupressure can also be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress before and during delivery.
If your due date has passed, acupuncture can be used in an attempt to encourage the start of labour
There are mixed result of the efficacy of acupuncture labor induction, however some research found acupuncture may increase the degree of cervical ripening.
Acupuncture weekly from 34~35th week is recommended.
After baby has arrived
It’s important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture can help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, rebalance your energy, boost your body’s defences, and help address concerns such as pain, fatigue, and Post–partum emotional issues.
Acupuncture and TCM provide a natural, gentle way to care for your health and that of your baby, throughout your pregnancy and beyond.
If you want to know if acupuncture TCM can help your pregnancy, or considering having a baby, Contact us now
Frequently Asked Questions
How often can I have acupuncture, how many sessions do I need?
For a healthy pregnancy, we recommended once a month treatment, and weekly from 35th week preparing for labor. However, your practitioner will tailor your treatment entirely to your needs and choose points based on your symptoms and concerns.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Acupuncture during pregnancy has no harm to the baby and pregnancy. Some acupuncture points should not be used during pregnancy, it’s important to choose a practitioner experienced in prenatal acupuncture.
Occasionally bleeding bruising or soreness may occur at the insertion sites. However with a good acupuncturist the risk can be reduced to minimal and usually no damage to your body.
All of our acupuncturist are well trained fully qualified and experienced practitioners and safety if our first priority at Almond Wellness Centre.
It’s also important to discuss any treatments or herbal supplements with all of your prenatal health care providers.