Acupuncture and pregnancy
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 a natural and drug free way.
Acupuncture in 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 stress, fatigue, back hip pain, heartburn, nausea, and other discomfort. Acupuncture has been found to relieve those symptoms.
During pregnancy acupuncture may be used for
- Relieve pain – including headache, sciatica pain, hip joint pain, pubic and back pain;
- Relieve symptoms of nausea, heart burn, constipation;
- Relax, reduce symptoms of stress and feeling anxious;
- Improve your sleep and energy;
- 3rd trimester – improve circulation, 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.
Moxibustion for breech babies?
Traditionally some specific acupuncture points and techniques are observed to encourage fetus’s movement for breech babies.
However there is no enough evidence supporting the use of moxibustion for breech baby.
A Cochrane review published in May 2012 found limited evidence to support the use of moxibustion for correcting 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.
“When the fruit is ripe, it falls from the tree” . When the baby is mature, he/she comes out naturally.
While some fruit doesn’t fall when is ripe already, some baby doesn’t come out when the due date has passed.
Although some research found acupuncture may increase the degree of cervical ripening, there is no solid evidence for acupuncture labor induction.
Acupuncture may be useful to prepare the labor in the last a few weeks of pregnancy.
It is believed to:
- Unblock the energy blockage;
- Relaxed the body physically and mentally.
So that the Mother-to-be have less discomfort, and enough energy for labor.
Acupuncture and acupressure may also be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress before and during delivery.
Acupuncture weekly from 34~35th week is recommended.
After baby has arrived
It’s important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture TCM may help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, rebalance your energy, boost your body’s defences. Acupuncture Chinese herbal medicine may 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.