Pregnancy & Childbirth

pregnancy acupuncture

CONGRATULATIONS on your recent pregnancy! Finding out that you are pregnant can be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. You may be feeling excited, anxious, happy and overwhelmed all at the same time. Many women wonder how they will cope with pregnancy never mind caring for a newborn. Don’t worry it is normal to have these feelings.

Along with all the excitement of pregnancy can come some unwanted symptoms like nausea or back pain. These symptoms are very common during pregnancy and acupuncture is a safe treatment that has been used for over 2000 years to alleviate these conditions during pregnancy, labour and postpartum.

Unlike Western drugs, acupuncture is safe and non-invasive. It is has been used for over 2000 years to alleviate conditions associated with pregnancy including:

  • Anaemia
  • Anxiety
  • Breech Baby (from 33 weeks)
  • Birth Preparation treatments (reduces duration of birth, ripens cervix)
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Constipation
  • Colds & Flu
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Hay Fever
  • Heartburn
  • Hypertension
  • Induction treatments– getting labour started naturally
  • Insomnia
  • Itching
  • Irritable Uterus
  • Miscarriage Prevention
  • Morning Sickness
  • Nausea
  • Optimal positioning of your bub for birth
  • Pain (back, hips, legs, ribs, neck, shoulder, pubis)
  • Reflux
  • Sinusitis
  • Small-For-Dates babies
  • Swelling / Oedema
  • UTI – Urinary Tract Infections
  • Vaginal Itching
  • Varicose Veins
  • Vulval Varicosities
  • Vomiting

Treatment Plan for a healthy, natural pregnancy:

First Trimester
Weekly acupuncture treatments until week 12 of your pregnancy. Acupuncture can help prevent miscarriage, manage nausea and vomiting, increase energy, prevent constipation and bloating, and reduce anxiety and help with sleep.

Second Trimester
Every 4 weeks or weekly acupuncture treatment depending on individual needs. Acupuncture can help maintain health and prevent common pregnancy symptoms like back pain, hip pain, cramps, stress, pelvic pain, sciatica, indigestion, insomnia.

Third Trimester
Weekly treatments starting at 32 weeks if your baby is in the breech presentation, otherwise weekly treatments at 36, 37, 38, 39, 40 weeks.

Acupuncture can help optimally position the baby, ripen the cervix, boost energy reserves, reduce anxiety, calm your mind, manage oedema, reduce high blood pressure and lessen duration of labour.

Natural induction treatments twice a week after 40 weeks, really get things moving and help to prevent medical intervention.

Fourth Trimester
Weekly treatments at 2-4 weeks postpartum to help increase milk production, prevent postpartum depression, restore energy, support the healing process from tearing or Cesarian birth.

For more pregnancy info check out our RED TENT HEALTH CENTRE website.

Testimonials:

-I’ve found Emma’s gentle acupuncture so supportive in getting me through weeks 6-13 of my pregnancy. I had severe nausea and anxiety. I’ve never had acupuncture before and had no idea that it was so effective…Thanks so much! (GP, Chatswood, 2013)

-At 37 weeks pregnant I received a beautiful acupuncture treatment from Emma today. I left feeling relaxed and uplifted. the treatment helped with centering and relaxing all the anxieties around my up and coming birth. It also greatly reduced the swelling in my hands and feet. The night after the treatment I actually felt my bub drop into the lower pelvis! Pretty great! Emma, you and your magical pins are a dream! Thanks you for all your wonderful treatments and helpful advice you’ve given me over the course of my pregnancy.  (Bel Llyod, 2013)

-Emma supported me through my first pregnancy, significantly reducing my horrible morning sickness and anxiety.  (Celia Evans, 2012)

Breech Story:

Danielle came in at 38 weeks with a breech. Emma gave her an acupuncture treatment and take
home moxa sticks. Danielle’s partner held the heating moxa sticks over a special acupuncture point
to turn breech babies for 20 minutes for the next five days. On the 5th day the baby turned into
a perfect anterior facing cephalic (downward) position. She was due for an exterior cephalic ECV
the following day and was overjoyed that this procedure was no longer necessary. Danielle had
one more acupuncture treatment and then had a natural, efficient delivery that didn’t require any
interventions at 40 weeks

Danielle said, ‘I will always be grateful that she turned in the last week! The combination of
acupuncture, osteopathy and hypno-birthing exercises seemed to pay off! Thanks, Emma, for all your help
and positivity the recovery is going well.’

Research:

Breech babies study

A 1998 study in Italy showed that 75% of breech babies turn using Acupuncture between 33 and 36 weeks.

Cardini F Weixin H Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation: a randomized control trial. JAmA 1998 Nov11,280 (18): 1580-4

Acupuncture and morning sickness

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy

Smith et al. (2002) published two articles from their research on nausea and vomiting in pregnancy. They first looked at the effectiveness of acupuncture and the second at the safety of acupuncture treatment in early pregnancy.

Acupuncture for Depression During Pregnancy: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Acupuncture and pelvic pain in pregnancy

Acupuncture was superior to stabilising exercises in the management of pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy, with acupuncture the treatment of choice for patients with one sided sacroiliac pain, one sided sacroiliac pain combined with symphysis pubis pain and bilateral sacroiliac pain.
Elden et al. (2005) published a randomised single blind controlled trial involving 386 pregnant women in the British Medical Journal.

Acupuncture for Prebirth Treatment: An Observtional Study of its use in Midwifery Practice


Article by Debra Betts: The use of acupuncture as a Routine Pre-birth Treatment
Oct 2004.

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