Through Your Pregnancy
Acupuncture can be used safely to support you through your pregnancy and to prepare you for the birth of your baby.
It can help you with common pregnancy conditions such as nausea, headaches, body aches and pains, digestion problems, sleep problems and fatigue.
It also promotes relaxation which is helpful for those women experiencing anxiety during their pregnancy.
Turning Breach Babies
Alongside acupuncture, practitioners use a technique called moxibustion to help turn babies from breech to head down presentation.
Herbal moxa sticks are lit and used to warm specific acupuncture points. This helps to increase foetal movement which encourages the baby to turn. As moxibustion needs to be administered daily women are shown how to safely perform the technique at home.
Preparation for Labour
These treatments aim to prepare the body for labour and promote a natural labour where appropriate. The treatments are usually carried in the last few weeks of pregnancy. They encourage the body to naturally release the hormones that soften and ripen the cervix and the hormone that triggers contractions. They can also help to bring the baby into the best possible position for birth, help to relax muscles and tendons, calm the mind and strengthen energy levels in preparation for labour and birth.
Evidence shows that acupuncture can reduce the chance of going overdue and makes it less likely that birth will need to be induced. Acupuncture to induce a natural labour is only available from the baby’s due date.