ACUPUNCTURE OFFERING A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE, DRUG-FREE TREATMENT OPTION DURING PREGNANCY

 

PREGNANCY & POST-PARTUM

Traditional Chinese Medicine has been used for over 3000 years to provide specialized care for women during pregnancy, birth and post-partum.

Today, many acupuncturists and specially trained midwives are using acupuncture and acupressure in Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Germany, France, England and Denmark.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine acupuncture and Chinese Herbs play a special part in the health and recovery of women’s well-being.  If adequate care is not taken problems may continue long after the birth, therefore, preventative care is essential to strengthen the mother and to deal with problems as they occur during pregnancy.

 

NAUSEA DURING PREGNANCY 

Acupuncture can be effective for reduction of  morning sickness – reducing severity and incidence (Smith, Crowther & Beilby (2002). “Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomised trial”.  Birth. 29(1):1-9).

 

BREECH & POSTERIOR BABIES

Research from Italy confirms that moxibustion can have a significant outcome in helping to turn breech babies.  Treatment is recommended at 33-35 weeks.  Techniques are also helpful for babies not in the optimal position prior to birth, such as posterior position and can be used in later pregnancy.  (Cardini, Weixin (1998).  “Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation”.  Journal American Medical Association.  280:1580-1584).

 

MUSCULAR-SKELETAL PAIN

Often women experience back pain, sciatica, symphystic pubis pain and sacroiliac pain.   Acupuncture can be used effectively to reduce this type of discomfort (Elden, Ladford, Fagevik, Ostaard, Hagberg.  “Effects of acupuncture and stabilizing exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain:  randomized single blind controlled trial”.  British Medical Journal:330(7494):761).

 

BIRTH PREPARATION

Acupuncture is recommended for labour preparation starting at 36 weeks and continued once weekly until birth.  Research carried out in Germany and New Zealand indicated that pre-birth acupuncture achieved a more active stage of labour with a reduction in number of women requiring medical intervention (Betts, Lenox (2006).  Acupuncture for Prebirth Treatment:  An Observational Study of its use in Midwifery Practice.  Medical Acupuncture Vo. 17. No 3).

 

LABOUR INDUCTION

Acupuncture is widely used as a safe, effective alternative to a medical induction.

 

NATURAL PAIN RELEIF DURING LABOUR

Acupuncture and acupressure offer a drug-free alternative for pain relief during the birthing process.  Acupressure is easy to use by support people or relatives (Chung (2003).  Effects of LI4 and BL67 Acupressure on Labour Pain and Uterine Contractions in the First Stage of Labour.  Nurs Res. 11(4):251-60.

 

OTHER PREGNANCY PROBLEMS

Acupuncture can be used to relieve other conditions during pregnancy including

  • anxiety
  • constipation
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • heartburn
  • haemorrhoids
  • insomnia
  • threatened miscarriage
  • hypertension

POSTNATAL CARE

To promote recovery after birth we can advise on special dietary requirements and strengthening and blood-building herbs.

We can also help with postnatal depression, urinary incontinence and insufficient lactation.