TCM Acupuncture during pregnancy offers women a drug free and side effect free alternative to managing their health and well-being. It can help quell pregnancy pain such as pelvic, lower back and rib pain, in addition to morning sickness and headaches. Acupuncture can help the body prepare for childbirth, easing and shortening the labour process and reducing the use and need for medical interventions.
During pregnancy, acupuncture has been shown to effectively treat the following conditions:
Morning sickness (nausea & vomiting)
Anxiety & Depression
Edema (fluid retention)
Pain – musculoskeletal conditions
Breech & posterior positions
One of the oldest applications of acupuncture is to effectively control and ease pain. Acupuncture improves circulation, thus reducing swelling and inflammation of the area of discomfort. Acupuncture is safe, gentle, and effective for treating:
• Neck and upper back pain
• Lower back and sciatica pain
• Leg cramps
• Rib pain
• Pubic symphysis pain
• Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Pregnancy – 1st Trimester
Acupuncture can provide relief for some of the most common complaints in early pregnancy, such as nausea, vomiting, morning sickness, headaches and exhaustion. In addition, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can reduce the chances of miscarriage, which is at highest risk during the first trimester.
Pregnancy – 2nd Trimester
During the second trimester, women experience a lot of changes in their body due to the growth of the baby. This can lead to back pain and the misalignment of posture. Acupuncture treatments can reduce or correct these conditions, and can also give relief from heartburn, hemorrhoids, anxiety and depression.
Pregnancy – 3rd Trimester
Acupuncture helps ease many of the discomforts of the 3rd trimester, such as back pain, sciatica, swelling, constipation, heartburn and insomnia. Acupuncture treatments can also gently prepare the body for labour by ripening the cervix and by teaching your body how to promote efficient contractions.Patients who get acupuncture throughout their pregnancy, especially the third trimester, report faster and less complicated deliveries.
Pregnancy – End Stage
A breech birth is complicated and painful for both the mother and baby. Instead of taking the wait-and-see approach, with acupuncture you can be proactive. Acupuncture and moxibustion have been used for thousands of years to turn breeched babies, with a very high success rate. The treatments are both safe to the mother and child. If your baby has not yet turned head down by 33 weeks, it is recommended to try acupuncture and moxibustion.
(also known as Cervical Ripening)
This consists of weekly treatments beginning at week 36 or 37. Treatments are tailored to each woman’s individual constitution. Pre-birth acupuncture is different to induction treatments. Pre-birth acupuncture is done to calm the sympathetic nervous and improve blood flow to the reproductive organs. In doing so it brings one out of the Flight or Flight response and into Rest and Digest and helps regulate hormones. During pre-birth acupuncture muscle tension and alignment can be addressed encouraging optimal fetal position. Pre-birth acupuncture supports what a women’s body is already doing and helps it happen more efficiently.
Advantages to pre-birth treatments
- Softening the cervix
- Encourage optimal fetal presentation for birth
- Increasing energy
- Improve stamina for labor
- Shorter labor times
- Reduced need for medical intervention
- Calming and centering the mind improving the birth experience