Acupuncture is only used on an as-needed basis during pregnancy. Treatments are shorter than usual and work with minimal stimulation on a number of points known to be safe in pregnancy.
From the first trimester, acupuncture can help with: ☯ Nausea and vomiting (including morning sickness)
☯ Anxiety and depression
It can also be used to treat conditions linked to later stages of pregnancy like:
☯ Body aches and pain (ribs, neck, lower back)
routine preparation for childbirth
Acupuncture can be used to help prepare the body for delivery. Treatment is given once a week from week 37 or 38 until delivery. The selection of points help tonify qi and blood in the body, relax ligaments and (if necessary) encourage the descent of the baby.
Acupuncture and moxibustion can be used to help turn a breech baby. This involves burning moxa (a chinese herb) over an acupuncture point on the small toe for 20 minutes a day for 10 days. This protocol can either be done entirely at the practice or as a combination of a visit to the practice plus home treatment. The optimum time to begin treatment is at 34 weeks, but the process can be effective as late as 38/39 weeks.
Acupuncture can also be used to encourage natural induction when labour is not progressing naturally and a medical induction has been planned. Please talk to your midwife to be sure she is happy with acupuncture support prior to a medical induction.
acupressure support during labour
Details of how your partner can support you during labour using acupressure is available on the site thanks to a special free pdf put together by leading world expert in the field, Debra Betts. An app is also available for download from acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz. If you want further help identifying and locating points, or practicing suitable pressure, I’m happy to provide practical sessions for both partners.