How can Acupuncture help during pregnancy?

Many of our patients seek out our treatments for fertility, once that magic has happened many wonder if they should continue with acupuncture.

Acupuncture is wonderful during pregnancy and it can help address many issues depending on the stage you are at.

Throughout pregnancy acupuncture is helpful at reducing anxiety, maintaining circulation to prevent swelling and helping with fatigue and any muscles aches. If there are no specific concerns we recommend acupuncture one per month throughout your pregnancy for self care and to ensure the healthiest happiest pregnancy possible.

At specific times of pregnancy or if you are experiencing discomforts we may suggest increasing frequency to once per week.

These include:

The first trimester. 

During this time pregnancy can be particularly tough, many women experiencing nausea, vomiting and fatigue all whilst trying to hide the fact that they are pregnant from co workers and friends. Acupuncture can help reduce these symptoms.

We also suggest acupuncture weekly during this time for any of our patients who have had previous miscarriages. Acupuncture helps reduce anxiety surrounding this whilst also strengthening your body to help make the most hospitable place for your fetus to grow.

Pain during pregnancy.

Many women also experience muscle aches and pains as their body is changing and growing a little human. Acupuncture during pregnancy is very safe when performed by a Registered acupuncturist such as our team. It will help relax muscles and ease pain. The most common pain we see in pregnancy that we can help with include: neck, back, hips, shoulders or pubic symphysis pain

Prep for labour

We also use acupuncture to help you prep for labour and we often get referrals from midwives for this very thing. Our Pre birth treatments help prep a woman’s body and speed the ripening process. Points are used according to a woman’s constitution and pregnancy history and help ripen the cervix, position the baby in the best presentation for labour, relax the pelvic floor and promote optimal energy and stamina for women entering labour. We recommend these treatments once per week from 35 weeks gestation.