Acupuncture is a great drug free alternative for moms-to-be to turn to when they are experiencing problems during pregnancy. Many of the issues experienced during pregnancy can be relieved with a combination of acupuncture along with diet and lifestyle advice.
Common pregnancy problems that can be helped by Acupuncture:
- Morning sickness (nausea/vomiting)
- Emotions changes: stress/anxiety/depression
Acupuncture can also be used in a supportive role for birth preparation, breech presentation, labour induction, and for postpartum care.
What is acupuncture for birth preparation?
Pre-birth acupuncture is a way of prepping the body for birth. An acupuncturist looks for any imbalances that may be present and could potentially become a problem following birth. Pre-birth acupuncture is recommended as early as 32 weeks and continuing to 40 weeks as this corresponds to the physiology of the body changing in preparation for labour. Acupuncture can be used to help prepare for birth by regulating qi and blood flow with an emphasis on preparing the cervix and pelvis for labour.
How can Acupuncture be used for Induction?
The use of acupuncture for post due date labour induction is well known amongst most people. There are several points that can be used to promote labour naturally if a medical induction is being scheduled. Treatment may consist of 2-3 treatments on consecutive days plus acupressure to do at home. Induction treatments are less common following a pre-birth acupuncture routine.
Acupuncture for Breech Baby
The root cause of malposition (breech) in TCM is considered to result from deficient Kidney energy due to the Kidneys relationship to the uterus and its role in nourishing the fetus. It is said that “the yin of the Kidney nourishes and dominates the development and growth of the fetus though the pregnancy. As the birth date approaches and yin reaches its utmost, yang must begin to grow in order to turn the fetus and prepare for the intense activity of birth. If, towards the time of delivery, there is insufficient yang activity of the uterus, due to deficiency or stagnation, then yang must be stimulated”.
Intervention using moxabustion has been found to be most efficient at week 34 but can be attempted as late as 38 or 39 weeks. Treatment of breech presentation consists of an acupuncture treatment followed by a simple moxabustion procedure that will be taught to the woman to do at home for the next 10 days.
Acupressure for Labour
Acupressure in labour is a great way to involve a partner in labour for support and pain relief. Whether you are planning a drug free birth or not, the use of acupressure can be an option for relaxation, reduction in pain, and promoting an efficient labour. For this type of appointment it is a great idea to bring your partner to learn the uses and how to find the acupressure points so it is stress free during labour. This would be best booked around 36 weeks to allow time to practice at home as a couple.
Hopefully, this has given you an idea of how Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine can assist you during pregnancy. If you would like to book an appointment with me, you can do so here.