Pregnancy is such exciting and special time in your life. By looking after your health and wellbeing, you are looking after the health of your growing baby.
It is such a joy for me to provide acupuncture to pregnant women and help make their pregnancy as smooth sailing and enjoyable as possible.
The great strength of acupuncture is not only its effectiveness, but also the fact that it is totally natural, drug-free, safe for you and your baby and free from side effects, which makes it the treatment of choice during pregnancy.
Acupuncture can effectively resolve or ease many of the common discomforts associated with pregnancy. But beyond alleviating specific symptoms, acupuncture can restore balance and harmony allowing you to have the best pregnancy and birth possible.
In a healthy pregnancy, I would recommend weekly treatments until week 12, twice-weekly or monthly treatments from week 13 to 35, and finally weekly treatments from week 36 to 40 to prepare for childbirth.
Acupuncture treatments are very relaxing and enjoyable. It’s one hour of me-time for you to sit back, relax, and feel confident that you are doing the best for yourself and your baby.
Acupuncture for Breech Baby
Chinese medicine has been using moxibustion to successfully turn breech babies for thousands of years. Moxibustion for breech treatment consists of lighting a moxa stick (mugwort herb) and holding it over a specific acupuncture point to gently warm the area. Treatment needs to be carried out for 20 minutes each day for 10 consecutive days.Breech treatment in clinic combines acupuncture with moxibustion to facilitate the turning process. This will be a unique pregnancy acupuncture treatment designed to not only relax you, but also to give you and your baby the energy boost needed for an efficient turn. I will also teach you how to do the moxa yourself, provide you with sticks and written instructions so that you can confidently continue the treatment at home.
When to come for treatment
For many women, breech position is first mentioned at 32 weeks and then confirmed at 36 weeks. While it is true that 32 weeks is too early to panic, it is not too early to be pro-active. I recommend getting in touch as soon as you know that your baby is breech. This is because moxibustion has been shown to be most successful at 33-34 weeks when there is still plenty of room for baby to turn. Also, you will need to allow 10 consecutive days for 1 course of moxa, so best to start early.Moxibustion is still quite effective later in pregnancy, so it is still helpful to come in for treatment no matter how close to your due date.
Acupuncture for Pre-Birth & Induction
Acupuncture is fast becoming the treatment of choice for women looking to avoid a medical induction.
It can prepare you physically by helping to soften and ripen the cervix, helping to support the ligaments as they stretch to widen the pelvis, helping the baby to descend into the pelvis in an optimal position, as well as boosting your energy levels.
All this leads to spontaneous onset of labour, as well as efficient, shorter and more manageable births.It also prepares you emotionally by removing fear, building your confidence and keeping you relaxed. Treatments are so relaxing and such a lovely thing to do for you and your baby. You’ll be able to benefit from my GentleBirth Instructor knowledge and approach birth in a relaxed and confident manner.
When to come for treatment
The sooner the better. Pre-birth treatments are generally started in the last month of pregnancy, around 36-37 weeks. Acupuncture is a very effective therapy, but is is also very gentle and cummulative. Starting around this time will give you the best preparation. Women who are struggling or finding it difficult are advised to start at 34 weeks to allow enough time to to replenish energy levels, even more so if required to work until 38 weeks. But no matter how late in pregnancy you are, it is never too late! Even 1 or 2 sessions can make a significant difference. especially if you are looking to avoid a medical induction.
Acupuncture for Post-natal Care
I would consider the post-natal period to be the 4th trimester of pregnancy. It is a crucial time when women should not only recover from childbirth, but also compensate for being pregnant for 9 months and adapt to the new demands of motherhood. It is a time when women should look after themselves and rest as much as possible. In Chinese medicine, the first 3 days post birth are considered a time of elimination. These 3 days are followed by 30 days of tonification, when the mother builds up her energy and vitality lost during pregnancy and childbirth.
Postnatal tonification treatment “Mother warming” or “mother roasting” is a once off moxibustion treatment given 5 to 7 days after childbirth. A moxa stick (mugwort) is lit up and held over the lower abdomen and lower back to warm up these areas. Mother warming is then followed by a course of 4 or 5 weekly acupuncture treatments designed to energise new mums and help them with recovery.
Post-natal depression The first few days after childbirth are often filled with highs and lows, with many swings between the two and the “baby blues” kicking in around day 3. These mood swings are associated with changes in hormone levels and exhaustion after pregnancy and childbirth. Acupuncture treatment at this stage consists of restoring adequate hormone levels and bringing the body and mind back into balance.
Breastfeeding Acupuncture can help resolve many breastfeeding issues including low milk supply, engorged breasts, blocked ducts, mastitis, irritated and sore nipples. Acupuncture is particularly effective for treating insufficient lactation.