Pregnancy & Acupuncture

With her combined knowledge in midwifery Donna is able to give you the relief and benefits acupressure and acupuncture can bring you in pregnancy leaving you feeling relaxed and invigorated.

Pregnancy and Acupuncture

Acupuncture is very successful when treating the pregnant woman. Acupuncture brings relief from many pregnancy related problems without the risks to the baby which may be associated with drug use.

Acupuncture can be used to treat morning sickness, musculoskeletal conditions, heartburn, headaches, constipation, varicose veins, fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression, breech/malposition and more. Women find acupuncture very relaxing and gentle even if they have initially thought they would be afraid of the needles. Acupuncture needles are very fine, unlike injections which are very different. Monthly treatments are recommended during pregnancy to maintain a healthy balance for women and babies.

Nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting, especially ‘morning sickness’, are common during pregnancy – particularly in the first trimester. Women have varying degrees of morning sickness or all day sickness. Small protein snacks every two to three hours may provide some relief. This typically gives a very good response to keeping the blood sugars stable and can make the difference to how well women feel. Avoid large meals and greasy, highly spiced foods.  Some women find lemon juice in water helpful. Relax rest and get into the fresh air as much as possible. Remember you are growing a new life so where possible have a rest throughout the day.

Acupuncture is able to relieve you with your nausea and vomiting. Some women find this extremely useful to be seen weekly in the first trimester. Remember you are growing a new life so where possible have a rest.

Heartburn

Heartburn is common in pregnancy because, as the baby grows, there is more pressure on the abdomen. Small, frequent meals may be better than large meals. Try to avoid spicy and greasy foods, bread, and caffeine, bending or lying down after meals.

Some women find apple cider vinegar helpful. A capful in water to taste when experiencing can relieve heartburn.  A warm drink can be made with cider vinegar and lemon with honey if desired. Drink twice a day.

Anxiety, stress and restless sleep

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Women have great results with reducing their stress and anxiety, relieving stress and helping get better sleep with acupuncture. Sometimes in pregnancy one can feel overwhelming with the changes in one’s life, body and coping with the demands of working and life in general. Acupuncture can bring relief to your anxiety and assist with maintaining the pregnancy.

You can try taking some magnesium an hour before bed. Magnesium helps support the nervous system helping us relax when we sleep.

Hip, sciatica, back and symphysis pain

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Acupuncture can bring great relief to hip, sciatica, back and symphysis pain. Women can get relief in a couple of sessions.
No need to put up with aching, tossing and turning at night.

I also recommend exercises to gently move the pelvis back and forward as this allows for good blood flow into the pelvic region. Posture is very important, so getting mother and baby into the right habits through the pregnancy, can make all the difference to improving that aching back or hips and increase normal birth outcomes.

Optimum baby position

Optimum position of your baby encourages labour to commence along with lessoning the length of the labour. Acupuncture can assist in this process particularly if your baby is in a posterior position. Posterior position is when your baby's back is lying against your back with its head down. Acupuncture can help change this which will also allow for less pelvic and lower back pain, and assist in an easy labour.

Labour Preparation

We offer weekly pre-birth treatments from 36 weeks onwards to prepare the expectant mother for labour.  Studies show that pre-birth treatments reduce the duration of labour.  Feedback also suggests that pre-birth treatments reduce the likelihood of needing an induction or other medical intervention.  We also try to find one session when a birthing partner can accompany you, so that they can be shown highly effective acupressure points to use for pain relief during labour along with some breathing exercises.

Gentle labour Induction

Acupuncture can also be used to induce labour.  It is best to come for treatment at least 3 days before the planned medical induction.  Some will go into labour within hours of treatment, whereas some will need two or three treatment sessions, therefore it is better not to leave it until the night before you are scheduled to be medically induced (although I have had success under those circumstances too!).  Even if labour does not commence spontaneously following acupuncture treatment, the feedback from midwives is that women have a more efficient labour following administration of prostaglandin than women with no prior acupuncture treatment, and less intervention required.

After Baby is born

baby-is-bornPostnatally, there are treatments to assist in recovery and ensure a woman’s body gets back the energy necessary to get on with the demands being a parent. Traditional Chinese Acupuncture has a particular treatment to assist in the body’s recovery following childbirth which allows women to have the energy to breastfeed and feel healthy and balanced and connected with her baby.

Breast feeding and lactation can also be assisted by increasing the milk supply. It is important for women to eat and drink well following childbirth. A diet high in protein can make the difference to the milk supply. I encourage women to have six meals when breast feeding. Morning tea, afternoon tea and supper can simply be a protein smoothie which can be made up daily so to allow for a quick meal. A breastfeeding tea high in fennel can also assist in increasing milk supply.

 

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