Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life but also a period where your body undergoes some intense physical, hormonal, and psychological changes. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have been used in China for thousands of years to help a wide range of conditions and symptoms which women may suffer from pregnancy, as well as assist in the healthy growth and development of the fetus.

At Acu8 Health, Our practitioners see pregnant women as part of their daily practice so you can be confident that we are experienced in guiding you through all aspects of your pregnancy journey. Our pregnancy acupuncture may help with:

  • Back Pain/Sciatica/Headache;
  • Morning sickness/Heartburn/Constipation;
  • Fatigue/Oedema;
  • Insomnia/Stress/Depression/Anxiety;
  • Breech Birth/Labour Induction

Acupuncture could support your pregnancy by addressing these trimester symptoms

First trimester – sets the foundation for a healthy pregnancy. It may alleviate morning sickness, vomiting, fatigue and headaches.

Second trimester – offers relief and balances the body from common complaints. It may help alleviate heartburn, haemorrhoids, stress, sleep problems, oedema and headache.

Third trimester – prepares the body for labour and delivery, it may help alleviate sciatica, hip joint, pubic and back pain.

Breech babies

Breech presentations affect 4% of pregnancies but most of the time the baby turns herself by the 36th week. If the baby continues to be breech, most obstetricians will  suggest a C-section so its worth trying some natural way to get the baby to turn if you can. In Acu8 Health, We use a well known acupuncture and moxibustion protocol which involves applying heat from the burning of the herb mugwort to an acupoint just outside the nail of the little toe. It is best if the treatment is undertaken between 33 and 37 weeks.

Labor induction

we recommend patients begin once or twice weekly acupuncture sessions starting at 36 weeks. This is to prepare your mind and body for birth. Our experienced practitioners found that patients who follow this schedule experience a smoother labour and tend to spontaneously go into labour closer to their due date.

If your due date has passed, acupuncture maybe a good choice to induce labour through gentler ways than traditional Western labour-inducing treatments and medications.

Acupressure also could be used to help control pain, calm the mind and reduce stress during delivery.

After baby has arrived

It’s important to recover properly after childbirth. Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medication may help you heal and regain your strength and vitality, rebalance your energy, boost your body’s defences, and help address concerns such as shoulder & back pain, fatigue, prolonged bleeding, night sweats and Post–partum depression.

FAQ

Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to regulate the female reproductive system. Acupuncture and TCM are based on the concept that Qi(pronounced “Chee”) or vital energy, flows through the body in channels called meridians. Practitioners of acupuncture and TCM work to balance the Qi in the body’s meridian and organ systems by manipulating corresponding points on the body.

For a healthy pregnancy, We recommend weekly appointments during the first trimester of pregnancy, and monthly appointments during the second and early third trimester. Treatment is often recommended once or twice weekly from 36 weeks pregnant. However this can vary from patient to patient and our experienced and caring practitioner will tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs and choose acupoints based on your unique symptoms and concerns.

Yes, acupuncture is safe during the whole pregnancy.

Some acupuncture points should not be used during pregnancy, it’s important to choose a practitioner experienced in pregnancy acupuncture.

It’s also important to discuss any treatments or herbal supplements with all of your pregnancy health care providers.

Let acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine aid in your efforts to conceive and carry a healthy pregnancy to term.

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