Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for Pregnancy
Pregnancy is such an amazing time in a woman’s life. There is so much changing and occurring on many levels, which can bring with them, struggles both physically and emotionally.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is a complete medical system that has been used to regulate the female reproductive system and facilitating pregnancies for many centuries and views the body as a whole. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine is able to encourage the body’s own energy and healing response to naturally release blockages that may be impinging or obstructing normal circulation causing pain and other conditions. It can also help to build up many of the normal processes are cut short which can affect lactation and healing post-operative as a result.
What to expect from your Acupuncture Treatment
Many people look forward to their treatments because they walk away with the feeling of being so relaxed, calm and happy. Other benefits can include better sleep, increased energy, better digestion, less pain and feeling more connected with your baby and in-tune with your energy where it may be lacking in the aim of optimizing the health of your pregnancy and the health of your growing baby. Our aim is to encourage a smooth pregnancy followed by a safe and continual labour in order to support the incredible transition into motherhood. So in supporting your health you are also supporting the health and the potential of the new and precious life you have conceived.
Commonly we see conditions such as:
- Morning sickness
- Nausea, Dizziness and Fatigue
- Threatened miscarriage
- Anxiety, insomnia and depression
- Back pain, sciatica and hip pain
- Reflux and digestive difficulties
- Headaches and migraines
- Breech or malposition baby
- Varicose veins and oedema
- Pelvic instability and joint pain
- Haemmhorids and constipation
- Labour preparation treatments starting at week 36, induction treatment and more.
Regular treatments throughout pregnancy can help to balance your body’s functioning within each trimester and help to alleviate symptoms.
Research has shown that with acupuncture and moxibustion treatment for breech presentation babies you can expect to have a 75% chance of bubba turning naturally if you begin treatment before 36weeks gestation.
(Source: Vas J, Aranda JM, Nishishinya B, et al. Correction of nonvertex presentation with moxibustion: A systematic review andmeta-analysis. American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2009;201(3), 241-59.)
It is our wish to help mothers make the smoothest transition possible into motherhood, which means working towards a balanced state of health before the birth.
Looking after your hips and back so they may open and move easily. Ensuring you have plenty of energy are sleeping well and feeling calm.
Usually we begin birth preparation treatments from about 36 weeks depending on your situation to ensure that your hormones are flowing correctly and building plentifully to help bring your body easily to a state of pre-labour. Building hormones this way is also crucial before a Cesarean Section as conditions, complex chronic and autoimmune diseases, cancer support, digestive and musculoskeletal conditions. Nicola understands that no two people are the same and will work diligently to tailor treatments to your specific needs, with a focus on prevention and dietary understanding. Nicola’s goal is to create a partnership in your healthcare, where you truly feel that you play an important role on your path to good health.