Pregnancy Support

Pregnancy, although a beautiful state, can also bring its challenges.  Our practitioners are highly experienced at supporting women throughout all stages of pregnancy.

We can assist you with the discomforts and ailments that may occur during your pregnancy.

In Chinese medicine a woman’s capacity to fall pregnant and give birth to a healthy child is mainly governed by the strength of her Kidney energies. The Kidney’s energy governs growth to maturity, fertility, reproduction, fluid metabolism, bone development and memory.  Other important organs are the Spleen which is in charge of digestion and the Liver which ensures the free movement of energy around the body.

Together these three organs ensure a woman can assimilate nutrients so that muscles, tissues and ligaments are nourished, supple and relaxed and that there is a smooth and even flow of blood throughout the body.

Pregnancy also comes with many physical and emotional changes and challenges such as:

 

  • Haemorrhoids
  • Acute / chronic back pain & sciatica
  • Cramps
  • Insomnia
  • Oedema & swelling
  • Anxiety
  • Pelvic pain

 

We believe that acupuncture can be highly beneficial during pregnancy, and your medical practitioner may recommend acupuncture and moxibustion to support your specialised care. Our acupuncturists will always work with your obstetrician and/or midwife to give you the best supportive care during your pregnancy.

 

Pre-birth preparation includes weekly acupuncture support starting at 34 weeks.  Traditionally this is thought to:

 

  • Prepare the pelvis and cervix for labour (‘cervical ripening’)
  • Encourage natural foetus position
  • Natural induction support (if given clearance by your obstetrician / midwife)
  • Assist with due date delivery

 

An observational study in 2004* reviewed the effects of pre-birth acupuncture with 169 women, compared to local population rates for gestation at onset of labour, incidence of medical induction, length of labour, use of analgesia and type of delivery.  In the acupuncture group there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of medical inductions, a 31% reduction in the epidural rate and a 9% increase in normal vaginal births.  This small observational study is promising however more research is still needed in this area.

 

Post-partum care may include:

  • General care and recovery techniques to improve overall health & vitality
  • Caesarean section – wound healing and overall restoration of blood circulation of abdomen
  • Supporting lactation
  • Relaxation & stress relief

 

 

 

 

 

*Betts D., Lennox S. Acupuncture for prebirth treatment:An Observational study of its use in midwifery practice. Medical acupuncture 2006 May;17(3):17-20.

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