Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment as it offers women safe effective drug free relief for a multitude of conditions that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth. Conditions often regarded as part of normal pregnancy, for example morning sickness, sciatica and pelvic pain can not only improve with acupuncture treatments but also can be prevented from becoming serious enough to necessitate medical treatments.Acupuncture is becoming an increasingly popular treatment tool, in private acupuncture practices and hospitals, for pregnancy related conditions.
- Conditions Acupuncture can Treat During Pregnancy
- Prebirth Acupuncture
- Acupressure in labour and delivery
- Acupuncture for postnatal conditions
Conditions Acupuncture can Treat During Pregnancy
- Anxiety and depression
- Breech and Posterior positions.
- Delayed Labour
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Itching in pregnancy
- Musculoskeletal conditions
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pregnancy induced hypertension
- Small for dates babies
- Threatened Miscarriage
- Urinary tract infections
- Vaginal discharge and itching
- Varicose veins
- Vulva varicosities
Prebirth acupuncture refers to a series of treatments in the final weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth. Research has demonstrated that the mean duration of labour in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from eight hours and two minutes in the control group (70 women) to six hours and 36 minutes in the group of 70 women who had received prebirth acupuncture. It is an ideal method to help women prepare themselves to have the most efficient labour possible. It also reduces the rate of medical intervention.
For woman who are first time mothers or who have a history of difficult labours it is a good choice.
Typically the treatments are weekly starting at week 37 until delivery.
In Obstetrics, a medical induction refers to initiating labour artificially.
This usually involves the use of prostaglandins and possibly oxytocin.
The use of acupuncture before the induction date can often allow the woman to avoid medical induction.
Acupressure in labour and delivery
Acupressure which is the stimulation of acupuncture points with fingers can be very useful during the labour process, performed by a partner or helper it can greatly reduce pain and increase the efficiency of the labour.
In my clinic I encourage the partners to come in with the expectant mothers so I can show them how to use this technique during labour.
Acupuncture for postnatal conditions
A wide variety of postnatal conditions also can respond favourably to acupuncture, these include;
postnatal uterine contractions, cesarean incision pain and or numbness , difficulties with breast feeding , postpartum depression.