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ACUPUNCTURE IN PREGNANCY

Pregnant woman holding flower and her belly‘To be pregnant is to be vitally alive, thoroughly woman, and undoubtedly inhabited’.  Anne Buchanan & Debra Klingsporn

Pregnancy is a magical and special time. Sometimes, however, issues arise that make the mum-to-be ill or uncomfortable. Acupuncture is a safe and natural way to treat a number of pregnancy related symptoms, such as Threatened miscarriage, Nausea and vomiting, Lower back pain, Sciatica, Cramps, Carpal tunnel syndrome, Anxiety and depression, Anaemia, Fatigue and exhaustion, Insomnia, Heartburn, Constipation, Vaginal discharge and itching, Haemorrhoids, Oedema, Sinusitis

Louise has a special interest in the treatment of pregnancy-related symptoms with Acupuncture. If you have a question about a particular symptom, please email Louise

Breech and posterior positions

If you are hoping for a natural birth, it is always daunting to hear that your baby is breech in the last couple of months of pregnancy. Recent studies have found acupuncture (more specifically moxibustion) to be a safe and effective way to turn a malpositioned foetus. In an Italian study of 260 women experiencing their first pregnancy, 75% of those treated with acupuncture had their babies turn compared to only 47% in the control group with no treatment. In a similar Chinese study, 81% of the babies in the moxibustion group turned, compared to 49% in the control group.

During your consultation and treatment, Louise will demonstrate how to use the moxa sticks over a period of up to 10 days, until your baby has turned.

Acupuncture as a pre-birth treatment & to induce labour naturally

Research has shown that acupuncture can reduce average labour time, and improve chances of a natural birth. In a recent study, the average labour time in a group of women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours in the control group to 6 hours in those who received pre-birth acupuncture.

In preparation for birth, treatment is recommended weekly for 3-4 weeks from 36 weeks gestation. This helps to ripen and dilate the cervix, relax and soften the ligaments, regulate the hormones and reduce stress. Should medical intervention be required following the passing of the due date, acupuncture has been found to be very effective in inducing labour naturally.

Please feel free to email Louise should you wish to discuss your situation further.

To make an appointment, please call North Sydney Acupuncture on (02) 8904 0202 or Neutral Bay Acupuncture on (02) 9904 1333