From the moment of conception your body undergoes enormous changes to allow it to grow, carry, birth and nurse a healthy baby. These changes put huge demands on your body. Using acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicines we can help support you through this amazing process.
Constipation, insomnia and sciatica are problems commonly encountered during a pregnancy all of which have been shown to respond to acupuncture.
Back and pelvic pain often become understandable problems late in a pregnancy as the hormone relaxin softens your ligaments and joints, your belly grows and your centre of gravity is pushed forward of its normal position. Acupuncture in particular is great for alleviating the pain.
At around 33weeks your baby is ideally positioned head down, if not it’s in breech position. While most babies will eventually move themselves into a head down presentation, a breech presentation is a major reason for the recommendation of caesarean section. In Chinese hospitals the application of moxibustion to the little toe is a technique that has been used to treat breech presentations for decades. The research to date, although promising, is not yet sufficient for this method to be incorporated into clinical practice guidelines for obstetricians in Australia, although the New Zealand clinical practice guidelines do recommend it.
Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are great for improving the efficiency of labour, making it shorter and less painful, (not easy but easier). A weekly treatment for the final three weeks of your pregnancy is what we like to recommend focussing on reducing stress, helping the baby into position and to help ripen the cervix and prepare the mother for the birth.