It was during my first pregnancy I discovered acupuncture and used it as a way to relax and prepare my body and mind for birth. Three children and a BSc in Acupuncture later I find it one of my favourite areas to work and study in. Ever since that first treatment, acupuncture for positive pregnancy and birth has been a subject close to my heart and one I have experienced first hand and studied further.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Yes. As long as you are receiving acupuncture from a licensed practitioner and member of the British Acupuncture Councilacupuncture is a safe way to treat many of the common conditions experienced by pregnant women. Your practitioner will do a thorough consultation on your health both in pregnancy and before and an individual tailored plan will be developed.
What conditions can be treated?
Can it help induce labour?
Induction is a western medical treatment to start labour when it is deemed necessary for labour to begin. Acupuncture can’t work in the same way, however it is excellent for preparing the body and mind thus encouraging the woman into a relaxed, open space for entering into labour. There are specific acupuncture protocols which can encourage labour to begin. These acupuncture treatments work by turning off the stress hormones of the body (cortisol and adrenaline) and encourage the labour inducing hormones (oxytocin). This can then allow the body to spontaneously begin labour.
Can acupuncture help after labour?
Acupuncture can be a great post natal support. It can help new Mums recover strength and energy and maintain health when there are so many demands being placed on the body. It can be good for problems with breast feeding and any post delivery aches and pains.
For more information see the British acupuncture council website for their excellent fact sheet on acupuncture for pregnancy.
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