Acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment during pregnancy.  It can provide relief from symptoms during pregnancy and support the Mom's health so she can support the growing baby.  Many pregnant women find the treatments to be deeply relaxing and therapeutic for various complaints.

 

Applications of Acupuncture during Pregnancy:

  • Back pain, Sciatica
  • High blood pressure
  • Nausea, Vomiting
  • Stress, anxiety
  • Headache

  • Insomnia
  • Anemia
  • Carpal Tunnel
  • Heartburn
  • Bell's Palsy

Labour Preparation & Encouragement

Labour Preparation treatments can be applied at 37 weeks to help mom's body prepare for childbirth.  Points may be selected to encourage cervical ripening, promote deep relaxation, increase mom's energy, and relieve pain or discomfort.  The goal is not to encourage labour to happen sooner, but to prepare Mom physically and emotionally to allow her body to do the work.   

A note on “labour induction” with Acupuncture:

Acupuncture has been known for “inducing” labour. We do not often do this in treatment until necessary, generally to avoid a medical induction. If you are hoping to avoid a medical induction, then your practitioner may be able to use points to encourage labour. This would happen up to a few days before the scheduled induction.

 

Common Applications for Acupuncture during Late pregnancy and Labour: 

  • Breech or posterior positions
  • Stress
  • Fatigue, poor sleep
  • Labour preparation
  • Labour Pain & Discomfort
  • Cervical ripening

For more information on acupuncture during pregnancy


Postpartum

The postpartum period is sometimes considered the fourth trimester.

 

Postpartum Acupuncture can be used for overall health, or specific complaints including:

  • Fatigue
  • Postpartum blues
  • Low milk supply
  • Digestive issues
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Nourishing 'Qi & Blood'
  • Re-establishing a menstrual cycle

"Women who have had acupuncture preparation in the pregnancy are likely to have significantly shorter labours. This is particularly noticeable with first labours where the average length of established labour is between four and six hours. It seems that acupuncture helps to regulate contractions and women appear to labour more efficiently. The beneficial effects increase with an increased number of treatments. The number of women experiencing long latent phases of labour has now also decreased."
-Lisa Errol, Independent Midwife, New Zealand
 
"Acupuncture also has its uses in the postnatal period. It can assist lactation and let-down. It can also be used in the treatment of blocked milk ducts. It is useful in restoring a mother’s energy level after birth and promoting her general recovery and wellbeing. It may also be helpful in reducing the emotional swings that some women experience early and later in the postpartum period so it may have a role in reducing the likelihood of postnatal depression in susceptible women."
-Lisa Errol, Independent Midwife, New Zealand