Acupuncture During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a wonderful time in a woman’s life, but also a very physically and emotionally demanding time. Many pregnant women suffer from fatigue, nausea, backache and other conditions that are considered to be a "normal" part of pregnancy.
Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective way to address these issues and others since pregnant women are quite limited with western medical treatments. Pregnancy is a time when many women look for natural remedies and non-invasive, drug-free treatments so as to not cause any harm or risk to the baby.
Breech babies are ideally treated between 34 - 36 weeks gestation. This is often a one off treatment with women being shown how to continue treatment at home with a moxa stick (slow burning therapeutic herb called mug worth). The moxa stick is lit and held over specific places in the body to stimulate the acupuncture points.
Pre-Birth treatment involves a series of treatments weekly from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labour. Points are used according a woman's constitution and pregnancy history. These include points to ripen the cervix, to help position the baby in the best presentation for labour and to promote optimal energy and stamina for women to enter into labour. Since the introduction of acupuncture during the last four weeks of pregnancy in New Zealand midwifery records have demonstrated a marked reduction in caesarean sections and forceps intervention.