Pregnancy

 

 

 

Pregnancy acupuncture is a gentle and safe form of treatment. I have undertaken specialist postgraduate training so am qualified to treat women throughout their pregnancy, from the first few weeks, easing the many symptoms that can arise in pregnancy, to helping to prepare for labour, and postpartum care. 

 

 

Acupuncture can be used to support many pregnancy related symptoms such as:

nausea

lack of energy

heartburn

constipation

anxiety

sinusitis

breech babies

restless legs

aches and pains

varicose and vulvar veins

haemorrhoids

 

Breech babies

When a baby is lying in a breech presentation, we can burn a herb called moxa (mugwort) near a point on the little toe, to help encourage the baby to move into the correct position. Ideally treatment starts from 34 weeks, but can also be started later in the pregnancy. During the acupuncture the session, I show the client how to use the moxa and treatment can continue at home for 20 minutes every day for 10 days.

It is a very safe and effective treatment, however there are are a few contra indications including:

a previous c section

uterine abnormalities such as fibroids

multiple pregnancy 

low lying placenta

hypertension

Please contact me to discuss if you are concerned. Acupuncture can be used as an alternative and is a very effective support to the moxa.

 

Labour preparation

A course of weekly pre birth sessions can be given from 36 weeks to help prepare the body and mind for labour. Points are selected to help assist the ripening of the cervix and uterus, ease anxiety or frustration and help enhance the prospects of an efficient labour. 

 

Post natal treatment

This is an important time for women to adjust to becoming a mother and allowing the body to slowly recover. Receiving acupuncture at this time can be very restorative and help to normalise the systems and minimise after pains. 'Mother warming' with moxa and acupuncture around day four to five post birth is great to help energise and aid recovery. Sessions can also treat many of the physical symptoms that can arise such as night sweats, exhaustion, pain, insufficient lactation, and mastitis.

 

Emotional support is also key at this time where feelings of anxiety, fear, failure if the birth didn't go as planned, and feelings of being overwhelmed are very common. 

 

 

 

 

Victoria Busk        07957 985622             acupuncture.vb@gmail.com