Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in traditional Chinese medicine as a window of opportunity to enhance the woman’s wellbeing and value is placed on promoting preventive care to strengthen the mother and baby.
During this special time, many women seek out alternatives to western medication or interventions and acupuncture is a gentle and effective alternative. For
women that have suffered miscarriages, acupuncture offers valuable support at this most upsetting time.
It is of great importance to address any issues as they arise, before they turn into a problem. However treatment can be used when there are no real issues since it will help limit the risks arising at a later stage and help the mother to relax.
Acupuncture can be effectively used throughout gestation to treat many pregnancy related conditions such as:
Nausea and sickness
Lack of energy
Varicose and vulvar veins
Receiving acupuncture at 12, 24 and 36 weeks is also highly recommended as these are important transition times in the course of the pregnancy. This can
greatly enhance the health of both mother and baby.
Moxibustion for breech babies
We use smokeless moxa sticks made up of the mugwort herb to warm the acupuncture point bladder 67. The herb is burned close to but not on the skin and
provides gentle warming stimulus to the point. It is a pleasant and simple treatment, and can be very effective in the turning of breech babies.
After this initial session, where I will also uses needles to support the treatment, moxa sticks are given to the mother to continue the treatment at home for ten
Preparation for labour
A course of pre-birth treatments can be given weekly from 36 weeks until delivery to help prepare the body for labour. Pre-birth treatments can help assist the ripening of the cervix and pelvis, ease anxiety or frustration and help enhance the prospects of an efficient labour.
Acupressure in labour
Acupressure is a non-invasive, partner involved technique providing pain relief and helping women to have an efficient labour. Workshops are taught in small groups to pregnant woman and their birthing partners usually from 36 weeks onwards. All the relevant points will be instructed so you feel confident at locating them on the body and a booklet will be provided for you to take away and practice at home.
This is an important time for women to adjust to becoming a mother and allowing the body to slowly recover. I strongly advocate a full 6 weeks to recover from childbirth to replenish the mothers energy and allow mother and baby time to bond.
Receiving acupuncture at this time can be very restorative and can help to normalize the systems and minimize after pains. 'Mother warming' with moxa and acupuncture around day four to five post birth is great to help energise and aid recovery, regulate temperature swings, treat mild postnatal depression, address any breast symptoms such as insufficient lactation, and mastitis.
I am a member of the Acupuncture Childbirth Team. We are a dedicated group of acupuncture practitioners working in London, committed to supporting your experience through all stages of conception, pregnancy, childbirth and postnatally. We have undergone specialist training in order to treat during pregnancy.