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:
Lack of energy
Aches and pains
Varicose and vulvar veins
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.
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 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 a few contra indications including:
A previous C section within the last 2 years
Uterine abnormalities such as fibroids
Low lying placenta
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.
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.