Acupuncture is a traditional Chinese medicine practice that has been used for thousands of years to promote health and wellness. During pregnancy, acupuncture can provide a variety of benefits for both mother and baby. Here are 7 benefits of pregnancy acupuncture:
- Relieves morning sickness and nausea – Acupuncture can help alleviate the discomfort associated with morning sickness and nausea, which is a common symptom experienced by many women during pregnancy.
- Alleviates back pain and other discomfort – Pregnancy can cause a lot of stress on the body, leading to aches and pains in the lower back and other areas. Acupuncture can help to relieve this discomfort and improve overall comfort during pregnancy.
- Helps regulate hormones – Pregnancy causes a lot of hormonal changes in a woman’s body. Acupuncture can help to balance these hormones, which can lead to a smoother pregnancy experience.
- Enhances fertility – Acupuncture can be used to improve fertility in both men and women. For women, acupuncture can help to regulate the menstrual cycle and improve the chances of conception.
- Can reduce the risk of certain pregnancy complications – Acupuncture has been shown to reduce the risk of certain pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes.
- May shorten labor and delivery – Acupuncture can help to prepare the body for labor and delivery by relaxing the muscles and promoting a more efficient delivery. Some studies have also shown that acupuncture may shorten the length of labor.
- Can improve overall well-being and reduce stress during pregnancy – Pregnancy can be a stressful time for many women. Acupuncture can help to promote a sense of relaxation and well-being, which can help to reduce stress and improve overall health during pregnancy.
Overall, pregnancy acupuncture can provide many benefits for both mother and baby. If you are pregnant and are interested in acupuncture, it is important to consult with a licensed acupuncturist who is experienced in working with pregnant women. They will be able to customize a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific needs and concerns.
Women have been using pregnancy acupuncture as part of their pregnancy journey for centuries! Acupuncture is safe and effective.
Pregnancy acupuncture has been shown to be highly effective in alleviating nausea symptoms and is great because nothing has to be ingested which is a particularly positive thing.
During early pregnancy, the goal is to build energy and help settle morning sickness. Further on in the pregnancy from 34 weeks is when optimal fetal positioning and a focus on helping to achieve a spontaneous labour and uncomplicated birth. Pregnancy acupuncture also assists in preparing your cervix and uterus for birth, and helping your labour to start spontaneously and on time. Faster, easier birth (on average, 1.5 hours shorter)
Induction techniques added from 37 weeks. Pregnancy acupuncture is often successful in inducing labour if you are overdue. Induction acupuncture provides an alternative step to medical induction and can help to minimise the possibility of associated interventions. Induction with acupuncture still enables a slow build, not suddenly starting intense contractions, therefore better chance of an uncomplicated labour and natural birth. Reduced risk of medical intervention (C-section, forceps, epidural, etc.)
After birth, during the fourth trimester, the focus returns to building your energy and supporting healing.
My own experience with Pregnancy acupuncture
Being pregnant can sometimes feel like its never going to end, well thats how I felt. I would of done anything (and did) to get my baby out. After having experienced a very long and tedious pregnancy and birth with my first I was determined to have a better experience the second time around.
Someone mentioned pregnancy acupuncture and I had heard some good things so decided “why not” it could only help the situation, right? Well best decision I made.
It could be coincidence but I say no, no way. In addition to the pregnancy acupuncture there is one intensive session you can do at the end of your pregnancy induction acupuncture to help bring on labour. I did that session and within 24 hrs my son was born. It was the easiest birth, well as easy as it gets I suppose. He was born within 2 hrs from start of pain to being born. Did I mention he was 4.5kg haha. I still say it was a great outcome and I firmly believe the pregnancy acupuncture contributed to that experience.
I have listed some of the places that do pregnancy acupuncture in Melbourne – hope it helps.