Acupuncture and acupressure for pregnancy conditions including hyper-emesis breech positioning, and during and after childbirth.
There are records showing the use of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine during pregnancy dating back to the Ming Dynasty in the 14th Century, and it is once again becoming popular.
As a Midwife Acupuncturist, I know both sides of the story, and I am very familiar with pregnancy. Therefore I will be aware very quickly if there are any worrying indications, and ensure you are referred promptly to the Maternity Unit. I ensure that I am up-to-date with current midwifery practice, and that I understand the care you are receiving elsewhere.
Pregnancy often comes with a string of ‘minor ailments’ such as back pain, sickness, headaches, sciatica, and joint pain, though they never feel ‘minor’ when they happen to you. Plus you’re not usually allowed to take over-the-counter remedies for these issues, which never helps.
Acupuncture is perfectly safe to use during pregnancy, and can alleviate all of these pregnancy complaints.
Hyperemesis gravidas is a more serious pregnancy complaint, and can also be treated with Acupuncture, often in conjunction with regular medical intervention.
Also, for women suffering through hayfever or migraines without their normal medicines, certain pressure points can be used to reduce their symptoms too.
Pre-labour treatments are shown to help preparing your body for birth by opening up the pelvis and cervix, as well as preparing the energy channels, and positioning the baby. In one study of 140 women, labour times were an average of 8 hours 2 minutes in the group which did not receive pre-labour Acupuncture, and only 6 hours 36 minutes where the women had had the treatment, and also reduced their need for medical intervention.
There are a number of acupressure points that I can show you, which you (or your partner) can use during labour to reduce the pain. [ more info on FAQs ]
By 34 weeks into the pregnancy, your baby should be head down, and at 36 weeks should be beginning to ‘engage’ into the birth canal. If the baby is the wrong way up, this is called ‘breech’. Breech births are uncomfortable, and more risky, and efforts to turn the baby beforehand may not be successful. Traditional Chinese Medicine has used the herb Moxa in the turning of breech babies for hundreds of years, called ‘Moxabustion’. [ more info on FAQs ]
In this treatment, a lit moxa stick is used to apply a warming sensation to a specific point. I will have one appointment with you to show you where and how to use the moxa stick, and then you will be given a supply of moxa sticks to use at home for the next 10 days. This will cause the baby to move around, and increase its larger movements, during the moxabustion, and shortly after. This seems strongest during days 4-6, and again in days 10 and 11. The Chinese report a success rate of 80% using this method to turn breech babies.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is considered important to support the mother for 30 days after the birth, to build up both her and her baby. Issues arising from the birth, breastfeeding problems, caesarean scarring and prolonged bleeding all need to be addressed. One of my favourite treatments to apply is a needle-free warm moxa treatment, within 30 days of the birth. [ more info on FAQs ]