Our clinic supports mothers-to-be to maintain a healthy natural pregnancy and to treat pregnancy related ailments with drug-free options. Acupuncture helps promote blood flow to help support mother and the development of baby uniquely at each trimester. We recommend acupuncture weekly from four to twelve weeks gestation and then monthly until the end of the third trimester. Acupuncture can also be utilized for numerous health concerns which may arise in pregnancy.
Acupuncture has been found to be beneficial for:
- Morning sickness, nausea and vomiting
- Cervical Ripening and labour induction support
- Breech or malposition
- Constipation, hemorrhoids or loose stools
- Anxiety and depression
- Threatened miscarriage or spotting
- Pubic symphysis pain
- Sciatica and restless leg syndrome
- Migraine headaches
Acupuncture for Nausea of Pregnancy
Nausea of pregnancy or morning sickness is a normal and natural part of pregnancy. Nausea of pregnancy typically arises around 6-8 weeks of pregnancy. Although common, the symptoms can be debilitating. Many women suffer from scent sensitivity, nausea, vomitting, poor appetite, constant salivation, poor energy and inability to function in their day to day lives. Those with extreme nausea and vomiiting are at risk of poor weight gain and dehydration. Acupuncture has been found to be an effective treatment for morning sickness. We recommend acupuncture twice weekly until relief is obtained. We will also provide you with additional dietary recommendation to ease nausea along with naturopathic therapies provide relief.
Breech or Posterior Position Acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used for hundreds of years in Traditional Chinese Medicine to assist to turn a breech or malposition fetus. Multiple medical studies have found acupuncture to be an effective supportive therapy for a breech baby and these results have been published in numerous medical journals. We recommend acupuncture if the baby is not in a correct position by 32-33 weeks to allow the baby room plenty of room to turn. We recommend twice weekly acupuncture until the fetus is in a correct position. We will provide you with at home therapies to support the acupuncture treatments between sessions. We accept referrals from midwives and maternity care providers.
Cervical Ripening Acupuncture
Cervical ripening acupuncture has been used for centuries to support a mom-to-be to prepare her body for labour. Acupuncture is recommended starting week 37 of pregnancy unless directed otherwise by your maternity care provider to gently support the baby to achieve a position condusive to labour initiation. Studies have found acupuncture during pregnancy to help to reduce in labour related interventions and complications.We accept referrals from midwives and maternity care providers. In 1998 a study found that acupuncture treatments from 36 weeks on wards had a positive effect on shortening the first stage of labour, which is defined from 3cm cervical dilation to complete dilation of 10cm. The acupuncture group had labour's that lasted on average of 196 minutes compared to the control group of 321 minutes.
Labour Preparation Acupuncture
Labour preparation acupuncture is a therapy used to support the natural onset of labour in women whom are past their due date. Labour preparation acupuncture is recommended daily once a women has reached 40 weeks gestation or prior if recommended by her maternity care provider for other medical purposes. Contact reception to book your appointments!
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