Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Childbirth 2016-11-23T11:54:28+00:00
Acupuncture for Pregnancy & Childbirth

Acupuncture is an Ideal form of treatment in pregnancy as this therapy offers women drug-free relief for a multitude of problems that can arise. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can help enormously with conditions often regarded as part of a normal pregnancy, for example morning sickness, sciatica, symphysis pubic pain, and heartburn. Acupuncture can also treat pregnancy-induced hypertension, diabetes and choleostasis and can not only improve a women’s quality of life but also prevent them from becoming serious enough to necessitate medical treatment.

Pre-birth Acupuncture

Treatment normally starts from 36 weeks and aims at helping to encourage optimal fetal positioning and to ‘ripen the cervix’ and prepare the body for birth. Research shows that women who receive pre-birth acupuncture from 36 weeks are less likely to go to far overdue and spend far less time in labor as the contractions are more effective and efficient.

Breech/Posterior or Mal- presentation

Acupuncture is also highly recognised for its success at turning mal-positioned babies (breech / posterior / transverse) and success rates are as high as 80% (especially when picked up around 35-27 weeks.

Labor Inductions

Acupuncture Inductions encourage contractions of the uterus by helping the body to release naturally the birthing hormone ‘oxytocin’. This type of induction is much more preferable to medical inductions which often result in a higher chance of further interventions.

Pain Relief in Labor

At Bayside Acupuncture Clinic we also offer the teaching of acupressure to a women’s partner or support person. Men can often feel lost with what to do and work better with direction.

Having knowledge of what points they can do to help pain, contractions, emotions such as fear and the pushing phase can make a great difference to reduce the chances of prolonged or difficult labor and the levels of pain experienced during labor. Medical interventions such as vacuum or suction delivery, forceps delivery and caesarean sections are greatly reduced.

Post-Natal Treatment

There are very real benefits in using Chinese Medicine during a pregnancy and during the postnatal period to prevent disharmonies from developing. Women in the post-natal periods are very prone to suffering deficiencies of qi, blood and yin. Deficiencies can cause problems such as post natal depression, persistent uterine bleeding and feeding difficulties or insufficient lactation.

A one- off treatment called “mother warming” given around day 5 post-birth, is a moxa technique to warm the women’s abdomen and lower back area and is used to energise women and aid in their recovery. This is then followed by 30 days of tonification (sometimes 100 days in needed), seen as necessary to rebuild the qi and blood lost through pregnancy and childbirth. If a woman is breastfeeding, taking Chinese herbs to tonify qi and blood throughout this period is encouraged.

If you would like to request an appointment with our fertility and pregnancy specialist Eeka, or make a further enquiry about how Chinese medicine can help your condition. Please call us on 02 6685 1088.