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Acupuncture During Pregnancy
For over 3,000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has promoted specialised treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery. Today this care is becoming increasingly popular and used by acupuncturists and specially trained midwives in countries such as Denmark, UK, France, Germany, Holland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand where acupuncture is available in specialised antenatal clinics and maternity hospitals.
Is Acupuncture Safe During Pregnancy?
Acupuncture is safe to have during pregnancy and is an alternative natural option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine which might harm the baby. There are many ways in which Acupuncture is used to promote fetal and maternal health – for example Acupuncture has often acted to reduce the severity and incidence of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Research from Australia bears this out with studies showing women who received Acupuncture as part of their treatment experiencing quicker relief from nausea than those who didn’t.
Acupuncture can offer relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions.
• Morning Sickness
• High/Low Blood Pressure
• Pelvic Pain
• Breech Birth
• Tender Breasts
• Migraine andHeadaches
• Re-occurring Miscarriage
• IVF Assisted Treatment
• Pain Relief
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Though rarely spoken about in conversation, miscarriage is much more common than most of us realise. It can also be one of the most emotionally devastating times for a woman and her partner when trying to conceive.
Acupuncture can help strengthen the body and prepare it for childbirth. First the practitioner will explore if structural abnormalities are present such as fibroid, polyps or an unusually shaped uterus. Then because miscarriage typically happens within the first 3 months of pregnancy acupuncture treatments are delivered for the first 12 weeks to give best results.
A technique called Moxibustion has been used by the Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners for many centuries to turn breech babies. Moxa is a herb shaped like a cigar that is lit at one end and slowly smoldered over specific acu-points on the body. This practice stimulates the relaxation of the womb and encourages the fetus to turn around. Studies have shown this natural method of turning babies in the womb to have a success rate of 75%. Learn more about moxibustion for breech babies