Acupuncture is an ideal from of treatment during pregnancy as it offers women drug-free relief for a multitude of problems that can arise during pregnancy and childbirth.
Research has shown acupuncture to be safe and effective for a wide variety of conditions that are common in pregnancy including;
- Morning Sickness
- Pelvic Pain
Treatments are safe and effective during each stage of pregnancy and can address different symptoms which may arise during the first, second or third trimester.
Moxibustion for Breech Baby
Moxibustion is a method of warming acupuncture points using the herb mugwort. This technique has been part of acupuncture therapy for over 2000 years and is widely used when the baby is in the breech or posterior position.
For most pregnant women, it is expected that a baby will settle into a head down position within the pelvis around the 34th to 36th week of a pregnancy. Unfortunately, not all babies will be in this optimal position however, and some may be breech or in malposition.
Moxibustion treatment is a gentle treatment which encourages your breech baby to turn. Moxa is applied to an acupuncture point, bilaterally, for 20 minutes, once a day for 10 days.
The optimum time for this treatment is 34 weeks, but treatment may be effective as late as 38 weeks. Roisín will carry out the initial treatment in the clinic and demonstrate how to safely use the moxa sticks. Moxibustion treatment after this will be continued at home. You will be supplied with the necessary moxa to continue treatments at home.
*Caution; This practice should not be undertaken without consultation with a licenced Acupuncturist.
Acupuncture for the Induction of Labour
Acupuncture has become the treatment of choice for women looking to avoid a medical induction of labour.
Treatment can prepare you physically by helping soften and ripen the cervix, helping to support the ligaments as they stretch to widen the pelvis, and helping the baby descend into the pelvis in an optimal position.
Treatment contributes to a shorter and more manageable birth. It also helps to balance the emotions and reduce fear and anxiety at this stage of pregnancy.
Pre-birth Acupuncture Treatments
Pre-birth Acupuncture Treatments are generally started in the last month of pregnancy, around 36-37 weeks. Acupuncture is a gentle but effective treatment at this stage in preparation for giving birth..
Women who are struggling or finding it difficult are advised to start treatments at 34 weeks to allow enough time to replenish energy levels and balance the body.