Pregnancy is such a wonderful period in a women's life but it can come with some complications. It can be a time of discomfort with many suffering from pelvic pain or back pain, nausea or hyperemesis gravidarum, indigestion or emotional problems such as anxiety and depression.
During my own pregnancies I suffered with some of these things first hand, in particular Hyperemesis gravidarum. Acupuncture was instrumental in helping me to recover. Unsurprisingly after 5 miscarriages I was somewhat anxious, but acupuncture really helped to keep my anxieties under control.
Later on during my pregnancies, I used acupuncture to turn both my babies when they were breech and used acupressure points during labour.
How can acupuncture support you through your pregnancy?
The first trimester can have a variety of issues. Approximately 80% of women will experience nausea and about 50% will experience vomiting in early pregnancy.
Acupuncture causes a release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel good hormones, and can be very effective at calming anxiety you might feeling during your pregnancy.
Constipation is not uncommon, particularly in early pregnancy when hormonal changes create a relaxation of the bowel wall muscles, alongside a possible reluctance to drink adequately due to nausea or the need to pass urine more frequently.
The process of growing new life takes energy and many women are surprised by the level of fatigue in the first trimester. Treatment aims to help you feel more balanced and regain the necessary strength you needs to nourish herself and your developing baby.
As you enter the second trimester, the chance of miscarriage drops, and you often begin to feel better physically. New symptoms can start to appear, such as heartburn, insomnia, hip pains, back pain and some may experience irritability or hot flushes.
Back ache and sciatica can develop as a result of two factors; pregnancy hormones softening ligaments and joints; and the pelvis shifting to make room for your growing baby. Acupuncture is a safe and gentle means of pain control that is effective in relieving the discomfort of these conditions.
During the third trimester, it is common to use acupuncture from 32 weeks onwards to turn breech babies. During the last weeks of pregnancy, it can become harder to obtain uninterrupted sleep due to body discomforts and frequent urination, acupuncture may be able to help relieve this.
Acupuncture can also be used to induce labour by opening the cervix, increasing contractions and encouraging the descent of the baby, whilst also helping to reduce tension and stress.
These are just examples of the most common things we treat, if you have another condition please get in touch to see if we can help.
During pregnancy we use fewer needles and retain them for less time as we do not want to over stimulate the body.
For this reason I offer 30 minute sessions for my pregnant clients. If you are a new patient and already pregnant the first session will be 1 hour instead of 90 mins.