You may have heard of using acupuncture during pregnancy and to induce labour, avoiding medical induction. I’m a HUGE advocate of using natural therapies to support women during pregnancy, birth and into new motherhood. Acupuncture is definitely one of my go-to recommendations on many occasions.
I had my first experience with acupuncture for fertility support when I was having difficulties getting pregnant. I then continued to have regular acupuncture during my pregnancies to help encourage labour and prepare my body for birth. I had 3 wonderful and problem-free natural birth experiences and I’m sure acupuncture played a big part in supporting this. Now I recommend acupuncture often to the pregnant women and new mums that I am supporting, because I know just how beneficial it is.
I’ve got a great ‘guest post’ for you from the very talented Sandy Hewitt, Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Practitioner. Sandy is truly amazing at her work, she runs a clinic in Corrimal, North of Wollongong. You may even see her sometimes at Bread, Espresso & in Thirroul, the coffee shop owned and run by Sandy and her lovely hubby Norbi.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years for a wide variety of ailments. It involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into acupuncture points on the body. This stimulates the bodies natural flow toward wholeness when we become imbalanced. And let’s face it – we all become imbalanced in this busy, modern life. Pregnancy comes with it’s own set of stresses on the body and mind.
Acupuncture is very safely used throughout pregnancy to assist women with a wide range of pregnancy related issues such as:
- Nausea & vomiting
- Anxiety & depression
- Muscular aches & pains
It is recommended that woman have ‘pre-birth’ acupuncture treatments once weekly from week 36 onwards in preparation for labour. This assists with:
- Promoting optimal energy levels for labour
- Cervical ripening
- Relaxation & calming of the nervous system
- Correct positioning of the baby
I see a lot of women for fertility, pregnancy support, labour preparation and postpartum recovery. They all report feeling calmer and more prepared for the wondrous and joyous experience of birthing a baby.
I have treated women who have previously had very long and difficult labours with their first child and after regular acupuncture treatments for their subsequent babies they have experienced the joy of a natural and shorter labour. I also teach women acupressure points to use at home or with their doula/midwife.
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