About Pregnancy Acupuncture
Louise provides acupuncture to women seeking safe, beneficial natural care and support during pregnancy. Acupuncture offers women the choice of drug free treatment and can be successfully used for the treatment of a wide range of conditions during pregnancy. Supporting your health, you are also supporting the health and potential of the precious little life that you carry. Value is placed on promoting preventative care to strengthen the mother and baby as well as dealing with problems as they occur during pregnancy.
Commonly treated pregnancy symptoms include morning sickness, nausea, heartburn, insomnia, fatigue, headaches and back pain. Acupuncture has also been shown to have a significant effect in helping turn breech babies and birth preparation and induction and more. Louise is committed to optimizing the health of your pregnancy to support the smoothest possible transition into motherhood.
Your treatment is individually tailored according to your needs, and your circumstances, in order to guide you towards optimal health.
If you have a breech baby moxibustion and other treatments may have a positive effect in turning baby into head down position from 36 weeks gestation.
Preparing for Birth
Three to four weeks prior to the due date a treatment to prepare the pelvis and cervix can be commenced. This is followed by one treatment per week until labour begins.
Research has indicated the potential for a more efficient active stage of labour. A New Zealand study with midwives indicated a reduction in women requiring medical intervention, including medical induction and caesarean section.
Acupuncture may provide a gentle inducement to labour if the baby is overdue and may be an effective alternative to a medical induction. Research from Norway on the use of acupuncture for women with premature rupture of membranes (PROM) concluded that “Ideally acupuncture treatment should be offered to all women with PROM and other women who wish to use this method to facilitate their birth and keep it normal”
Pain relief during Labour
Acupuncture offers drug free alternatives for pain relief during labour (9) Acupressure provides similar results (10) with the advantage that support people can use it during labour. A free booklet on using acupressure can be downloaded here. Louise is happy to provide sessions with pregnant woman and her support people to help teach these wonderful points.