Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Congratulations you are pregnant!

Pregnancy is a very special time, a time when looking after yourself and your growing baby is paramount. You are at the start of a wonderful and exciting journey.

Pregnancy and the clinic

At the clinic we provide comprehensive pregnancy and postnatal support.

This allows us to target all the common complaints that can arise at different stages throughout pregnancy, both physically and emotionally, as well as maintaining good health and general well being throughout. We have many years experience in supporting pregnant women and offering them advice on how to stay well.

Acupuncture treatment is a wonderful way to maintain optimal health during pregnancy, since it is completely natural and safe for both mother and baby throughout all stages of pregnancy. This can offer invaluable support at a time when conventional medications are not suitable to be taken.

Early pregnancy

Research suggests that acupuncture may help to improve the blood flow to the uterus and help to boost energy levels too.

It is also good for relieving stress, which is vital for you and for your baby. Sessions address common pregnancy ailments such as nausea, fatigue, migraine or backache.

Supported by a recent study, acupuncture can effectively relieve morning sickness, as well as improve more severe conditions such as hyperemesis gravidarum - severe vomiting during pregnancy, with results from the first session. 1

Early pregnancy can be a very worrying time with lots of anxiety, particularly if there is a history of miscarriage or if the fertility journey has been long. Acupuncture is effective for anxiety during pregnancy. Pregnant women who feel anxious can benefit from acupuncture because it promotes a deep sense of calm and relaxation.

1 Smith 2002, Habek 2004

Later in pregnancy

Later in pregnancy, treatment can focus on backache, pubic and joint pain, sciatica and carpal tunnel syndrome.

Specific treatments are available for helping to turn breech babies involving applying heat to an acupuncture point at one of the toes. This is a 1-off treatment in the clinic with a moxa heat stick given for further sessions at home. A good time for this is 33-36 weeks whilst there is still room for the baby to turn. 1

There's plenty it can do in the last few weeks of pregnancy too, in helping to prepare you for the birth. We encourage women to come to us on a weekly basis from 36 weeks onwards. Acupuncture can help to induce labour and research shows that these sessions also help to reduce the first stage of labour. 2

A further survey conducted in New Zealand revealed that women who had acupuncture in the last 4 weeks of their pregnancy had a third less the number of medical inductions, epidurals and emergency caesareans compare to local population rates. 3

1 Van den berg 2010

2 Zeisler 1998, Rabl 2001

3 Betts 2006

Postnatally

After you have your newborn baby, treatment will help to restore your energy back to its normal levels, ready for the new and exciting challenges of motherhood. It can also help with a range of issues such as post-natal depression, insufficient lactation, wound and scar tissue repair.

Pregnancy massage

As well as making you feel great, having the right kind of massage during pregnancy can also be particularly therapeutic, not only for you, but for your developing baby too.

Our specialist massage therapist has experience in this delicate art and every massage we offer is carefully adapted for the particular stage of pregnancy you are at.

A specialist pregnancy massage can help to boost your energy levels, calm your body and your mind, help minimise stretch marks and keep your skin smooth and supple.

It can help ease aches and pains too. It is quite common for mothers-to-be to develop tension in the shoulder, neck and back muscles, all of which take the strain of your growing abdomen, and massage can be invaluable in helping to release it.