As Traditional Chinese Medicine’s emphasis is on prevention and the maintenance of long-term health, this modality has so very much to offer women before, during and after pregnancy. Pregnant women may seek out acupuncture treatment for both preventive and remedial purposes.
Pregnancy Acupuncture Sydney treatments also provide you the opportunity to chill-out and get in tune with your body. According to Chinese classics, a good acupuncture treatment is “like the sun coming out from behind the clouds”.
What You Can Expect From A Treatment
At House of Fertility & Healing you can enjoy individually tailored acupuncture treatments throughout every stage of your pregnancy, starting from pre-conception all the way through to post-natal care.
Combined with Chinese herbs, our treatments provide natural, drug-free and safe support for you and your baby throughout your pregnancy. Pregnancy Acupuncture Sydney can help to relieve many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy when these conditions are often difficult to alleviate using western medicine or you are reluctant to take pharmaceutical drugs unless it is absolutely essential.
Having a baby is not only a physical process but also an immensely emotional and spiritual journey, acupuncture can help to alleviate anxiety and stress by helping to balance your emotions. This treatment complements the care you are receiving from your Obstetrician or Midwife.
Please bring your hospital card with you to your Acupuncture appointments. This enables us to keep up to date with your recent western medical checkups.
Some of the conditions Pregnancy Acupuncture Sydney can help with:
- Morning sickness
- Miscarriage prevention
- Emotional and physical exhaustion
- Colds & flu
- Back pain & sciatica
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Anxiety & fear
- Varicose veins
- Pubic Symphisitis
- Fluid retention
- Sinus congestion
- Breech, posterior & transverse presentation
- Induction; facilitation of labour
- Labour failing to progress
- Pre-labour preparation
- Postpartum recovery
- Breastfeeding problems/Mastitis
Miscarriage Supportive Care
Early pregnancy can be a delicate time. We regularly see women who have suffered a miscarriage previously. Acupuncture enhances circulation to the developing placenta, reduces uterine cramping, assists with spotting or bleeding, and calms stress and anxiety. Our gentle treatments help strengthen and support your pregnancy and reduce any potential risk of miscarriage occurring.
Breech / Transverse and Posterior Presentation
Usually only one or two Acupuncture treatments are necessary and in addition, patients will be directed towards specific daily home Moxibustion therapy to facilitate the process. This is a very comfortable procedure and success rates are around 70-75%.
Please CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PDF of our Moxibustion instruction sheet.
Most babies will correct their own position independently, however we recommend addressing malposition from between 34 to 36 weeks, closer to 34 weeks is best particularly if bub has been in the wrong position for an extended period of time already.
The following articles provide evidence of the effectiveness of Moxibustion therapy:
- Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation
- Cost-effectiveness of breech version by acupuncture-type interventions on BL 67, including moxibustion, for women with a breech foetus at 33 weeks gestation: a modelling approach.
How Often Would Treatment be Needed?
Weekly treatments are appropriate in most cases for a specific condition, or more frequently if your condition is acute. If you have no ongoing health issues, then monthly pregnancy acupuncture treatments are good to help prepare for an efficient delivery and recovery.
Vaginal Birth After Caesarian (VBAC)
We recommend beginning your weekly Pre-Labour Preparation treatments (see below) from 35 weeks.
For an evidence-based, unbiased discussion of the risks and benefits of both VBAC and repeat cesarean that is written in a straightforward, helpful way please see Power to Push – VBAC Info Booklet.
We strongly recommend weekly Labour-preparation treatments from 36 weeks help to facilitate a faster and more efficient labour when the time comes. These are not Labour Induction treatments, they ‘prepare’ your body, helping to balance the pelvis, encourage your baby into a more ideal position, clearing energetic blockages and ripening the cervix.
This is also the time to learn Acupressure techniques you can use at home to help prep your body. Using these techniques during these last weeks mean that by the time you do go into labour these Acupressure techniques will be like old friends helping you through the process.
The sooner you receive Acupuncture after noticing the first symptom of mastitis, the more effective the treatment will be. If you see a red patch, go to your Acupuncturist! Very few of our clients end up requiring antibiotics because they move so quickly on this. Most breastfeeding Mums prefer not to take strong drugs such as antibiotics and this is one highly successful way to avoid them. Acupuncture and Chinese herbs can help with decreased milk supply too.