For over 5000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has promoted specialised treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery.
Acupuncture is a safe, effective and drug-free way to manage a whole host of pregnancy conditions and promote foetal and maternal wellbeing from the first trimester through to birth.
Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in Traditional Chinese Medicine as a window of opportunity to enhance a woman’s wellbeing. Conversely, if adequate care is not taken the resulting problems may continue long after the birth.
Value is therefore placed on promoting preventative care to strengthen the mother and baby as well as dealing with problems as they arise during pregnancy.
Acupuncture can be performed safely at any stage during pregnancy, from pre-conception to birth and postnatal.
Acupuncture offers women the choice of a drug free treatment and can be used in a variety of ways to promote foetal and maternal health.
Acupuncture is recommended weekly from 37 weeks as part of preparation for birth to soften the cervix, increase blood flow to the uterus, encourage the baby to move down into the pelvis and relax the mother ahead of labour.
Acupuncture points are chosen according to a woman's constitution and pregnancy history and incorporate a set of points that have been trialled to be very beneficial to the woman’s health and birthing outcome and aid in post natal recovery.
Clinical research even suggests that regular Acupuncture in the lead up to birth can result in a shorter, more efficient labour.
Breech babies are ideally treated between 34 and 36 weeks’ gestation, however, positive results can still be achieved later in the pregnancy. The most effective method for turning a breech or posterior baby is Moxa Therapy also known as Moxibustion which involves the warming of specific points on the body for 20 minutes, once a day for ten days. Results will often be achieved within this time frame but occasionally a second ten days may be needed.
Acupuncture induction is safe and effective, it works harmoniously with the mother’s delicate hormonal balance in pregnancy to promote labour and is an effective alternative to medical induction at full term.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can help at this time to promote blood flow to the uterus, encourage the baby to descend, help the cervix to ripen and dilate, and stimulate the nerves that lead to the uterus to start contractions.
If medical induction is required, Acupuncture should be started four days prior to the scheduled procedure, and given every second day.
Acupressure is a viable alternative to pain relief and can be self-administered or applied by your support person(s) during labour. These techniques not only provide pain relief but can reduce anxiety and promote a smooth delivery. To learn more, The Healing Point offers one-hour birthing acupressure sessions for expectant mothers and their support person(s).
Melissa will work with you to develop a customised pre-birth treatment plan to reassure, support and guide you through the final weeks and improve the likelihood of an efficient and safe labour.
For more information contact Melissa on 0400 113 212, or Book Online Now.