Acupuncture During Pregnancy

acupuncture for pregnancy

The long wait is over and you’re finally pregnant – congratulations! It’s now time to get yourself registered for prenatal care, so the first thing to do is to schedule your doctor’s appointment and organise your care early.

Getting good advice for a healthy pregnancy right from the start is essential for anyone who wants a healthy and smooth pregnancy. It’s also a good idea to prepare your body as it will experience many changes in the coming months.

The importance of good health during pregnancy

Having good health is also essential to the health and wellbeing of your baby. In fact, a woman with regular prenatal care, proper diet, and exercise will have fewer complications during pregnancy. Healthy women will also more likely give birth to a healthy baby than those who didn’t take care of their health during pregnancy.

That is why it is essential to maintain your health during pregnancy because it can reduce the risk of complications. A balanced diet will also prevent the risks of anaemia as well as other unpleasant pregnancy symptoms like morning sickness and fatigue. Also, having good nutrition will help balance your mood and will help you during labour and delivery as well.

How acupuncture can assist in lowering the chances of miscarriage and optimising health during pregnancy

Acupuncture has been proven to be safe during pregnancy and it is extremely effective as well as beneficial. In fact, in the first trimester, Acupuncture can help in alleviating early symptoms such as fatigue, heartburn and nausea. There are also Acupuncture points to “lift and hold” and to stop bleeding, which are used in the case of threatened miscarriage.

In addition, Acupuncture can greatly help pregnant women in their third trimester when things start becoming really uncomfortable for the mother. Aches, pains, swelling, can all be reduced with Acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture can also prepare the body for labour by ripening the cervix and relaxing the ligaments. This gets your body into prime condition so that hopefully it goes into a natural onset of labour, and that labour is more efficient. A certified acupuncturist will trigger a set of pre-birth acupuncture points, including some points based on your personal needs.

How does it work?  

When you undergo an Acupuncture procedure, a qualified practitioner will insert hair-thin needles through your skin at points that enhance your body’s immunity and enhances self-healing. This will also correct several imbalances and prepare your body for labour by nourishing and tonifying it. In fact, it will help relax and soften the uterine ligaments and bring blood flow to your pelvis.

In a series of weekly treatments, pregnant women from week 35-36 can undergo an Acupuncture treatment that aims to promote healthy and natural birth. This treatment will focus on enhancing overall energy and stamina needed for a healthy labour, as well as relaxing both the tendons and ligaments prior to labour.

Research suggests that pregnant women who receive pre-birth Acupuncture treatment, usually go into normal labour during and around their due dates. Also, if induction is required, these women respond well and often move efficiently through their labour.

Overall, as you get ready to meet you little one, we recommend that you include pre-birth acupuncture treatments as a way to prepare your body for birth. In fact, you should seek the help of a certified and experienced acupuncturist like Belinda Eisen, who can provide relaxing and effective acupuncture treatments during your pregnancy.