Pregnancy Support

How can we support you during pregnancy?

 

General wellbeing

With all the rapid changes that take place during pregnancy and into the postpartum period, the body can be under immense strain. Chinese medicine aims to nourish, support and build the woman’s reservoir of Qi and Blood so they can enjoy a healthier pregnancy, birth and recovery. With a background as a Doula, Kristie is passionate about empowering women through education and awareness to increase their chances of a healthy pregnancy and positive birth experience. This also involves education for the birth support team around helpful tools they can use to support the women during labour and preparation for a healthy postpartum. Even if you are having an elective caesarean, acupuncture can help to nourish and support you for birth and recovery.

Acupuncture and Chinese medicine are safe and gentle therapies that can provide much-needed support during pregnancy and postpartum. From relieving pregnancy-related discomforts such as nausea, back pain, and fatigue to preparing for labour and promoting a smooth childbirth experience, acupuncture can be an invaluable tool. Additionally, our practitioners can help with postpartum recovery, addressing issues such as fatigue, hormonal imbalances, lactation difficulties, and emotional well-being.

The First Trimester
In the early stages of pregnancy we support women with:

– Fatigue and Exhaustion
– Anxiety and Depression
– Nausea and vomiting (1)
– Insomnia (3)
– Constipation
– Threatened miscarriage

The Second Trimester
During the second trimester we can help support women with some other common side
effects including:

1. Back Pain (2) and Sciatica
2. Neck pain
3. Carpal tunnel
4. Pelvic Pain (2)
5. Swelling and fluid retention
6. Gestational diabetes
7. Preeclampsia (high blood pressure during pregnancy)

Breech babies

If baby is malpositioned or breech, acupuncture is recommended from as early as 32 weeks. This involves one initial consultation and treatment where Kristie will educate you on how to perform moxibustion for a course of 10 days safely at home. We recommend you come in for a follow up appointment after you have finished the 10 day course.

Third Trimester and Prebirth Acupuncture

In the third trimester we start to look at ways we can help prepare the body and mind for birth. Research has shown that having acupuncture weekly from 36 weeks until birth can help with ripening the cervix, reduce the need for a medical induction and reduce the length
of labour (4).

Birth Encouragement Treatment

If you are overdue or have a medical induction booked in, or your waters have broken, Acupuncture can be used to encourage labour by increasing the blood flow to the uterus.

During this appointment Kristie will also show you how you or your support person can use Acupressure at home to encourage labour. Depending on your situation treatment frequency may be recommended every or every second day until birth (4).

AcupressURE for Labour

Acupressure can be used as a natural and safe form of pain relief during labour and thereby help some women avoid epidurals or reduce the amount of epidural medication needed for pain relief. During your visit for Prebirth Acupuncture Kristie will give you information on how you can effectively use Acupressure during labour (5).

Postnatal Recovery

Chinese medicine can also be used to promote postnatal recovery. As you adjust to life with your baby it can be overwhelming and looking after yourself and your recovery can be the first thing to fall by the wayside. However, it is crucial to prioritise self-care and make time for your own physical and mental health, not only so you can be the best possible caregiver for your baby but also as an investment in your future health and wellbeing.

Chinese medicine can support you with:

  • Increasing milk production
  • Support you manage the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety and improve your overall mental health.
  • Relieve pain: Acupuncture can help relieve pain and discomfort associated with postpartum recovery, such as back pain, perineal pain, and mastitis.
  • Motherwarming is a treatment which is done as early as 3-4 days after birth with the aim to improve circulation, relieve pain, boost milk supply and facilitate recovery. If you would like a mother warming treatment in the early postpartum period, Kristie can come to you.

 

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Congratulations you are taking your first step to wellness from the inside out.

References:
1. Smith CA, et al. Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.
2. Pennick V, Liddle SD. Interventions for preventing and treating pelvic and back pain in pregnancy. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2013;(8):CD001139.
3. Manber R, et al. Acupuncture for insomnia: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Intern Med. 2004 Aug 3;141(3):179-85.
4. Kubista E, et al. Acupuncture for cervical ripening and induction of labor at term – a randomized controlled trial. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2001 Nov 30;113(21-22):942-6.
5. Smith CA, et al. Acupuncture or acupressure for pain management in labour. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2017 Jul 5;7(7):CD009232.