Pregnancy is a precious time
This exciting journey may be filled with emotions of both joy and anxiety as well as lots of new physical symptoms.
We are here to help you through every trimester.
During the first 12 weeks the incidence of miscarriage is at its highest and stress itself is a risk factor for miscarriage. We recommend weekly acupuncture treatments to relieve stress/anxiety and to help you relax during this special time.
Morning sickness & nausea
The most common complaint is nausea which may occur at any time, day or night and may be accompanied with vomiting. Acupuncture treatment is an effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.
We also treat other common ailments that crop up; these include:
Heart-burn and indigestion
Second & Third Trimester
During the second trimester appointments tend to be less frequent unless issues arise.
During the third trimester, as your body continues to expand and change to support your growing baby, many women experience aches and pains and other pregnancy related complaints.
Acupuncture is commonly used to address issues such as:
Labour preparation & Induction
Ideally we suggest weekly treatments from 34 weeks to help prepare you physically and emotionally and to improve your stamina for the task ahead.
Treatments aim at reducing time spent in labour, lessening the rate of medical interventions, preventing breech and overdue deliveries and giving you the optimal opportunity for a spontaneous and uncomplicated birth.
Acupuncture may assist by:
Engaging the baby in the pelvis -
Optimal baby positioning assists with a smooth delivery
Softening of the cervix
Acupuncture increases oxytocin which softens the cervix
Preparing the uterus for birth
Beyond the Birth
“The emotional labor pains of becoming a mother are far greater than the physical pangs of birth; these are the growing surges of your heart as it pushes out selfishness and fear and makes room for sacrifice and love. It is a private and silent birth of the soul, but it is no less holy than the event of childbirth— perhaps even more sacred.” - Joy Kusek
Caring for a newborn can be overwhelming and physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting.
Post-birth, mothers can be left depleted of blood and Qi (vital energy). Your baby relies entirely on you, so restoring your health is fundamental.
Treatments are highly recommended during this important recuperative stage time to:
Help build blood and Qi
Restore normal endocrine function
Improve mood and energy levels
Stimulate milk production and lactation