For over 3000 years Traditional Chinese Medicine has promoted specialised treatment for women in pregnancy care and postpartum recovery. Pregnancy, childbirth and postnatal recovery are viewed in traditional Chinese medicine as a window of opportunity to enhance the woman’s well being. Acupuncture can be used to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions, offering women an alternative to taking medication. Acupuncture may also be used for the discomfort often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy that just has to be endured.

 

Acupuncture can be used to help with the following conditions: 
  • Early pregnancy supportive care

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Constipation and hemorrhoids

  • Miscarriage

  • Threatened miscarriage

  • Varicose veins and vulval varicosities

  • Headaches and migraines

  • Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, pelvic and hip pain

  • Fatigue and exhaustion

  • Anxiety and depression

  • Itching in pregnancy

  • Hypertension disorders including Pregnancy-induced hypertension

  • Gestational diabeties

  • Breech and posterior positioned babies

  • Preparation for a medical Induction

  • Acupressure taught to support people to use for pain relief during labour

 

Pre-birth Treatments

 

Three to four weeks prior to the due date a treatment to prepare the pelvis and cervix can be commenced. This is followed by one treatment per week until labour begins. Research from Germany [1] indicated the potential for a more efficient active stage of labour. A New Zealand study with midwives [2] indicated a reduction in women requiring medical intervention, including medical induction and caesarean section.

 

[1] Kubista E, Kucera H. (1974). On the use of acupuncture in the preparation for delivery, Geburtshilfe Perinatol; 178(3):224-9.

[2] Betts D, Lenox S ( 2006) Acupuncture For Prebirth Treatment: An Observational Study of its use in Midwifery practice. Medical Acupuncture. Vo 17 No 3​

Post-natal Treatments

 

Acupuncture has techniques to promote recovery; these include “mother warming” treatments that can be given by a partner, advice on diet and the use of specific strengthening and blood building herbs. Other conditions that can be helped by acupuncture include; insufficient lactation, wound healing and scar tissue repair, postnatal depression and urinary incontinence.