Pregnancy Care

Acupuncture is considered safe and effective in the treatment of many ailments that may arise during pregnancy.  Some of these may include:  

Morning sickness, fatigue, constipation, mood disturbances, anxiety, sleep disturbances, heartburn/reflux, abdominal pain, backache, sciatica, headache, dizziness,  aphonia (loss of voice in pregnancy), oedema, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg cramps, skin itch, UTI’s, pubic symphysis pain, haemorrhoids, vulval varicosities, fetus not growing, threatened miscarriage, breech presentation and labour preparation/induction. 

At AcuHealth we assist in helping you to reach your full health potential during pregnancy, making this a more enjoyable time of your life.


PREPARATION AND INDUCTION OF LABOUR

It is becoming more widely used and accepted that acupuncture can play a key role in the preparation and induction of labour. Treatments can be commenced as early as 32 weeks and as late as your due date or thereafter.

Treatment undertaken during this time will help encourage and prepare the body for labour; ensuring baby is in correct position going into labour, as well as aid in the softening of the cervix by using acupuncture points proven to release oxytocin. With acupuncture such oxytocin release is gradual and accumulative, and labour cannot be induced early, but rather encouraged to occur around expected due date.

Acupuncture points are selected according to the individual’s needs, with some select points used specifically to help release oxytocin, soften the cervix, and  encourage the baby to descend and engage.   Sometimes moxa is also used if there is a breech presentation which will encourage the baby to turn into the right position.


BREECH

Acupuncture has attracted increasing attention in relation to the use of this therapy to help correct breech presentation.

A simple procedure of applying moxibustion to one point (Zhiyin BL67), has proven to create a high success rate in many studies.  The effectiveness of this procedure has been shown from many studies in China, with varying success rates ranging from 80-90%.  (Wei Wan, Co-operative Research Group on Moxibustion Version)