Pregnancy

Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Acupuncture can be used to treat mother during pregnancy. It is important to go to an acupuncturist who is registered, and preferably one with some experience of treating during pregnancy.

Nausea and vomiting
Acupuncture can be used to treat reducing both the severity and incidence of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

Muscular-skeletal pain
Back pain, rib pain, sciatica can be common in the later stages of pregnancy and *maybe reduced with acupuncture. Back pain in early pregnancy can be due to other causes and should be thoroughly checked by a midwife or GP before starting acupuncture treatment.

Breech babies
Gentle techniques can be used to help babies that are not in the optimal position prior to birth, such as those in a posterior presentation. Ideally treatment is at 34 – 35 weeks, but it can still be applied when used later in the pregnancy. Needles do not need to be placed nor techniques used on the abdomen.

Labour preparation (pre-birth treatment)
Three weeks before the due date a treatment to *prepare the pelvis and cervix. This is followed by one treatment per week until labour starts. Reports from New Zealand midwives indicate the potential for a more efficient active stage of labour and a reduction in women requiring medical intervention.

Induction
Acupuncture can be used to provide a gentle inducement to labour if the baby is overdue. This is often done with recommendation from midwife.

Pain relief during labour
A free booklet on using acupressure during labour can be a http://acupuncture.rhizome.net .nz/acupressure/download.aspx

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Others pregnancy problems
Treatment can be used to relieve a variety of conditions including:
Morning sickness   –   Sciatica   –   Anxiety   –   Constipation   –   Carpal tunnel syndrome
Heartburn, indigestion   –   Insomnia   –   Headaches and sinus problems
Tiredness and exhaustion   –   Thrush   –   Postnatal care (nourishment)
Breast feeding difficulties   –   and more…