Pregnancy Acupuncture

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Spring offers you gentle and effective pregnancy acupuncture that helps you through each stage of pregnancy.


Pregnancy acupuncture guides you into a state of optimal pregnancy health allowing you to thrive and enjoy growing your beautiful baby.

Firstly, Congratulations! Bringing a new life into this world is something that should be cherished and celebrated. However, we here at Spring know this exciting time is not always smooth sailing. Morning sickness, body aches, tight muscles, poor sleep, digestion issues, threatened miscarriage, and breech presentation are just a few of the ‘joys’ of pregnancy you may be experiencing.

No matter what stage of your pregnancy you are at, when you are experiences pregnancy health issues, it can prove to be very challenging. Especially when you’re expected to also continue with your day-to-day modern woman life.

Acupuncture can assist you through each stage of your pregnancy allowing you to enjoy this precious time and feel that [sometimes elusive] ‘Pregnancy Glow’. Acupuncture during pregnancy helps you to maintain an optimal level of physical and emotional health, that is vital as your body grows and changes whilst nourishing this new life you are creating.

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Spring Acupuncture Pregnancy

At Spring we have treated the following conditions with Chinese Medicine and acupuncture in pregnancy:

  • Miscarriage
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Early pregnancy supportive care
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation and haemorrhoids
  • 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 diabetes
  • Breech and posterior positioned babies
  • Preparation for a medical induction (read more here)
  • Labour preparation acupuncture to prepare the body for an efficient labour (read more here)
  • Postpartum recovery

Research: Nausea in Pregnancy

Research on acupuncture for nausea in pregnancy has found it to be both a safe and effective treatment for women who experience nausea and dry retching in early pregnancy.(1,2)

Research: Acupuncture for Pelvic Pain In Pregnancy

A study published in the British Medical Journal found that ‘acupuncture was superior to stabilising exercisers (provided by physiotherapists) in the management of pelvic girdle pain in pregnancy.(3) With acupuncture the treatment of choice for patients with one sided sacroiliac pain, one sided sacroiliac pain combined with symphysis pubis pain and double sided sacroiliac pain.’(3) 

Research: Breech Presentation

In December, 2012 the British Medical Journal published an article investigating the use of moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation. They concluded that moxibustion at acupuncture point BL 67 is effective and safe to correct non-vertex presentation when used between 33-35 weeks (4). Furthermore, they reported, ‘we believe moxibustion to represent a treatment option that should be considered to achieve version of the non-vertex fetus’ (4).

Another research article by Cardini and Weixin concluded that ‘that offering acupuncture type interventions at BL 67 to women with a breech foetus at 33 weeks gestation reduced the number of breech presentations at term, the number of caesarean sections required, and was cost effective when compared to expectant management.’(5)

Research: Acupuncture use for the treatment of depression in pregnancy

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists published a research article that found that ‘the short acupuncture protocol demonstrated symptom reduction and a response rate comparable to those observed in standard depression treatments of similar length and could be a viable treatment option for depression during pregnancy.’ (6)

 

References

  1. Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Acupuncture to treat neasea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized trail. Birth.2002Mar:29 (1):1-9
  2. Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Pregnancy outcome following women’s participation in a randomised controlled trial of acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy. Complement Ther Med. 2002 Jun; 10(2):78-83.
  3. Elden H, Ladfors l, Fagevik Olsen M, Ostaard H, Hagberg H. Effects of acupuncture and stabilising exercisers as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: randomised singleblind controlled trail. BMJ 2005;330:761
  4. Vas J, ArandaRegules JM, Modesto M, et al. Acupunct Med 2013;31:31–38.
  5. Cardini F, Weixin H. Moxibustion for correction of breech presentation. JAMA 1998; 280:1580-1584
  6. Manber R, Schnyer R, Lyell D, Chambers A, Caughey A, Druzin M, et al. Acupuncture for depression during pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial. Obstet Gynecol 2010;115:511–20. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20177281

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We help couples trying to conceive naturally or with IVF, increase their likelihood of a healthy conception by providing evidence based fertility acupuncture that has been reported in respected medical journals*. Our accredited acupuncturists are also experts in natural pregnancy support as well as the treatment of chronic and acute back pain, digestion issues, stress and anxiety, low moods, insomnia, headaches and migraines.

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