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Pregnancy and Postpartum Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a very safe and supportive way to help ease women through the various physical and emotional changes occurring each trimester. It also helps ensure a comfortable, healthy pregnancy and is very effective in addressing the profound changes women experience postpartum.

Commonly treated pregnancy and postpartum conditions include:

Abdominal pain after childbirth

Anemia

Anxiety & depression

Back, hip, and pelvic pain

Breastfeeding challenges

Breech & posterior positions

Caesarean recovery

Cervical ripening

Cholestasis

Coccyx injury

Constipation

Digestive irregularities

Edema

Fatigue & exhaustion

Frequent urination

Gestational diabetes

Headaches & migraines

Heartburn

Hemorrhoids, varicose veins, vulvar varicosities

Hypertension in pregnancy

Insomnia

Itching

IUGR

Labour preparation

Mastitis

Miscarriage prevention

Muscle cramps

Musculoskeletal pain

Nausea and vomiting

Poly/oligohydramnios

Pre-eclampsia

Pubic symphysis pain

PUPPP rash

Rib pain

Sciatica

Symphysis diastasis

Tears and episiotomy

Threatened miscarriage

Urinary tract infections

Vaginal discharge and itching

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Labour Preparation

 

Labour preparation acupuncture is relaxing, safe, and wonderfully effective to help reduce rates of medical induction, caesarean section, and interventions such as epidurals; promotes a faster, smoother, less painful labour, and creates feelings of calmness. Women find these treatments very relaxing and beneficial while inspiring faith in their bodies and the birthing process. 💜
 

 

Labour preparation acupuncture treatments are recommended weekly from 36 weeks onward. Commonly known as ‘cervical ripening’, these treatments help facilitate smooth labour by softening and ripening the cervix, relaxing the pelvic floor muscles to allow more space for baby, increasing blood circulation to the uterus, encouraging baby to descend into the birth canal in the proper position, promoting the release of oxytocin which helps the uterine muscles effectively contract when needed, and calming the nervous system to ease nervousness, fear, and anxiety. Acupuncture can also safely be used to induce labour when the birthing time has arrived, or is past due. 
 

 

Any other symptoms a woman might be experiencing in late pregnancy such as heartburn, sleep difficulties, back/hip pain, swollen hands and feet, leg cramps, and headaches can also be addressed and alleviated during labour preparation acupuncture treatments. 
 

 

Research shows that labour preparation acupuncture treatments:
 

1) Reduce the time spent in the first stage labor (the period of time between 3cm dilated and full dilation) by an average of 2 hours 
 

2) Reduce the number of inductions in first time Mama’s by 43% and 35% in all others


3) Reduce rates of epidural usage by 31%


4) Reduce emergency C-section rates by 32%


5) Increase vaginal birth rates by 9%

 

See research here and click 'read full text' on the right hand side.

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