Acupuncture can be used through all stages of a pregnancy. It may help with many pregnancy complaints that Western medicine has no, or limited, help for: morning sickness/nausea, back and pelvic pain, threatened miscarriage, constipation, pregnancy migraines/headache, turning breech baby or posterior baby to name a few. Acupuncture is also be used for labour preparation. Recent research conducted through NICM and WSU shows promising results for acupuncture in the assistance of pregnancy related depression.
Acupuncture for labour preparation is best started at 36/37 weeks. It consists of weekly treatments until you go into labour. The treatments aim to help encourage braxton hicks contractions, period pains, optimal foetal/baby positioning, engagement and cervical effacement and/or dilatation. Starting treatment at 36/37 weeks does not mean you will go into labour this early. It is a way to prepare your body, mind and baby for the events about to take place. Acupuncture points used during the treatment are changed to reflect each week that passes and you get closer to your due date.
Moxibustion (or 'moxa') may be useful to help turn a breech baby. Breech babies are best treated from 32-34 weeks, however babies as late as 38 weeks may be turned also. Treatment usually involves an acupuncture session and teaching you how to use the moxa. Women then take moxa sticks and instructions to continue the treatment themselves in the comfort of their own home. A full course of moxa treatment to turn a breech baby is usually 10 consecutive days.
Jacinda’s combined doula experience and Chinese medicine knowledge ensures you receive far more superior informative treatments that many acupuncturists simply can’t offer.