Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful time, however with the many physical and hormonal changes that occur,it can also be a time of discomfort. Many pregnant women suffer from nausea, other conditions that are considered a “normal” part of pregnancy. Acupuncture is a safe, gentle and effective way to address these complaints, especially since many western medications can’t be used during this time.
Acupuncture during the first trimester focuses on setting the foundation for a healthy pregnancy.
Acupuncture during the second trimester aims to maintain balance and offer relief from many common of the common complaints of pregnancy. Patients may come once or twice a month if the pregnancy is uncomplicated and there are no complaints. If addressing a certain issue, patients may need to come more frequently.
Preparation for Labour
Acupuncture during the third trimester prepares the body for labour and delivery. Treatment is given for breech presentation between weeks 32 -36. Treatment for labour induction can be given any time after week 39 if there are no complications with the pregnancy. Studies show that women who receive regular acupuncture during the third trimester typically have a shorter more productive labour.
Regular acupuncture during pregnancy sets the foundation for a healthy mother and baby. In addition, women who receive acupuncture during pregnancy often have a shorter and easier birth experience than women who don’t receive acupuncture. Several European studies concluded that women who received acupuncture once a week during last month of pregnancy had significantly shorter labour than women who did not receive acupuncture.
Colette Assor Lic Ac MBAcC is a trusted & experienced acupuncturist working as part of a team of health professionals at North West London Physiotherapy Centre, Hendon. Colette has almost 20 years clinical experience & runs Acupuncture Works an established acupuncture practise based in Hendon & Finchley North London. Colette has completed post graduate training in fertility & pregnancy acupuncture & is a proud member of the British Acupuncture Council & The British Fertility Society. Call 0208 368 1130 for a free telephone consultation.