Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an exciting time in your life but also a period where your body undergoes some intense physical, hormonal, and psychological changes. Many pregnant women are understandably reluctant to turn to pharmacological options as a way to treat their symptoms, but that doesn’t mean they have to suffer. Acupuncture can be an extremely efficient way to treat a wide range of conditions and symptoms which women may suffer from whilst pregnant, as well as assist in the healthy growth and development of the foetus.

What Can Acupuncture do?

Acupuncture has been proven to be extremely effective when it comes to maintaining the health and welfare of both mother and baby during pregnancy. Family is one of the most important institutions in traditional Chinese culture and because of this, a great deal of Chinese medicine practices focused on the wellbeing of an expectant mother and her unborn child. Traditional Chinese medicine is incredibly adept at addressing an expansive range of conditions that women can suffer from during pregnancy. Acupuncture is a natural way to treat pregnancy related conditions such as:

  • Heartburn
  • Stress
  • Morning sickness
  • Haemorrhoids
  • Back ache
  • Mood changes
  • Fatigue
  • Ligament pain
  • Premature cervical ripening
  • Preeclampsia
  • Constipation
  • Dermatitis
  • Abdominal pain
  • Insomnia

Melbourne Pregnancy Acupuncture – Assisting in Growth and Birth

In some instances, acupuncture can also be used to stimulate growth in a foetus which is abnormally small. This is achieved by increasing blood flow to the womb. An increase in blood flow means more nutrients and hormones are provided, boosting the rate of foetal growth.

Inducing Labour
Helpful in instances of overdue pregnancies, acupuncture can be used to trigger the labour process. Unlike western medicine treatments for this condition which can result in uncomfortable labour, this acupuncture induced labour tends to be smooth and relatively comfortable for the mother.

If you would like more information about how our Melbourne based acupuncture can be used to ensure a healthy, enjoyable pregnancy and delivery, contact My Acupuncture on 9543 3866.