Acupuncture and Pregnancy
Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Childbirth
Baby boost treatments start at 31 weeks to prepare for labor but its recommended to start earlier in your pregnancy. Acupuncture points are used to help to bring more blood flow the cervix, to help position the baby in the best presentation for labor and to strengthen and support women to begin labor.
Positioning the Fetus
Specific acupuncture points and the use of moxibustion has been shown in recent studies to help with turning a breech baby. Success rates are higher if patient is seen between 32-36 weeks of pregnancy. Patients will also learn techniques to be done at home.
Pain Relief during Labor
Acupuncture has been shown to increase the natural endorphins in your body that provide pain relief. The effect of acupuncture for pain relief has been likend to the effects of morphine. If you are choosing to have a drug free labor, acupuncture can provide an alternative with no unwanted side effects.
Two studies done in Norway that have shown the use of acupuncture as analgesia significantly reduce the use of both epidurals and other Western pain medications.
Avoid Prolonged Labor:
Acupuncture works by moving and directing blood flow in the body. If labor becomes stalled or slow to progress using specific acupuncture points can help to bring blood flow to the help ripen and dilate the cervix, and increase contractions.
Boost and Conserve Energy
Labor can be long and as a result women can become so fatigued that they feel as though they can’t continue. Acupuncture can help to boost and conserve the mother’s energy so she can make it through the duration of her labor.
Calm and Reduce Stress Levels:
Stress, fear and anxiety may crop up at different parts of labor. When the body is fearful we are acting from our Sympathetic Nervous system which tells us to fight or flight. When we are in a state of “fight or flight”, blood is shunted to our arms and legs and away from our uterus and reproductive organs. Acupuncture helps to calm our sympathetic nervous system and bring blood back to our reproductive organs where it will be most useful.
Post Partum Recovery
Post baby treatments are designed to replenish mom. Focus is on increasing energy, helping with anxiety, depression and stress and building the bodies resources up so that you can be healthy and strong for your family.