For many women, pregnancy is a wonderful and cherished time. However, for some it is a physical challenge that can cause her to feel uncomfortable and ill. Pregnancy-related symptoms can dramatically affect the quality of life of a pregnant woman, sometimes to the point of anxiety or depression, because there are very few options available that are effective yet safe for both mum and baby.
Acupuncture is safe and non-invasive during pregnancy. Acupuncture has been found to be a natural and safe way to treat a number of pregnancy-related symptoms, such as sciatica, cramps, threatened miscarriage, nausea and vomiting, carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, fatigue and exhaustion, insomnia, anxiety and depression, anaemia, constipation, vaginal discharge, heartburn, itching, oedema, sinusitis, haemorrhoids and more.
Utilising a combination of modern research & ancient wisdom. Acupuncture is used to help return the body back to its most optimal natural balanced state, so that it has the best possible opportunity for a comfortable and healthy pregnancy.
How does Acupuncture help? Acupuncture helps to reduce stress, regulate hormones, block pain receptors, improve blood flow and maintain homeostasis.
Breech and posterior positions. It is always daunting to hear that your baby is breech in the last couple of months of pregnancy, especially if you are hoping for a natural birth. Research has shown that acupuncture (more specifically moxibustion) is a safe and effective way to turn a malpositioned foetus. An Italian study of 260 women experiencing their first pregnancy found that 75% of those treated with acupuncture had their babies turn, in comparison to 47% in those with no treatment. In a similar Chinese study, 81% of the babies turned with acupuncture, compared to 49% in the control group with no treatment.
Acupuncture to encourage labour and as a pre-birth treatment. Clinical trials have indicated that acupuncture can assist in reducing average labour time, and improving the chances of a natural birth. In one particular study carried out on a group of women who were giving birth for the first time, the average labour time was 6 hours in those who received pre-birth acupuncture compared to 8 hours in the control group.
When to come in for birth preparation and labour induction?
In preparation for birth, acupuncture is recommended from 36 weeks gestation, weekly for 3-4 weeks. Treatment focuses on softening the cervix, relaxing and softening the ligaments, regulating the hormones and reducing stress. Acupuncture has been found to be very effective in encouraging and progressing labour, once the due date is reached. Once overdue, Ilana will work out a frequency of treatment to support spontaneous labour.
What does the treatment plan consist of? Everyone is different, but most women feel an improvement in their symptoms after the first session. Up to six sessions may be required, depending on the particular problem presented. Treatments are usually scheduled weekly depending on your presentation.
You’re in good hands
Ilana is a fully qualified and accredited acupuncturist & Chinese medicine practitioner, who practices Pregnancy Acupuncture in Ivanhoe, Melbourne. She is passionate about inspiring and supporting couples who are trying to conceive or who have conceived, to have the best possible health during pregnancy. Acupuncture during pregnancy is natural, effective and non-invasive.
Ilana is recognised by all health funds that offer rebates for Acupuncture. Check with your fund to confirm your level of cover.
What are the next steps?
To book an appointment, click the button below or please call us on 0466866450.
If you have any further questions, please email Ilana.
@Ilana Sowter Acupuncture Auckland, New Zealand 2018