Acupuncture Pregnancy, Preparation for Labour and Post Birth Recovery
Preconception care and an Acupuncture Pregnancy is of special interest to me. I attended post graduate training with Debra Betts in 2016 on Developing Confidence in Maternity Acupuncture.
Increasing my understanding of how acupuncture can be used to provide care to women during the first, second and third trimester of pregnancy and the postnatal period and, as a result, has been very beneficial.
Moreover, Acupuncture is an ideal form of treatment as it offers women drug-free relief for a multitude of problems. These can arise both during pregnancy and childbirth.
Conditions helped by Acupuncture Pregnancy include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Varicose veins,
- Vulval varicosities,
- Urinary tract infections,
- Muscular skeletal conditions,
- Fatigue and exhaustion,
- Anaemia, insomnia,
- Anxiety and depression,
- Pregnancy-induced hypertension
- Breech births
In addition, pre-birth acupuncture can enhance the prospects of an efficient labour. Treatments should occur in the final weeks of pregnancy, usually from 37 weeks until delivery. This prepares the women for childbirth. It is an ideal method to help women prepare themselves to have the most efficient labour possible.
Feedback suggests that prebirth acupuncture offers a range of positive effects that goes beyond reducing the time spent in labour. As a result, midwives are reporting a reduced rated of medical intervention.
Improved Pain Levels During Labour
Furthermore, self-help acupressure techniques which can be used by the women’s support partner can also make a great difference. The levels of pain experienced during labour can be improved.
The Postnatal Period
Moreover, there are also real benefits in the use of acupuncture during the postnatal period. It helps to aid the overall recovery. In addition, it supports the many issues that can arise after the birth helping get the body back into balance.
‘Mother warming’ is also a useful one-off treatment given around day four or five post-birth. This includes the use of moxa (a warming herb) on the abdomen.
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