Pregnancy Acupuncture in Auckland
Pregnancy is a beautiful, exciting time in your life. As your little human grows, your body goes through many changes. Some changes can be positive, such as glowing skin and shiny hair. However, some changes can be problematic, such as:
Back, groin, or rib pain
Small for date babies
Acupuncture during pregnancy may be helpful in reducing or stopping your symptoms. Your first concern might be whether a treatment is safe for you and your baby. The answer is yes, when a properly trained acupuncturist gives the treatment. They know what acupuncture points are safe to use in pregnancy. Pregnancy acupuncture in Auckland at Bloom Acupuncture is a safe and natural treatment provided by a qualified and registered acupuncturist.
Breech Baby Acupuncture During Pregnancy
During your last trimester, you may find that your baby has not turned into a good position for birth. Acupuncture and a treatment called moxibustion can help encourage the baby to turn. Moxibustion is the burning of a stick made of mugwort leaves, and when applied over the skin at a specific acupuncture point, it may help turn a breech baby. Treatment at around 34 to 36 weeks gestation is a good time to try. One session is needed, at which time the practitioner will teach you how to use moxibustion at home so that you can treat yourself for a further period of 10 days.
Pre-Labour Pregnancy Acupuncture
Pre-Labour Pregnancy Acupuncture is a series of weekly treatments that takes place from 36 weeks gestation. The aim is to prepare the mother for labour. Acupuncture is safely used at specific points on the arms and legs to assist in ripening the cervix, helping the baby be in the best position for labour, boost the mother's energy, and relax muscles and tendons in preparation for birth. Research has shown that pre-labour pregnancy acupuncture may help reduce the length of time the mother labours and reduce the need for interventions such as forceps or caesarean sections. The patient will also be provided with information on acupressure points that can be used during labour to reduce pain and nausea, help establish contractions and help move the baby down into the pelvis. It's also a lovely calming time where you can focus on you in the lead up to welcoming your baby into the world.
There are specific acupuncture points that can be used to encourage the start of contractions and labour. Acupuncture for induction can be used when you have a medical induction booked and want to start labour more naturally. It is best to seek acupuncture treatment two to three days before the medical induction. If no induction is booked by your midwife or obstetrician, and there is no medical reason for bringing on labour, then acupuncture treatment will be focused on pre-labour preparation, not induction. If induction acupuncture is given too early, it can bring on labour before the baby is ready, which may prolong the delivery and possibly increase the need for interventions.