Acupuncture for Pregnancy
Research suggests that acupuncture may be helpful at all stages of pregnancy though, as with most research related to complementary treatments, there isn’t enough evidence to definitely prove (or disprove) its efficacy. Nevertheless, we are firm believers that it can be helpful and we recommend that most mothers-to-be consider having it every four to six weeks or so as part of a “maintenance programme” for their well-being.
Research has been conducted into the help it may provide in a number of pregnancy-related areas:
– blood flow to the uterus
– boosting energy levels
– relieving stress
– relieving nausea
– relieving fatigue
– relieving back-ache
There’s lots that it can be used for in the last few weeks of pregnancy too in helping to prepare you for birth, like helping to induce labour, or to turn breech babies, as well as to help with pain relief during the birth itself. We encourage women to come to us on a weekly basis from 36 weeks onwards.
Acupuncture, along with all the other complementary services we offer at the Clinic – nutritional advice, counselling, massage and hypnotherapy, can be accessed on a one-off, ad hoc basis, as well as part of a more co-ordinated programme of support. The choice of how to use us is entirely yours, but you’ll always have the reassurance of knowing that your care is being looked at from a holistic perspective and that other specialists are at hand should you want or need them.