Pregnancy

Pregnant woman and acupuncture

Acupuncture, pregnancy and tips for miscarriage prevention

Acupuncture is especially beneficial in treating the mother and baby’s health throughout the entire pregnancy, either for natural conception or through IVF.

First trimester
During the first trimester, acupuncture is effective in treating morning sickness from 5-12 weeks. It is able to significantly reduce nausea and vomiting.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs also assist in the prevention of miscarriage. Australian statistics report that 1 in 4 women may suffer a miscarriage within the first 12 weeks, it can also be as high as 50% because of many unreported cases.

Please download this pdf for a list of Miscarriage Prevention Tips.

Miscarriages are more prevalent in the following women:

  • Smokers
  • Women over 40 years old
  • Obese overweight women (twice as likely to have a miscarriage as a woman of healthy weight. There is twice the risk that her baby will not survive.)
  • Those with poor lifestyles (even the partners of the women)
  • Poor sperm quality


Second trimester

In the second trimester, acupuncture for pregnancy will help in the overall health of mother and baby by reducing signs of constipation in the mother. This is a common occurrence, however, fibre, adequate food intake, exercise and acupuncture will help to resolve it.

Acupuncture and herbs will also help with decreased energy and fatigue for the mother.

Overweight women and those suffering from gestational diabetes may benefit from acupuncture, diet and exercise. It will improve metabolism and help weight loss.

Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can impact the baby’s immunity. Acupuncture is able to reduce stress hormones and bring a sense of relaxation for both mother and baby.

Third trimester

During the third trimester, pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, cramps in the legs, can cause discomfort. Whilst these symptoms are better after the delivery, during the last few weeks acupuncture may relieve these symptoms without the need for medications.

Using acupuncture and moxibustion may be able to reverse a baby in the breech position during pregnancy. Ideally if commenced at week 33-34 there is a 75-80% success rate which will reduce complications resulting from necessary caesarean from breech baby.

In the last few weeks before delivery, clinical studies have shown that women who have had acupuncture twice a week in the month leading up to their due date will have shorter labour, speed up delivery, and require fewer medical inductions, emergency cesareans and less complication.

Post delivery, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is able to assist in post-partum recuperation for the mother, assist in weight loss, help with milk production for the baby, and significantly reduce post natal depression.

Contact Eli to make an appointment at either the Sydney city or Fairfield clinic.