Acupuncture for Pregnancy
Acupuncture is especially beneficial in treating the mother and baby’s health throughout the entire pregnancy, either through natural conception or through IVF. Pregnancy is an amazing and wonderful time for many women, but others may suffer through their pregnancy.
During the first trimester, some women experience severe morning sickness from usually 5-12 weeks which includes nausea and vomiting. Other women may have stress due to spotting or bleeding or even threatened miscarriages. Up to 1 in 5 confirmed pregnancies end in miscarriage before 20 weeks, but many other women miscarry without having realised they are pregnant (PregnancyBirthBaby).
Miscarriages are more prevalent in the following women:
- 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)
- Drink alcohol in the first trimester
- Drink too much caffeine in coffee, tea or energy drinks
- Had several previous miscarriages
Please download this pdf for suggested guidelines of possible Miscarriage Prevention Tips.
In the second trimester, some women may be suffering from constipation. This is a common occurrence, however, extra fibre, adequate food and water intake, exercise, acupuncture and herbal medicine may significantly help your symptoms.
Mothers with gestational diabetes could also benefit from acupuncture, diet advice and exercise. As well as those who suffering from other pregnancy related symptoms during the second trimester.
Stress and anxiety during pregnancy could impact the baby’s immunity. Acupuncture is able to help reduce stress hormones and bring a sense of relaxation for both mother and baby during the pregnancy.
During the third trimester, low back pain, sciatica, carpal tunnel, cramps in the legs, fluid retention can cause discomfort for some pregnant women. Whilst these symptoms are better after the delivery, during the last few weeks, acupuncture may help with relieving these symptoms without the need for medications.
From 35 weeks onwards, weekly acupuncture appointments will help provide maximum support for you during this time before the birth of your child.
Our main goal is to support you during your entire pregnancy, provide personalised care for and advice to you throughout this important time.
Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine may be helpful to assist with post-partum recuperation for the mother. Acupuncture can also used in paediatrics and babies.
Eli Huang also has two children of her own (1 year old and 3 year old) and knows what it is like to personally go through pregnancy and labour. She is here to help you on your own exciting journey of pregnancy and motherhood and can provide lots of helpful advice. She would be happy to answer any questions you may have about pregnancy.