You may have had a long journey with plenty of medical intervention to get this far. Now is the time to relax, let mother nature do her job and enjoy your swelling belly.
However should any minor pregnancy disorders develop, you may find acupuncture helpful.
Suggested Schedule: 1 treatment per week, or as needed.
Sinusitis that develops during pregnancy is often addressed with acupuncture.
Headaches are suffered by some women in the early part of pregnancy, and will, in most cases, respond quickly to treatment.
Constipation is a common occurrence in early pregnancy but fibre, adequate fluid intake, exercise and acupuncture can all help to manage it.
Heartburn can occur any time in the pregnancy but especially during the third trimester. Acupuncture and a careful diet can help lessen discomfort until such time it resolves when the baby moves lower in the pelvis.
Fatigue or Anaemia: many women notice that acupuncture helps them cope with the fatigue of early pregnancy. Later on, if fatigue persists then acupuncture and moxa combined with dietary measures or iron supplements may improve energy levels.
Persistent nausea or vomiting can be mild or quite debilitating. Acupuncture once or twice a week will in many cases help to manage these symptoms.
Excess weight gain: overweight women can give birth to overweight babies who are likely to suffer from diabetes and weight problems as they grow up. Diet, exercise and acupuncture may help to improve metabolism and weight loss.
Varicose veins in the legs or vulva cause local pain; while acupuncture does not cure these conditions it reduces the associated discomfort.
Haemorrhoids are a common complaint during pregnancy and especially after labour. Acupuncture and diet can help manage these and reduce discomfort.
Depression: acupuncture may be considered as an alternative to antidepressants in pregnant women where medication is not deemed appropriate by the GP, obstetrician or midwife.
Stress and anxiety: stress during pregnancy can have an impact on the baby’s immune system. Acupuncture reduces levels of stress hormones and promotes a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Pain: sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg cramps, rib or pubic bone pain can all cause discomfort that can range from mild to crippling. While most of these symptoms will resolve after delivery, their associated discomfort can usually be managed in the meantime with acupuncture which may be preferable to pain killing medication.
Skin rashes and itching can occur in the final trimester causing distress and lack of sleep. Acupuncture may be used as an alternative to steroids and antihistamines.