Acupuncture during the first few weeks of pregnancy

Regular monitoring of the pulse (a TCM diagnostic technique) and regular treatment with acupuncture designed to reduce anxiety may offer important and reassuring support during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Doctors in NZ showed that regular monitoring and reassurance reduces miscarriage rates in some of their patients. One study in China found that the incidence of miscarriage was reduced in the women to whom they gave Chinese herbs after embryo transfer in an IVF cycle.

Suggested Schedule: 1 treatment per week until week 12 of pregnancy.

Preparing for labour

Many pregnant women like to prepare themselves for labour and for the arrival of their new baby, both emotionally and physically. Midwifes often recommend acupuncture to help this process.

Some studies have been done examining the effect of acupuncture on preparedness for and length of labour, however larger trials are needed to confirm these findings.

Suggested Schedule: 1 treatment per week from week 35 or 36 of pregnancy.

 

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