Thoughtful and Respectful Maternity Care
Pregnancy and childbirth are a deeply personal time in the life of a woman and her loved ones, while also being a period of emotional vulnerability. The maternity care should be gentle, respectful and informative; and take place in an atmosphere of trust, support, compassion and empowerment.
Pregnancy acupuncture can help by providing both pre and post birth care and support; and help to provide women with more confidence in their own bodies as they undergo the many changes that occur throughout the term of pregnancy.
Stages of pregnancy and labour, and the benefits of Traditional Chinese Medicine care:
1st trimester (0-12 weeks)
As this can be a sensitive time during pregnancy, acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine are able to help maintain the body to support a growing foetus throughout the term of pregnancy. Issues including morning sickness, back pain, musculoskeletal pain, fatigue, headaches, and stress about the pregnancy may be managed with pregnancy acupuncture during this time. Acupuncture is considered to be safe in the hands of a well-trained practitioner, but occasionally (as with all health treatments) may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases.
Acupuncture can be used for reducing both the severity and incidence of nausea, dry retching and vomiting during pregnancy.
2nd trimester (13-28 weeks)
During the second trimester, symptoms of morning sickness, back pain, headaches and stress may be treated with the use of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.
3rd trimester (28-40 weeks)
issues that may occur during this trimester include pregnancy related back pain and musculoskeletal pain which may be managed with pregnancy acupuncture.
Treatments after childbirth
You may wish to consider a follow up treatment 2-4 weeks post-birth to assess the general health of the mother. As childbirth can be a demanding and exhausting process, the treatment session may simply be to replenish the body’s energy.
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