Here are some of the things acupuncture and Chinese medicine can be used for:
Nausea and vomiting – a common, but miserable side-effect of pregnancy, nausea is sometimes hard to shake! A few regular acupuncture sessions can help control nausea, making symptoms more manageable and helping control vomiting in extreme cases.
Pain - acupuncture is well-known for being able to alleviate pain of all types. From normal aches and pains of pregnancy to sciatica and carpal tunnel, Chinese medicine can help! Bodywork is often used in combination with needles to increase the effects of treatment.
Breech presentation - a big cause of anxiety for mamas late in pregnancy, there is a well-established, very simple protocol that has good rates of turning breech. It is totally non-invasive and doesn’t even require the use of needles!
Pre-birth treatments – these are a wonderful way to prepare your body and mind for labor! Weekly treatments from 37 weeks on help prepare the body for birth by balancing energy, calming the mind and emotions, helping open the pelvis, ripen the cervix, and get energy moving in the low belly. Reports also suggest that these treatments decrease complications during labor and may even shorten its duration.
Labor stimulation - acupuncture is a gentle, easy approach to jump-starting labor. This is a wonderful tool for post-due mamas, and those approaching the window for medical induction. It doesn’t force the body, but can be the little nudge it needs to get things moving.
There are also many other issues that can be addressed with acupuncture, including:
-urinary tract infections, acute or chronic
-carpal tunnel, sciatica and other nerve impingements
-fatigue and insomnia
-anxiety, depression and emotional swings
-vaginal irritation and yeast infections
-high blood pressure
-stabilizing and supporting pregnancy for someone with a risk for miscarriage
-constipation and hemorrhoids
In addition to all these symptoms, acupuncture and massage are just great for you! They help decrease stress, calm emotions, increase immune function and generally nourish the body/mind and spirit. These are all wonderful in general, but also greatly contribute to a healthy pregnancy and smooth labor.