Pregnancy Services

 
 

Breech Presentation

cervical ripening

 

First Trimester

I know I savoured every opportunity to close my eyes and lie in feotus position and connect with my babies during each of my 3 pregnancies.  I was often struck by the waves of exhaustion I felt in the first few weeks of pregnancy and promised myself  restorative naps at any given opportunity.  More often than not we have to work or have a list of things to do that prevent us from napping. Taking time out to go for Acupuncture or Massage and sleeping on the plinth where possible will really stand to you and build your reserves. According to NASA 26 minutes is the optimum length to rejevenate our cells.

Acupuncture offers women the choice of drug free treatment and can be successfully used for the treatment of a wide range of conditions. Much research has been done to outline the safety and effectiveness of Acpuncture for typical pregancy issues such as Exhaustion, Nausea, Dizziness, High BP, Insomnia.

Acupuncture helps you to connect to your new growing baby and relax .

Morning Sickness It helps with nausea and motion sickness - keeping plenty of fluids to hand and not eating large meals after 8pm will help.  Applying pressing P6 Acupuncture point can be beneficial.

Hyperemesis is different to morning sickness (severe nausea and vomiting lasting beyond the first 12 weeks of pregnancy) and may require medical assistance Always consult your doctor if you are feeling faint, overly dehydrated, unsteady and weak or can't hold food down at all for more than 1 day. 

SEcond TRimester

 Second Trimester - between 13 weeks and 27 weeks 

Acupuncture can help with general non pregancy health conditions that you might ordinarily take medication for such as; sinusitis, cystitis, coughs and colds, headaches and stress related symptoms.   It will also help to alleviate pregnancy related swelling of  the hands and feet and heartburn.

Emotional Wellbeing 

According to a 2007 study published in the Acupuncture in Medicine journal, Acupuncture is an effective treatment for irritability, anxiety and depression.  Anxiety affects 1 in 7 pregnant women. 

THIRD TRIMESTER

Almost there.  Many studies have shown Acupuncure to be more effective for Pelvic Inflammatory Pain and more effective than just exercises. Acupuncture may be more effective than physiotherapy for pregnancy-related low-back and pelvic pain, according to a recent prospective study. 60 pregnant women with low-back and pelvic pain were randomised to receive 10 treatments of either acupuncture (30-minute sessions, given within 1 month) or physiotherapy (50-minute sessions of counseling and physical therapies, given within 6 to 8 weeks).Significant improvements were noted in pain and in the ability to perform daily activities in the acupuncture group. The physiotherapy group had less pain relief but symptoms did not become worse (as they often do in pregnancy).

While the physiotherapy group had a high dropout rate, which weakened the analysis, the researchers conclude that acupuncture is “promising enough to warrant further studies.”

Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2000; 79:331-335.

 research https://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/acupuncture/research/pelvic-pain/

Other physical issue you might be facing at this stage include Sciatica, sore back, breathlessness, the return of nausea, digestive issues.  Acupncture will also help the baby to engage and the application of moxa is successful in helping baby to turn from Breach position to head down. 

Breech Presentation   Breech turning - 70% effective between 34- 36 weeks,  moxa stick and information leaflet supplied. This session may take around 75 mins and includes Acupuncture and moxa treatment, you should feel confident about how to administer moxa and get the best results at home after then session.  While it's more likely that the turning of your baby will happen at home at night-time when you are resting comfortably for a long period as opposed to relaxing on the plinth while I am doing the moxa, you may  experience quite a few kicks from baby during the session and need to sit and relax for a few moments afterwards. 

If your baby in Breech presentation and it's after 36 weeks please do get in touch. It's never too late, please also speak with an Osteopath and your HealthCare practicioner/GP.

Note - this treatment does not induce labour

Note: I do not offer this  treatment for multiple pregnancies, it's often not neccessary once baby A is down.

 

Pre-birth Preparation From 37 weeks on we can use Acupunture to ripen or soften the cervix and mentally prepair you for labour
From 38 weeks we also recommend a weekly Acupuncture session to prepare you for birth. From 40 weeks onwards we can do a labour inducting acupuncture.   If you are overdue you may need more than one session.

Specific points are used to stimulate and strengthen uterine contractions, promote proper fetus positioning and encourage the downward movement of Qi (energy) which can bring on labour.

All published studies have shown acupuncture to be safe for both mother and fetus when applied by a qualified practitioner.  Be sure to find someone who is experienced in perinatal acupuncture protocols and techniques.

You may wish to bring your partner along for one of your sessions whereby I teach Acupressure techniques for birth partners to use during labour. Conditions may apply.  Research shows that just 3-4 pre-birth treatments can help reduce the need for medical intervention, inductions and Caesarean section.

Acupuncture Labour Preparation

From 40 weeks onwards we can carry out labour preparation Acupuncture.   If you are overdue you may require more than one session.

Specific points are used to stimulate and strengthen uterine contractions, promote proper fetus positioning and encourage the downward movement of Qi (energy) which can bring on labour.

All published studies have shown acupuncture to be safe for both mother and fetus when applied by a qualified practitioner.  

You may wish to bring your partner along for one of your sessions whereby I teach Acupressure techniques for birth partners to use during labour. Conditions may apply. 

Research shows that just 3-4 pre-birth treatments can help reduce the need for medical intervention, inductions and Caesarean section.

It is well understood that acupuncture helps to increase endorphin release. Acupuncture in labour helps the mother to remain calmer and more focused, increasing her body’s capacity to produce endorphins and bringing a greater capacity to cope with the labour pain.

Acupuncture energises. This will really help you have a welcoming attitude towards your labour

Post-Natal Acupuncture  A particular treatment, known as “Mother Warming” is a wonderful treatment administered around day 4-5 after birth. Following on from that come in as soon as you are feeling able or home visits can be arranged post-natally.  I often see women for post-natal massage and Acupuncture combination sessions after 6 weeks. This is a good time to get relief from muscular tension around the shoulder area and some tlc around the hip area and feet/legs which may have suffered from pre-natal swelling. 

What people are saying:

" Hi Emer, baby Georgia arrived last night. Thanks for  the sessions, no doubt they helped"

" Hi Emer, I just wanted to let you know that my 12 weeks scan went well so I keep going without any symptoms, but knowing my little one is good and moving all over the place:) Thank you for taking care of me for the past few months" Clara

" Hi Emer, So some of your Indian Zen must have transferred to me as I got a positive test! yay! I am so excited and nervous all togehter. " M.

All published studies have shown acupuncture to be safe for both mother and fetus when applied by a qualified practitioner.