Acupuncture from Bump to Baby!
So, you’re finally pregnant! What a joyous time, but what happens when you are one of the women who have difficulties during pregnancy? Your normal over the counter medications are off limits, so what do you do? Well, thankfully, Acupuncture can help in many of the conditions of pregnancy.
In the early stages, I often work with women, who are suffering from morning sickness (which is very rarely confined just to mornings!), and it can make a big difference to those early weeks. Regular acupuncture treatments can also help with the chronic tiredness common in early pregnancy, and I often work with women who have a history of miscarriage, using Acupuncture to help to secure the pregnancy in those vital early weeks.
Lots of women come because they are suffering from Sinus pain and congestion, which can get worse in pregnancy, and of course, it’s harder to use any medications to treat it, but regular acupuncture can help keep you breathing freely and congestion free.
In the later stages, as the baby grows, many women come to me with back pain, hip pain, pelvic pain, or worse still, symphysis pubis pain. I love treating this with acupuncture, as many times, women can get up off my table pain free, it being the first time they’ve been pain free in weeks!
Also very popular with my clients is Pre-birth Acupuncture. Pre-birth acupuncture is when a woman is treated in the final weeks of pregnancy at about week 36/37 right up to the end.
It’s physical action is to help ripen the women’s cervix, prepare the pelvis thus encouraging her body to move into the optimum state for delivering her baby. It helps baby move into an anterior position whilst boosting the woman’s energy and mental and physical stamina. It can also help with any other issue she may be experiencing, whether it be physical or emotional from back pain to carpal tunnel, heartburn, hypertension, insomnia or even a growing sense of anxiety at the task ahead.
Research suggests that by having weekly sessions it can reduce the incidence of medical interventions, such as induction, C- section and even the need to have episiotomies.
Data on 169 women was gathered by 14 midwives as part of their midwifery practice in New Zealand. It found that when comparing all caregivers (midwives, general practitioners, and specialists) to those women who received pre-birth acupuncture there was:
~ An overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions (for women having their 1st baby there was a 43% reduction)
~ A 31% reduction in the epidural rate
~ 32% reduction in cesarean delivery
~ 9% increase in vaginal birth”
This data alone suggests that pre-birth acupuncture gives every pregnant woman a chance to reduce the need for medical intervention and a better chance of experiencing a desirable and more efficient labour.
I’I have some happy ladies I have treated using Moxa and acupuncture to help when babies are lying in breech position. We often do just one Acupuncture treatment, and then instruct the mum on how to use Moxa (A type of herb) at home for ten days to help baby turn. Helping a breech baby to turn can help the mum to avoid a C- Section and ensure a happier safer birth for mum and baby. It’s relatively simple and certainly worth a try if your baby is lying in breech position. The studies done on this show a 60% percent success rate and it’s certainly worked for many of my ladies.
Recently I’ve been treating a lovely Mum for high blood pressure and anxiety post- partum. She has been coming weekly since the birth of her baby, four weeks ago. On the first session, she was wearing her blood pressure monitor and the blood pressure came right down in the treatment room. Since then, her blood pressure has come down and her anxiety has been hugely relieved. She says she feels like a different person. She looks forward to her Acupuncture sessions every week now. Even though she has to get a lift in to her sessions, as she had a C- Section, the difference in her is so worth it that her family support her acupuncture sessions totally. It’s truly a joy to support mums at this important time.
Another lovely Mum came to me after the birth of her little boy, as she was suffering from carpel tunnel syndrome in her wrists and it was impacting her ability to feed her baby. After two sessions her pain was completely gone and she went on to breastfeed her baby successfully with no wrist pain.
If you would like help to sail through your pregnancy, or help after baby, feel free to contact Louise at Cherryblossom Acupuncture, upstairs at Castletroy Shopping Centre, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cherryblossomacupuncture.ie, 087-6357041
Louise Ryan M.Sc. Nutrition, Lic. Ac., Prof. Dip. CHM is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland (ACI). Louise has completed post graduate training in Acupuncture in Gynaecology and Fertility and Obstetric Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine and Distal Needling.
Castletroy Town Centre