What are the uses of Acupuncture in Pregnancy

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Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Acupuncture can be used to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions, offering women an alternative to taking medication. Acupuncture may also be used for the discomfort often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy that just has to be endured. While acupuncture is viewed by many as an ‘alternative’ medicine, it's use in pregnancy is widespread in certain countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand, where midwives undertake specialized acupuncture training.

The following list details the conditions that acupuncture has been used for;

  • 1st trimester- Miscarriage/ Threatened miscarriage/ Early pregnancy supportive care/ Nausea and vomiting
  • 2nd trimester- Constipation and hemorrhoids/ Varicose veins and vulval varicosities/ Headaches and migraines/ Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, pelvic and hip pain/ Fatigue and exhaustion/ Anxiety and depression/ Itching in pregnancy
  • 3rd trimester- Hypertension disorders including Pregnancy-induced hypertension/ Gestational diabeties/ Breech and posterior positioned babies/ Prebirth acupuncture to prepare the body for an efficient labour/ Preparation for a medical Induction (treatment 3 days prior)/ Acupressure for support people to use as pain relief during labour
  • Postpartum recovery- Energy, breastfeeding/milk production, after pains

Krista is a Women’s Health Expert.

As an acupuncturist Krista is like a gardener. It is her job to help the garden (her patients) to thrive. She is able to help nature along by providing the necessary water and fertilizer (a.k.a acupuncture & TCM modalities). Krista makes sure that the plants receive the right amount of sun and remove any weeds. Gardening takes time and effort, but the reward is a beautiful healthy garden with abundant flowers and vegetables.

When you work with Krista in clinic, on your initial visit you will complete a full health history evaluation. This looks at all body systems, in order to get a full picture of your health. Additionally, she will do a tongue, pulse and hara diagnosis, all of which provide another picture of what is going on in the body from a physical point of view. When the intake is complete she will determine your TCM diagnosis and treatment plan, followed by the treatment itself. Once the needles are in, they are retained for 20-30 minutes while you relax. The needles are then removed & once you are off the table she will discuss future treatment plans with you.

You can think of an Acupuncture treatment like removing a kink in a hose. If your garden hose has a kink in it, water cannot flow and without adequate water the plants cannot thrive, grow and flower. As an Acupuncturist Krista detects and corrects where the kinks or blockages in the flow of Qi (energy) are. Once located, she can use specific points & TCM modalities to un-kink and restore the proper flow of Qi, so that your cells, muscles, tissues and organs can function correctly.