Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Acupuncture is a safe and effective treatment option to use throughout pregnancy. From assisting with conception, to easing morning sickness, aches, pains and calming anxiety, there are many applications for acupuncture.

Acupuncture can be used to “ripen” or soften the cervix, helping your body transition into labour. You might be thinking, “how can poking my body with little needles help me deliver our baby?”

Acupuncture is one of the modalities used by naturopathic doctors, originating from traditional Chinese medicine. It has been around for hundreds and hundreds of years and has stood the test of time. The body is mapped out into meridians in which energy moves through the body. By stimulating certain points around the body, you are activating specific meridians to increase energy flow and blood flow. This increase in blood flow will promote blood flow to the uterus and cervix, aiding the natural cervical thinning process that takes place before labour, help relax the pelvic floor muscles, calm the mind and prepare the body for labour.

This isn’t a single-treatment-and-you’ll-be-in-labour kind of thing. This is a gradual process that can help ease your labour when the time comes. Ideally you want to begin this process around week 36 of your pregnancy.

Questions? Come in and chat with me, and we can see if this is something that you will benefit from.

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