The process of welcoming a new baby into the world can be an exciting time for women, but it can also be accompanied by a great deal of pain and discomfort. Acupuncture has been around for centuries, and has been anecdotally helped women in every stage of their pregnancies, from the first trimester to delivery. Because various types of western medicines are unsafe to take during pregnancy, many women in Sydney are turning to acupuncture to treat the more unpleasant symptoms of their pregnancies.
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
According to Expectant Mothers Guide, “An Australian study conducted by Adelaide University in 2002 found that acupuncture during pregnancy had no adverse effects and was completely safe when done by a trained acupuncturist.”
Pregnant women can experience a range of issues. These issues can be small, such as general swelling of the ankles and legs. They also can be more troubling, like sharp back pains and cramping. With acupuncture, there are numerous pressure points that can be used to offer relief. Patients with aches, muscle tightness, and arthritis can find specialised pregnancy massage by an acupuncturist to be helpful. These treatments can also help those suffering with anxiety.
What symptoms during pregnancy can pregnancy acupuncture help with?
- Fluid retention
- High or low blood sugar
- Morning sickness
- Sleep problems
How can pregnancy acupuncture help with labour?
Acupuncture may also help women induce labour when they are farther along in their pregnancy and begin feeling uncomfortable. Women at around the 40-week mark may require some aid and acupuncture allows women to induce labour without the use of additional drugs or other more intense medical techniques. Popular mum and lifestyle Vlogger Rachel Weiland, made a video that described her use of acupuncture to treat her back and sinus pain and help to induce her labour.
Can pregnancy acupuncture help with childbirth?
Studies have shown that acupuncture has the potential to reduce the pain of childbirth. In this study women were given acupuncture treatments while in labour (traditional western treatments were also available). The researchers found that women were more likely to decline an epidural if they received acupuncture. The reason for this is partially attributed to the fact that the women experienced less stress. Childbirth is a natural process and your body automatically knows what to do, but extra anxiety can create a physiological response making the process more painful. With the help of a holistic professional, you can deliver your baby in a much more peaceful environment.
According to the American Pregnancy Association fertility acupuncture can treat some causes of infertility by increasing ovarian and follicular function, increasing blood flow to the endometrium, and helping to facilitate a thick lining. This video shows a demonstration of acupuncture for fertility, and gives a more in-depth description of how it works.
Looking for more holistic prenatal care in the wider Sydney and Randwick area?
Check out our list for everything from the best yoga spots to spa treatments:
- Sydney Aquanatal – Offers a fun and safe way to stay active during your pregnancy with classes in Rockdale, Edgecliff, Maroubra, Alexandria and more.
- Yummy Mummy Pregnancy Day Spa – Creating a new life isn’t easy and you deserve all the pampering you can get. The staff at this Clovelly/Randwick spa will be happy to provide it for you!
- Naked Foods – Get your organic health foods in bulk here so that you’ll be ready when the midnight munchies hit! Stores are located in Bondi Junction, Newtown, Double Bay and more.
- Yoga Mama – The experts at this Clovelly/Randwick studio will “help to bring strength, flexibility, and calm into your journey of motherhood”.