PREGNANCY
ACUPUNCTURE

NATURAL SUPPORT FROM 
PRECONCEPTION TO BIRTH

PREGNANCY ACUPUNCTURE

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Pregnancy is always a very exciting and precious moment. However, for some ladies, pregnancy may be physically and emotionally challenging for different reasons.

Pregnancy acupuncture may be the ideal form of treatment as it offers women drug-free relief for a variety of conditions present during pregnancy and childbirth.(1) Treatment may be used to relieve a variety of symptoms including pregnancy related musculoskeletal pain.
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SUPPORTING A HEALTHY PREGNANCY TRADITIONAL CHINESE MEDICINE

Acupuncture may be used during the first, second and third trimester of your pregnancy. Check with your health care practitioner if acupuncture may be able to help you.

YOUR PREGNANCY ACUPUNCTURE JOURNEY

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WHEN CAN I START ACUPUNCTURE DURING PREGNANCY?

You can start acupuncture at any stage of your pregnancy. You can also start treatments even if you don’t have any particular symptom or complaint, as this may only assist to prevent any health issues which could develop during your pregnancy.

Ideally, from 4 weeks-12 weeks, weekly treatments may optimize maternal health to sustain and stabilise the pregnancy. Research also shows that regular monitoring and reassurance reduces miscarriages rates in some patients. (7)

 From 12-30 weeks pregnant, we suggest having treatments every fortnight or monthly. From 30-40 weeks pregnant we begin the journey of Labour Preparation or Induction Acupuncture. 

“At Holistic Acupuncture, we provide an unique pregnancy care from preconception to birth.”

RESEARCH

1. McDonald J, Janz S (2017),  ‘The Acupuncture Evidence Project: A Comparative Literature Review (Revised edition)’. Brisbane: Australian Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Association Ltd.
https://www.acupuncture.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/28-NOV-The-Acupuncture-Evidence-Project_Mcdonald-and-Janz_-REISSUED_28_Nov.pdf

2.Vas J, et al, (2013) ‘Using moxibustion in primary healthcare to correct non-vertex presentation: a multicentre randomised controlled trial’ Acupuncture in Medicine 2013;31:31–38. 
http://aim.bmj.com/content/acupmed/31/1/31.full.pdf3.

3. Wang, J et al, (2017). ‘Meta analysis on acupuncture for postpartum depression’. World Journal of Acupuncture – Moxibustion, Vol 27 Issue 1, pg 28-34. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S100352571730096X

4. Liu F, Luo SP. Effect of Chinese herbal treatment on Th1- and Th2-type cytokines, progesterone and beta-human chorionic gonadotropin in early pregnant women of threatened abortion. Chin J Integr Med. 2009;15(5): 353-58 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19802539

5. Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby J. Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: A randomized controlled trial. Birth. 2002;29(1): 1-9.

6.Carlsson CP, Axemo P, Bodin A, Carstensen H, Ehrenroth B, Madegård-Lind I, Navander C. Manual acupuncture reduces hyperemesis gravidarum: A placebo-controlled, randomized, single-blind, crossover study. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2000;20(4): 273-79

7. Liddell HS et al, Recurrent miscarriage-outcome after supportive care in a early pregnancy, Aust N Z Obstet Gynaecol.  1991 Nov;31(4):320-2.

8. Betts D, Lennox S, Acupuncture for rebirth treatment: an observational study of its use in midwifery practice. Med Acupuncture. 2006;17(3) 16-19. 

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