Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments.
How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?
Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture, when provided by a trained practitioner, can give relief for a range of pregnancy related conditions:
High/low blood pressure
Migraine and other headaches
Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
An adjunct technique to acupuncture called moxibustion has been used for many centuries to turn a breechbaby. The herb mugwort also called moxa is 'compacted' into a cigar shaped stick, one end of which is lit and it's slowly smoldered directly above an acupuncture point on the little toe. Research is currently underway, but previous scientific studies have found promising results for the turning of breech babies; somewhere in the region of 80% success rate.
Acupuncture can be used to help to induce labour in an overduebaby. It should only be used for induction when the mother has passed her due date, and then only with the consent of the obstetric team in charge of the birth.
During labour acupuncture is used for pain relief and to boost the mother's energy if the labour is a long one. Acupuncture can also be used to restart labour if it has slowed down or if contractions have stopped.
Acupuncture is used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the 'baby blues'. It also is very helpful in treating mastitis.