Acupuncture during pregnancy

Acupuncture offers a safe and natural treatment to use for the many problems that pregnancy can bring, including morning sickness or hyper emesis.

Acupuncture can also be used to treat other problems associated with pregnancy: constipation, back pain & sciatica, carpel tunnel syndrome, heartburn, leg cramps or restless legs, insomnia and anxiety.

The use of moxibustion, a technique used by traditional acupuncturists, is a very safe and effective way of turning a breech baby and is regularly recommended by midwives.

Acupuncture can also be used as a safe and natural form of induction if you have reached 40 weeks gestation and are trying to avoid a medical induction.

During the last few weeks of pregnancy (37-40 weeks), pre-birth acupuncture enables your body to prepare for labour and provides valuable rest and relaxation.

Instruction in Acupressure techniques can also be given for your partner to use during labour. These techniques can help as a natural way to relieve pain and help labour along.

See details of research into acupuncture and pregnancy.

Download a PDF on natural pain relief techniques in childbirth using acupressure by Debra Betts.