Pregnancy is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, growing and nurturing a new life is fulfilling, exhilarating, and inspiring. It is a time of personal growth and reflection for the mother, not only on what is happening inside her, but also what will happen after the baby is born. What will the baby be like? What sort of a mother will I be? Will I be able to cope?
Although pregnancy is a completely natural occurrence, it is nothing short of a miracle and, as a result, women will notice huge changes both physically and emotionally.
It’s not surprising therefore, that pregnancy can also be one of the most challenging times in a woman’s life, and often one when she is likely to turn to natural, safe therapies to help her through and to minimise any possible harm to her unborn baby.
Many women wonder whether it is safe to have acupuncture during pregnancy, in fact because acupuncture treats holistically it is perfect as a safe, natural, form of treatment which is free from side-effects. Our life energy (known as qi in Chinese Medicine) is responsible for nourishing our bones, internal organs, and tissues; as pregnancy progresses huge physiological changes take place throughout the body and can cause qi to become blocked or deficient which makes us feel physically or emotionally unwell. Acupuncture works by bringing the body back into balance and making us feel healthy again, each person will have acupuncture points chosen for their own particular individual needs.
How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?
Acupuncture is a great way of helping with a number of common aliments during all stages of pregnancy, and is always done with the knowledge of your midwife. Here are some of the common ones
- Morning sickness
- Food aversion
- Tiredness and exhaustion
- Back Pain
- Pubis symphysis pain
- Swelling ankles
- Turning breech babies (using moxibustion)
- Breast feeding problems including mastitis
- Persistent Lochia
- Urinary problems
- Perineal pain
- C-Section scars
- Post natal depression
If you are still unsure about whether acupuncture is right for you why not call for a free taster session (20 mins) to discuss any issues and help you make the choices that are right for you. Please call to make an appointment.
I practice at the Gooseberry Bush Clinic above the Café, a hub for all things pre, anti and post natal and I am offering £10 off your first consultation/treatment for pregnancy clients.