Pregnancy & Birth

During a pregnancy, many women receive Acupuncture treatments to help ease them through their trimesters and ensure a healthy birth and a healthy baby. Pregnancy is a time when many people are looking for natural remedies and non-invasive, drug-free treatments so as to not cause any harm or risk to the baby.

Pregnancy Birth AcupunctureAcupuncture is known to be effective in the treatment of the following during pregnancy:

  • Morning sickness
  • Varicose veins
  • Vulval variscosities
  • Migraines/headaches
  • Constipation
  • Lower back pain and sciatica
  • Anxiety
  • Oedema
  • Exhaustion
  • Depression
  • Lack of libido
  • Food cravings
  • Stress
  • Insomnia

See case study of how Acupucture helped turn Sarah’s baby

Hyperemisis

Hyperemisis is the name given to extreme cases of vomiting during pregnancy whereby the pregnant woman becomes dehydrated. In Western medicine the only option available is to rehydrate the patient in hospital and administer an emetic. Acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.

See Anne Marie’s case study on how Acupuncture helped manage hyperemisis.

Birth

Many women experience fear and anxiety about how they will give birth when the time comes. 5 Element Acupuncture helps you address the issues. Karen offers a birthing service as part of her practice. Prior to your labour, she visits you and your partner to answer any questions you may have regarding the labour and what you both would like to offer in terms of support. It is important that the partner also feels comfortable with the acupuncturist.

When labour commences, Karen will come to your home to place the needles in position before labour becomes too intense. All needles are extremely fine and are taped down in order to facilitate walking, bending, lying down, kneeling etc.

Acupuncture can assist delivery in the following ways:

  • Dilation can be encouraged.
  • Pain relief through Acupuncture means you are able to work with the contractions.
  • The placenta can be delivered swiftly without the use of drugs.
  • Acupuncture helps keep you in a relaxed state during your labour.

If you are contemplating a natural birth in hospital, Acupuncture is a safe and effective way of ensuring your labour is smooth and harmonious.

Birth Plans – empower yourself with the ‘write’ words! All women who hope for a natural birth – without medical or chemical intervention – in a hospital environment should write a birth plan. The birth plan is an expression of your needs. Think about it, speaking coherently during labour is likely to be difficult. So having a piece of paper upon which your wishes are clearly set out is a good idea.

See how Acupuncture helped Anne Marie during Labour.