Antenatal care and childbirth
During the first eight months, acupuncture can be very effective in relieving nausea and vomiting. Persistent vomiting can lead to dehydration; it is therefore important to reduce its severity and incidence as soon as possible.
Acupuncture is also effective in relieving symphysis pubis pain in the later stages of pregnancy.
When approaching birth, I will prepare you for labour from week 36-37. Weekly acupuncture treatment at this stage seems to help women in having a more efficient labour. I use Debra Betts’ pre-birth protocol that shows to have clinical benefits in reducing medical interventions during labour and therefore increases the rate of normal vaginal births.
Acupuncture and acupressure are very efficient in inducing labour. It is most effective when performed between 10-14 days overdue.
It is also possible to turn a breech baby. I will treat you only once and give you two moxa sticks to use at home on one specific point on each foot.
I do attend my patients’ labour if they wish, to promote pain relief and efficient uterine contractions.
Following the birth, acupuncture, lifestyle and dietary advice are helpful to prevent disharmonies developing. Acupuncture can also help with – persistent uterine bleeding, after pains, perineal discomfort, breast feeding problems and postnatal depression.