Acupuncture does it again.
Acupuncture is a highly effective, safe and natural method for many pregnancy concerns women face almost always. In recent years this ancient technique has been gaining more and more recognition for helping pregnant women maintain optimal health. As it should.
Pre-birth acupuncture is used during final weeks of pregnancy, the 36th week until the end of the pregnancy. Acupuncture helps in preparations necessary to gently and safely welcome baby in the world in a timely matter by promoting a safe, efficient and natural labour.
A study has found that pre-birth acupuncture resulted in the following:
- 35% reduction in medical inductions (43% reduction for women having their first baby)
- 31% reduction in epidurals
- 32% reduction in emergency caesarean delivery
- 9% increase in normal, uncomplicated vaginal births.
Pre-birth acupuncture will encourage the mother’s body to naturally release prostaglandins to soften and ripen the cervix for labor, and oxytocin to trigger contractions, in return reducing labour time. It also helps to calm the mind to reduce fears and anxiety during the labour, which speaks to great length. Aside from promoting a smooth vaginal birth, pre-birth acupuncture can also be help in post-date pregnancy. It is individually tailored to include points that encourage rotation of a breech-presenting baby, and treat late pregnancy symptoms such as: heartburn, leg cramps, back pain, insomnia, swollen hands and feet, and fatigue.
It is recommended that pregnant women start pre-birth acupuncture weekly from weeks 36-37 onwards The treatment will takes 30-45 minutes, most acupuncture points will be on the arms and legs based on concerns the mother might have and the history of the pregnancy.