Here are the Top 5 Questions about Acupuncture during Pregnancy

Frequently asked questions about acupuncture in pregnancy

Mum to be

Which conditions can acupuncture help?
Women may find they suffer from ailments in pregnancy they would not normally experience. So acupuncture offers a natural approach in helping symptoms that occur.

• Morning sickness
• High/low blood pressure
• Anxiety
• Tiredness
• Migraine
• Headaches
• Back pain
• Pelvic pain (symphysis pubis syndrome
• Carpal tunnel
• Constipation
• Tender breasts
• Insomnia
• Haemorrhoids/piles
• Breach and posterior positions
• Labour inductions 40 weeks plus
• Fear/stress of impending birth
• Itching

How often and when can I have acupuncture?
It is safe to have acupuncture any time throughout pregnancy, from conception to labour. How often depends on whether you would like to have just supportive sessions at each trimester or if you require treatment for a specific ailment.

Is Acupuncture Safe in Pregnancy?
Acupuncture is a safe therapy during pregnancy and it is a great alternative if mothers to be wish to avoid taking medications for common ailments. In addition it works well alongside conventional medicine too.

How does it work?
Acupuncture forms part of Traditional Chinese Medicine and is thought to be over 2,500 years old and it is thought to move energies both organic and inorganic called ‘qi’ in the East. The needling of certain points on the body harmonises and improves the flow of qi bringing balance to the body.

Can I have Acupuncture to induce labour?
Yes, but there are a number of conditions. Acupuncture would only be offered if medically necessary, when the medical team are considering either a drug driven induction or C-section. The acupuncturist would need to speak to midwife or consultant directly for permission. Acupuncture for induction is a very gentle process although cannot be guaranteed to start labour.