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Pregnancy acupuncture for birth preparation in brisbane

Pregnancy Acupuncture in Brisbane


Acupuncture is becoming more widely recognised as a treatment option for many pregnancy related health issues and the effectiveness of acupuncture for labour induction is well documented.

Pregnancy acupuncture can be used at any time to support a healthy pregnancy and towards the end of the third trimester, the focus moves to strengthening and preparing the body for birth.

Studies suggest that a program of regular pre-birth pregnancy acupuncture has many benefits for a healthy pregnancy.

  • reduces the time spent in labour
  • reduces the rates of medical induction
  • reduces epidural requirements
  • reduces emergency caesarean sections
  • increases rates of  natural and uncomplicated vaginal births
  • reduce rates of post natal depression
Pre-birth pregnancy acupuncture is also beneficial for women who are required to or choose to deliver by elective caesearian. Acupuncture during pregnancy can aid post-operative recovery from caesarian births. 

 

Birth Preparation with Pregnancy Acupuncture

  • The best time to start a program of birth preparation pregnancy acupuncture is from 34 – 36 weeks.

It is at this time that the body naturally starts to initiate physiological and hormonal changes to facilitate birth. The focus of Acupuncture treatments in pregnancy is to assist in ‘ripening’ the cervix.' This means the cervix begins to soften and become more pliable which assists dilation, labour and delivery. The ligaments and tendons that support the pelvic bones begin to soften and relax. Pregnancy acupuncture and massage through the lower back, hips and pelvis promotes these changes allowing more effective expansion in birth.

It is natural to have some apprehension regarding the process of birth particularly if it is your first baby, or if you have had a difficult labour before. However, the hormones associated with stress and anxiety are a significant hindrance the commencement of and progression through the stages of labour. Acupuncture can stimulate natural endorphins allowing you to feel more calm and in control of your birth experience. It also stimulates the production of oxytocin which aids in contractions, breast-feeding and bonding.

It can be extremely beneficial to familiarize yourself with the four main hormones of labour: oxytocin, endorphins, adrenaline/noradrenaline (fight or flight) and prolactin. Understanding how these hormones work during labour can help you feel more at ease with the process. As a registered nurse and Acupuncturist, I will help you feel comfortable and educate you about this process.

Pre-birth Acupuncture is helpful at any stage that it is commenced, however it is most effective if it is following on from a series of regular treatments in each trimester. Other health interventions such as massage, osteopathy and naturopathy can also assist in preparing your body for labour and work well in combination with an acupuncture program. The practitioners at Vibe work in a team based model and if you see a group of us during your pregnancy we design a "healthy pregnancy program" to support your needs.

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