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Pregnancy Acupunture

Pregnancy Acupuncture

Chinese Medicine During Pregnancy

Chinese Medicine can be a very helpful tool to support a happy and healthy pregnancy. Many women use Chinese medicine anywhere from once a week throughout their entire pregnancy, while others use it as conditions arise. It is very important to find an experienced, well trained practitioner who is knowledgeable in the appropriate and effective pregnancy acupuncture points. It can be a safe, comfortable and cost effective treatment for many problems that commonly develop during pregnancy.

Yvette Dellanini Ward, L.Ac,. holds an additional certification in Acupuncture Obstetrics with extensive experience and training in this specialty . She is certain to make sure each woman feels comfortable and relaxed during their sessions at Sage.

Below are some common conditions successfully treated during pregnancy.

Acupuncture for Labor Preparation and Post Partum

Breech Presentation

ub67-close-smoke-renderedMoxabustion has a high success rate to correct breech presentation. The technique is most effective between the 29th and 34th week, up to 36 weeks of pregnancy. The optimal time for effectiveness is 32-34 weeks, starting as early as possible. Past the 36-37th week it is more difficult as there is not as much room for the baby to turn.

Labor Preparation

Support smooth labor and delivery. When used with the appropriate timing and frequency acupuncture can be a very effective way to prepare the body for a smooth and comfortable labor and delivery. A recent study showed for women who used acupuncture regularly during their pregnancy had a decreased the time of “hard” labor. It is best to start the “labor preparation acupuncture” ideally around week 35 and have a treatment at least once a week from that point on.

The main strength of acupuncture for labor preparation is not to compete with an epidural; it is more to prolonged or eliminate the need for pain medications and decrease labor time. Many women actually won’t choose an epidural due to such quick labor time.

The main goals of Labor Preparation Acupuncture are:

As part of your labor preparation you will also be given other recommendations of things you can be doing at home to prepare your body for an enjoyable birth experience.