Acupuncture aims to create a balanced state of health for couples trying to conceive, and for mother and baby during and after pregnancy.
A healthy pregnancy and labour is considered important to ensure the best possible start in life for a child and to reduce the risk of later ill-health. Mothers too, are believed to benefit from an harmonious pregnancy and birth, especially in the postnatal period.
FOR CONCEPTION ACUPUNCTURE CAN:
Strengthen and support any underlying deficiencies that may be hampering conception.
Support western treatments for female fertility e.g endometriosis or polycystic ovaries.
Help to improve male fertility by improving sperm count, mobility and shape.
Maintain optimum health during IVF cycles.
Relieve symptoms after egg collection.
Support pre and post embryo transfer.
DURING PREGNANCY ACUPUNCTURE CAN:
Relieve morning sickness.
Help with digestive disorders e.g heartburn.
Reduce excessive tiredness.
Relieve pain and discomfort e.g backache or pelvic girdle pain.
Correct malposition of the baby i.e turn a breech presentation to head down position.
DURING LABOUR ACUPUNCTURE CAN:
Help with labour pains and reduce the necessity for drugs.
Promote contractions and onset of labour.
Smooth the transition between the first and second stages of labour.
Relay anxiety and increase energy levels.
Assist with the delivery of the placenta.
Prevent excessive blood loss.
AFTER BIRTH ACUPUNCTURE CAN:
Improve milk supply
Support the healing process and help the mother to return to her normal weight.
Increase energy levels.
Alleviate postnatal depression.