Pregnancy Acupuncture | The Trimesters
Pregnancy Acupuncture supports you and your baby.
Treatment involves minimal intervention, is drug-free and supports your's
and your baby's natural physiology.
We have years of experience helping mothers-to-be to get the most out of their pregnancy. Below is a summary of how it can be used throughout the different stages.
Rick has been using acupuncture to help couples conceive and maintain healthy pregnancies since 2004. He has worked within and alongside the Agora Gynaecology and Fertility Centre (Hove), as an acupuncture consultant, since 2010.
1st trimester (Up to 12 week scan)
Once you have a positive pregnancy test, acupuncture is recommended every week to two weeks, up to 12 weeks, to reduce the chances of miscarriage and to ensure good blood quality and circulation for you and your baby. It is also useful to counteract the effects of stress and worry, and is commonly used to help alleviate common conditions of early pregnancy such as morning sickness and fatigue.
Second and third trimesters
Between 12 and 36 weeks acupuncture is recommended about every four weeks. Treatment helps to maintain good circulation and to keep your system balanced. If during this period any other pregnancy related conditions develop then the frequency of treatment is altered according to their nature.
If your baby adopts a breech position we recommend treatment from 32 - 35 weeks to help turn it.
From 36 weeks
For the last few weeks, pregnancy acupuncture is advised once a week. The baby is ready and your body is preparing for childbirth. These pre-birth treatments help prepare you and your baby for labour and beyond.
Specific points are chosen depending on your constitution and pregnancy history. These include points to ripen the cervix, to soften the tendons and ligaments, to help optimize the baby's position and to build your stamina.
At this stage you may wish to bring your birthing partner with you for one session and I will demonstrate on you a collection of acupressure points that they can use on you before and during labour.
40 weeks +
As well as continuing to prepare you and your baby for labour and beyond, treatment is designed to induce labour. Points are used that directly stimulate the sacral plexus a collection of nerves directly involved with labour.
Where do the needles go?
From early in pregnancy we avoid abdominal points and generally use ‘distal’ points. These are generally on your arms and legs, below your elbow and knees and are the strongest points for affecting the physiology of your system.
I will always discuss what points I am going to use first and make sure that you feel comfortable. If you do not, please let me know.
How much treatment do I need?
At the initial consultation we go through your medical history and any notes or test results that you have, and combine these with a Chinese medical diagnosis to develop an individual treatment plan to suit you. Treatment is likely to be advised regularly for as long as necessary.
How do I book an appointment?
Read some of our pregnancy acupuncture blog posts here.