Our Pregnancy Treatments
Breech & Posteriors
Acupuncture and moxibustion is more effective than observation in revolving breech fetuses. If you know you have a breech or posterior, it is best to start treatment early around week 33-34, and not to wait till past week 36. After your first session, you will be given ‘homework’ to do on your own, as well as a ‘take-home’ pack of smokeless moxa sticks.
While it is preferable not to force an otherwise natural process, induction is worth considering especially for post-dates, premature rupture of membranes (PROM) or if a medical induction or cesarian has already been planned, e.g. in the case of placental insufficiency. We have reasonably happy outcomes especially if given at least a week to work with you.
Pregnancy Itch and PUPPP
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) is an itchy, bumpy rash that starts in the abdomen during the third trimester, and often resolves within weeks of delivery. Most women coming for treatment either do not want to use topical steroids, or have not seen sufficient improvement with the use of steroids and antihistamines.
As a clinic which also sees skin conditions, we have found acupuncture to be useful and are confident it can provide some level of relief if you do happen to be suffering from PUPPP.
Morning sickness is not something that stops at noon. Most pregnant women come in either because they are already starting to feel nauseous, or because they are vomiting more frequently and do not want to go in for an IV-drip. At the clinic, we provide treatment using acupuncture and may also layer in some visceral manipulation if necessary. We have seen moderate to good results, especially for the dizziness that comes with the nausea. Patients who want to come in for acupuncture are encouraged to book in for the initial session, then monitor her response to the session.
Water retention, or edema, can develop in the lower extremities of pregnant women during the early third trimester. Some women have a tendency to accumulate fluids in the their upper extremities also.
Patients often come for acupuncture, which helps to treat the edema in a systemic way. One of the important points used help stimulate the lymphatic bottle neck in the inner side of the calves. However, some patients respond well to the hands-on precision of our Lymphatic Drainage Therapist, who will figure out the exact site of congestion and clear them, as well as provide useful self-care techniques.
Sciatica in Pregnancy
Sciatic can be so painful during pregnancy it keeps you from doing even the most basic of things. Treatment with more aggressive methods is usually contraindicated, and here is where acupuncture is very useful.
Acupuncture is especially effective for pain relief. We do have to be careful exactly which points are chosen, especially for women presenting with sciatica during pregnancy, and see reasonably good results after treatment. Treatment with acupuncture is most helpful when the pain starts appearing, and not when the pain has gotten too severe.
Prepare for Birth
Research by Rabl (2001) showed that acupuncture shortened duration from due date to delivery by almost 3 days. 4 out of 45 women were delivered within 24 hours of their first acupuncture treatment, while no women in the control group delivered within 24 hours of their first examination. In the end, only 20% in the acupuncture group was medically induced, compared to 35% in the control group.
Research by Zeister et a (1998) concluded that one positive effect acupuncture had was in shortening the first stage of labor. In the study, the acupuncture group had a median duration of 196 minutes compared to 321 minutes in the control group.
Consider two sessions of pre-birth acupuncture after the 36th week to facilitate ease in the imminent birth journey.
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