The Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture

August 30, 2019 By Sarah WhiteNo Comments

The Benefits of Pre-Birth Acupuncture

Acupuncture is one of my absolute favourite modalities for helping pregnant women maintain optimal health. It’s a safe (there are literally hundreds of studies on acupuncture in pregnancy & fertility) and highly effective natural therapy that can be used to address a variety of pregnancy concerns include nausea, pain, anxiety and low energy.

Acupuncture is especially helpful in helping women prepare for labour and delivery. Pre-birth acupuncture is used from week 36 until the end of the pregnancy to promote a safe natural labour. Studies show that the use of specific acupuncture points in the weeks leading up to birth encourages the mother’s body to release prostaglandins; compounds that help to soften and ripen the cervix for labor. Acupuncture also increases oxytocin levels in order to gently encourage contractions, thereby reducing labour time. Aside from promoting a healthy and complication-free vaginal birth, pre-birth acupuncture can also be helpful when it comes to inducing labour in late pregnancy and can even encourage rotation of a breech-presenting baby.

Studies on pre-birth acupuncture demonstrate the following impressive statistics:

  • 31% reduction in the need for epidurals
  • 35% reduction in medical inductions for all women studied
  • 43% reduction in the need for medical interventions in women having their first baby
  • 32% reduction in caesarean delivery
  • 9% increase in normal, uncomplicated vaginal births. 

The weeks leading up to delivery can also be quite scary for patients as there are so many unknowns on the horizon. My pregnant patients love their pre-birth acupuncture sessions as they find these appointments to be incredibly relaxing. Acupuncture can be an extremely effective tool to calm the mind and reduce fears & anxiety during the 3rd trimester and I recommend that my patients begin pre-birth acupuncture weekly from weeks 36 until delivery.

If you have more questions, or if you live near Oakville and are interested in a customized fertility support program you can book your first visit online here.

References:

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This information is not intended as a substitute for the advice provided by your Naturopathic doctor or primary care physician. Do not use the information in this document for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. Always speak with your Naturopathic doctor before taking any medication or nutritional or herbal or using any treatment for a health problem. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly. Do not disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking professional advice because of something you have read online.

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MAY 13, 2021 AT 8:15 AM

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