Acupuncture use in Pregnancy

Acupuncture can be used to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions, offering women an alternative to taking medication. Acupuncture may also be used for the discomfort often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy that just has to be endured. While acupuncture is viewed by many as an ‘alternative’ medicine, it use in pregnancy is widespread in certain countries such as Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland and New Zealand, where midwives undertake specialized acupuncture training. In 2009 Hutt Valley Hospital invited the New Zealand School of acupuncture to run clinic specifically for pregnancy related conditions. The following list details the conditions that acupuncture has been used for in this clinic;

  • Miscarriage
  • Threatened miscarriage
  • Early pregnancy supportive care
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Varicose veins and vulval varicosities
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Musculoskeletal conditions such as back pain, pelvic and hip pain
  • Fatigue and exhaustion
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Itching in pregnancy
  • Hypertension disorders including Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Gestational diabeties
  • Breech and posterior positioned babies
  • Preparation for a medical Induction
  • Prebirth acupuncture to prepare the body for an efficient labour
  • Acupressure taught to support people to use for pain relief during labour
  • Postpartum recovery
  • Anaemia
  • Carpal Tunnel syndrome
  • Heartburn
  • Insomnia
  • Oedema
  • Sinus problems
  • Tiredness and exhaustion
  • Thrush

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