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Acupuncture use in Pregnancy & Childbirth

Acupuncture is an ideal treatment during pregnancy. It promotes an efficient labour and natural birth, and offers women safe, drug-free relief from pregnancy problems and common ailments.

Promote Efficient Labour

Find out how pre-birth acupuncture can enhance the prospects of an efficient labour here >

Induce Labour

Acupuncture can help induce labour allowing women to achieve a natural childbirth.
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Pain Relief in Labour

A woman and her partner or support person can learn acupressure which not only enables close partner involvement during labour, but can make a signficant difference in reducing both the levels of pain experienced and play a role in reducing medical intervention.
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Turn a Breech Baby 

Read how moxibustion can provide effective treatment to turn a baby in breech position here >

Acupuncture to Alleviate Pregnancy Ailments

Acupuncture can be used to relieve common ailments such as morning sickness, sciatica and pubic symphosis pain which can not only improve a woman’s quality of life but also prevent them becoming serious enough to necessitate medical treatment.

Although rarely available in the NHS acupunctures 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;

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


Threatened miscarriage

Hypertension disorders including Pregnancy-induced hypertension

Gestational diabetes

Postpartum recovery