Acupuncture in Pregnancy

The London Acupuncture Space adopts safe, supportive, drug-free treatments to promote a healthy pregnancy and natural birth.

Acupuncture and Pregnancy Programme:

Before Pregnancy:
Preparation for pregnancy can begin for the couple several months prior to conception. If both partners adopt a preconceptual healthcare programme including acupuncture and nutrition for at least 3-4 months prior to conception, it is possible to have an impact on the health of both the egg and sperm and reproductive outcomes.

The First Trimester: (0-12 weeks)
We recommend weekly acupuncture during the first trimester. During this stage, there is an increased risk of miscarriage and an even higher risk with IVF pregnancies or where there has been recurrent miscarriage.

The Second Trimester: (13-28 weeks)
We recommend bi-weekly or monthly acupuncture during this stage. Where there is morning sickness, urinary tract infections, constipation, sleeping problems, anxiety, back ache or blood pressure problems, more regular treatments may be advised.

The Third Trimester: (29-40 weeks)
Where there is breech presentation, acupuncture can help to turn the baby. In an Italian study of 260 pregnant women with breech presentation in week 33, 75.4% of the babies in the moxibustion group turned into a normal head-down position compared to 47.7% of those in the control group that did not have moxibustion.

We recommend Pre-Birth Acupuncture in the final 3 weeks of pregnancy to prepare women for childbirth. Research has demonstrated that the duration of labour in a group of 140 women giving birth for the first time was reduced from 8 hours and 2 minutes in the control group to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group that received pre-birth acupuncture.

Acupuncture is used sucessfully for labour induction and pain relief during childbirth. In a recent study, it was shown that acupuncture reduces the rate of epidural anaesthesia during labour. Midwives often comment that acupuncture reduces the rate of medical intervention.

Post-Natal Care:
Acupuncture plays a key role in the post-natal period, the six week period following childbirth. It may help with abdominal cramps, breast discomfort/infection, emotional support, uterine bleeding, night sweats, breast feeding problems, insufficient lactation, and post-natal depression.