Pregnancy 

Pregnancy acupuncture and maternity reflexology safely support pregnant women, aiming to promote a healthy, viable pregnancy, and natural birth.

Why Choose Us?

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Over 20 years clinical experience

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Specialism in pregnancy acupuncture, and maternity reflexology

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Former pregnancy acupuncturist at The Zita West Clinic

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Acupuncture experience at home-birth, midwifery-led birth-centre, and hospital labour ward

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We run acupuncture workshops for midwives, and obstetricians

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Members of British Acupuncture Council, and Acupuncture Childbirth Team

Pregnancy Acupuncture

1st Trimester Acupuncture

Weekly acupuncture until week 12 to promote to help prevent miscarriage, manage nausea and vomiting, increase energy, prevent constipation and bloating, and reduce anxiety and help sleep.

2nd Trimester Acupuncture

Every 2-4 weeks, acupuncture can help maintain health and prevent common pregnancy symptoms; back pain, hip or pelvic pain, cramps, stress, SPD, sciatica,  indigestion, hemorrhoids, insomnia.

3rd Trimester Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a natural and gentle treatment to support the 3rd trimester, either for general health, to turn a breech baby, prepare for child birth, ease carpal tunnel syndrome, oedema, or an induce labour.

Turn Breech Baby (Moxa)

Acupuncture and Moxibustion is recommended for breech presentation. Research highlights a reported success rate of 84.6% after 34 week. We teach clients how to use a moxa stick at home. 

Pre-birth Acupuncture

Pre-birth acupuncture refers to four weekly treatments beginning at 36 weeks’ gestation to prepare women for childbirth. Pre-birth acupuncture has positive effects in softening the cervix and optimum positioning.

Labour Induction Acupuncture

Acupuncture for labour induction may involve up to three sessions, possibly on consecutive days.  It promotes relaxation, ripens the cervix and stimulates the hormone that triggers contractions (oxytocin). 

Post-birth Acupuncture

Acupuncture or ‘Mother warming’ is a treatment given to women post-birth to increase energy, re-balance hormones, support recovery from c-section or vaginal birth, and to promote healthy milk supply. 

Maternity Reflexology

Maternity Reflexology

Reflexology safely promote health and well-being during pregnancy.  Recommended during the second and third trimester only, to prepare for birth and to induce labour naturally.

Pregnancy Nutrition

Pregnancy Nutrition

Nutritional consultations are available to ensure optimum nutritional supplementation for mother and baby, and to promote healthy eating during pregnancy and post-birth.

Conditions

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Pre-natal

Pre-natal acupuncture or maternity reflexology to stop smoking, promote relaxation, aid fertility naturally or in conjunction with fertility treatments, such as IVF and IUI. Recommended if there is a history of miscarriage or complexities with previous pregnancies.

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Ante-natal

Ante-natal acupuncture or maternity reflexology for morning sickness, muscular skeletal conditions, headaches, insomnia, ante-natal depression and anxiety, breech presentation, preparation for birth, and labour induction.

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Post-natal

Post-natal acupuncture or maternity reflexology for hormonal balancing post birth, c-section recovery, breastfeeding and lactation, post-natal depression.

Our Pregnancy Experience

Having worked in private practice for over 20 years, and at the renowned Zita West Fertility Clinic in London led to an in-depth knowledge of pregnancy, the miracle of life, and love for new born babies, and children.

As part of a medical team comprising of Zita West, a consultant midwife, Dr Raj Rai, a leading miscarriage specialist, and a team of health professionals, we supported expectant mothers, and celebrity clients from all over the world.

Many clients have a personal story to share whether it be about their fertility journey, birth stories or history of previous pregnancies. What our clinics offer is professionalism, a safe haven, empathy and understanding. We personalise every consultation, every treatment. We want you to have a gentle, and relaxing experience.

We have attended home births, and supported women during active labour and birth in hospitals, working closely with Doula’s, midwives and obstetricians. We have run educational acupuncture workshops in midwifery-led birth units, and hospitals covering acupressure techniques during pregnancy and birth.

 

Happy Clients

"I experienced two failed IVF cycles before I tried acupuncture. A colleague recommended Charlotte, and I am so pleased as my third cycle was a huge success. Charlotte is an absolute professional. She is empathetic and extremely knowledgeable about IVF terminology, drug regimes and provides a holistic approach to healthcare. I recommend Charlotte to all my friends trying for a baby."

Catherine Stokes

London

"We approached Charlotte as we were undergoing fertility treatment. My wife had acupuncture in preparation for embryo transfer and during pregnancy. Acupuncture helped with nausea during the first few weeks, and pre-birth acupuncture prepared Grace for child birth. Charlottes' gentle nature, support, and kindness made all the difference to our experience. Thank you!"

Chloe and Grace

Essex

"I came to see Charlotte after two miscarriages and continous bleeding. After acupuncture, my bleeding stopped, energy levels improved,  and my regular cycle returned. I became pregnant and now have a four month old baby girl."

 

Julie MacMillan

London

F.A.Q.

Does acupuncture reduce risk of miscarriage?

Within fertility research, acupuncture demonstrates beneficial hormonal responses with decreased miscarriage rates, raising the possibility acupuncture may promote specific beneficial effects in early pregnancy. Pregnancy acupuncture is recommended weekly during the first trimester.

Does acupuncture help with morning sickness?

An Australian study of women in early pregnancy found those who received acupuncture treatments for four weeks experienced less nausea and dry retching than women who didn’t receive acupuncture treatments[1].

[1] Smith C, Crowther C, Beilby  J. Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomitting in ealry pregnancy: a randomised controlled trial, Birth, 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.

Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?

Yes, acupuncture is a safe therapy for all stages of pregnancy. The Acupuncture Space specialise in pregnancy acupuncture, and are trained to know which acupuncture points are helpful during pregnancy and which points should be avoided. There are 6 bilateral points on the hands and shoulders, and around the lower leg, ankle, and low back that are contraindicated during most of pregnancy. 

My baby is breech, what can I do?

Acupuncture and Moxibustion, is recommended for breech presentation. Research studies highlight success rates in excess of 84% after 34 weeks. A moxa stick is used on a daily basis at home to turn the baby into a head down position. 

How effective is acupuncture for labour induction?

According to one study, 70% of the women who received acupuncture went into labor on their own, compared to 50% who received standard care. The women who received acupuncture were also less likely to deliver by cesarean section — 39% compared to 17%.  Both acupuncture and acupressure help soften and dilate the cervix with onset of labour contractions.

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