From 35 weeks, the weekly treatments are focused on preparing the mother for birth. Studies have shown that weekly acupuncture treatment help with the softening of the cervix, relaxes uterine ligaments, increases optimal positioning of the baby, promotes efficient uterine contractions during birth, and increases stamina. pre birth treatment must not be confused with labour induction. they are two very different treatments. birth preparation with acupuncture focuses not only on preparing the body physically for birth but preparing emotionally for the birth as well.
In a 2004 study (betts & lennox), it was found that there was an overall 35% reduction in the number of inductions and for first time mothers this was a 43% reduction in the number requiring an induction. There was a further 31% reduction in the use of epidural and a further 32% reduction in emergency caesarean. Acupuncture during pregnancy is safe for both mothers and babies. Recent studies have shown that there are no complications associated with the use of acupuncture during pregnancy.
In my practice, women who have received pre birth treatments have reported a smooth labour with no complications and a faster recovery post birth.
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