Pregnancy Acupuncture Wellington
Acupuncture provides safe, effective, natural support for physical and emotional changes during pregnancy such as morning sickness, back pain and depression.
Acupuncture for Pregnancy
Pregnancy acupuncture can support you naturally through physical and emotional changes related to pregnancy, labour and post-partum recovery. It's an increasingly popular drug-free treatment option. Along with treating conditions related to the pregnancy, it can be used to treat many ailments you suffered from prior to becoming pregnant. There's a long history of using acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for treating pregnancy related conditions. There's also plenty of modern research on this.
Our acupuncturist, Natalie Floyd, has specialist training in pregnancy acupuncture and experience in a pregnancy acupuncture clinic in a New Zealand hospital. Her education included training under a world-known specialist in pregnancy acupuncture.
Treatments have been used for pregnancy-related back and pelvic pain, morning sickness, fatigue, headaches, hypertension, itching, miscarriage or threatened miscarriage, constipation and hemorrhoids, varicose veins, vulval varicosites, edema, depression, turning breech or posterior babies, pre-birth preparation, preparation for a medical induction and more. There is a point that works to stop uterine contractions and another that is used for induction to start contractions.
Acupuncture for postpartum care may also be helpful for insufficient or excessive lactation, mastitis, postnatal depression, fatigue and more.
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Acupuncture to turn Breech Babies
Preferably treated 34-36 weeks gestation with a one off treatment. After treatment you will be shown how to use a moxa stick (charcoal-like stick containing a herb that is burnt) so you can continue treatment at home over a specific acupoint.
Prebirth Acupuncture Treatment
Usually four treatments weekly from 36-37 weeks to encourage optimal fetal positioning, energy and stamina, ripen the cervix and prepare you for labour.
First, your acupuncturist will ask about your health and pregnancy history, examine your tongue’s shape, color, and coating, feel your pulse, and possibly perform additional physical examinations depending on your individual health needs. Using these unique assessment tools, the acupuncturist will be able to recommend a proper treatment plan to address your particular condition.
To begin the acupuncture treatment, you lay comfortably on a treatment table while precise acupoints are stimulated on various areas of your body. Depending on how far into the pregnancy you are you may lie on your side with a pregnancy pillow. Most women feel no or minimal discomfort as the fine, pre-sterilised needles are gently placed. The needles are usually retained between five and 30 minutes. During and after treatments people often report they feel very relaxed. Ear seeds or small press needles may be placed to prolong nausea or pain relief while you're away from the clinic. Your acupuncturist can also provide diet and lifestyle tailored to your specific condition.
Acupressure techniques may be shown to your partner if they are available to come in with you and you'll receive an acupressure for pregnancy and labour booklet.
How Do I Choose the Right Acupuncturist?
At Tao Clinic, we hand pick the best and highly trained acupuncturists in the region. To guarantee the standard of training and competency, we advise that you always verify that your acupuncturist is registered with one of the two regulation body for acupuncturist in New Zealand: