Pregnancy and its outcome is a wonderful adventure since it allows to give life. And, like all true adventures, it is not without difficulties. If pregnancy is not an illness, on the contrary, it remains that the maternal organism undergoes during this period a whole series of physiological, anatomical, metabolic and psychic modifications, which create a very particular state. This specific state of pregnancy requires constant adaptation. If some women have an easy pregnancy until the end, many others are inconvenienced at some point in this period of their life.

1- Acupuncture and pregnancy monitoring

Being first and foremost a preventive medicine, acupuncture can play a very effective role in pregnancy monitoring. It has the major advantage of avoiding or minimizing the use of drugs whose teratogenic effects are feared, i.e. the risk of fetal malformations. In addition, acupuncture sessions allow the pregnant woman to take a break, to rest, to lie down, to relax, all of which have a beneficial effect on her condition and encourage her to take care of herself during a demanding period of her life. The pregnant woman will benefit from consulting an acupuncturist, who, by taking the pulse, examining the tongue and questioning carefully, can detect the various disorders of pregnancy. The early identification of an imbalance allows for easy treatment, thus preventing certain future complications.

During pregnancy, acupuncture helps to :

  • relieve nausea and vomiting
  • relieve anxiety and anguish
  • treat nosebleeds
  • treat sinusitis of pregnancy
  • treat carpal tunnel of pregnancy
  • treat constipation
  • treat circulation problems, swelling and heaviness of the legs
  • relieve back pain, sciatica, abdominal and pelvic pain
  • prevent certain preterm labor threats (MTPT)
  • treat oligohydramnios (insufficient amniotic fluid)
  • modify the fetal position in case of breech presentation, ideally between the 30th and 34th week of pregnancy (*)

2-Preparation for childbirth:

  • to facilitate the induction of labor in case of overdue delivery
  • to help soften the cervix and the perineum
  • stimulate uterine contractility

Acupuncture in the hospital setting :

Acupuncture during hospital deliveries is common practice in Europe and is becoming more widespread in Quebec, with very interesting results. The combination of complementary medicines allows us to deal with emergencies while treating childbirth in a natural way.

Relief of childbirth pain :

Birth is a special time in life and the woman is called upon to play a very active role. Acupuncture practiced during labor helps to alleviate the pain and thus facilitates the mother’s participation in the delivery. In addition to providing a relaxing effect, the treatments will help the entire birthing process, without having harmful consequences on either the mother or the baby. It should be noted that acupuncture is not incompatible with epidural anaesthesia, both being sometimes complementary. In addition, acupuncture reduces labor time by an average of 4 to 6 hours in women giving birth for the first time.

3- During childbirth, acupuncture helps to:

  • reduce work time
  • relieve posterior, anterior and lateral pain
  • stimulate fetal descent
  • treat labor slowdowns
  • promote the relaxation of the perineum
  • reduce the risk of caesarean section and thus the associated suffering
  • reduce medication (epidural in particular)
  • shorten the delivery period and treat placental retention

4- After childbirth, acupuncture helps to :

  • treat uterine trenches
  • reduce the recovery time of possible childbirth sequelae (edema, episiotomy, hemorrhoids)
  • treat breastfeeding problems (too much or too little milk) and breast disorders

Frequency of treatments

Normally, a woman with a healthy pregnancy should see her acupuncturist once a month until the end of the eighth month of pregnancy and once a week during the ninth month. These latter sessions are designed to calm anxiety, relieve fatigue and promote relaxation of the perineum and cervix. Thus, pregnant women arrive at term in good physical and psychological conditions. In addition, the acupuncturist can be present during the delivery and if necessary after it. In all cases, the acupunctural follow-up is adapted to the patient, there is no fixed model.

The information provided on our website does not constitute medical advice or a diagnosis. Many factors unknown to us about your particular situation may affect the applicability of any statement or comment made on this site. In the event of illness or disease, you should consult the health care professional(s) who will be able to properly assess your condition.

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