Acupuncture reduces your complaints during pregnancy and is a good alternative to medication that you would rather not take while you are pregnant. For example, the dosages of sleeping pills, pain killers, nose drops, hormone-containing salves and anti-depressants can be lowered or temporarily stopped when the effects of acupuncture set in. This should of course only be done in consultation with your doctor and/or midwife.
Below is a list of the most common ailments. If your symptom is not listed here, you can call or email me to discuss whether acupuncture is appropriate for you.
Most common ailments:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heartburn (acid regurgitation)
- To stop smoking
- All types of injuries (car accident, severe bruises and sprains)
- Headaches, migraines
- Blocked nose
- Constipation or diarrhea
- High blood pressure
- Edema or swelling – usually in the legs
- Tingling in the hands (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome)
- Backache, pelvic and pubic pain
- Insomnia, disturbed nights
- Anxiety, stress, sadness, depression
- Mental or emotional problems
- Signs of early labour, practice contractions (Braxton Hicks)
- Breech: facilitating spontanious version.
- Preparing for labour (from wk 36 onwards)
- Inducing labour
- Assisting during labour – pain relief.
As a rule, it is best if your midwife knows that you are considering or following treatment with me. This avoids misunderstandings and undesired situations. The way I work is that I inform the midwife in writing of your treatment.
Guidance at the time of the birth is only possible 1. with permission from and in consultation with the midwife; and 2. as a follow-up to a preparatory trajectory.