Pregnancy ailments – what are they?

drs. Renny Wiegerink

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)
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches, migraines
  • Blocked nose
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Itching
  • Hemorrhoids
  • 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.


Around labour

  • 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.

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