A technique originating over 2,500 years ago in China, Acupuncture is used to naturally promote blood and qi (energy) flow throughout the entire body which in turn helps keep our body balanced. Acupuncture involves placing very thin needles in specific locations on the body in an effort to unblock the chi from our meridian systems which are like channels or highways that travel through our body. Balanced energy flow helps the body to heal and remain healthy.
Acupuncture has been used to assist with numerous health concerns. Especially in assisting with pregnancy. Acupuncture has helped many women during pregnancy and can help with nausea, fatigue, pain, breech babies and induce overdue labour. Acupuncture is helpful when preparing for labour during the later stages of pregnancy, and allows a woman's body to be balanced and prepared for labour. Labour is brought on by signals from the baby's body to the mother, signalling to be ready to begin a natural progressive labour.
Many women have had success with labour induction using acupuncture. Normal gestation is 38-42 weeks. When a woman goes beyond the 42-week mark, it can be helpful to induce labour. Acupuncture can naturally stimulate the body's production of hormones that will help labour to begin, usually seeing results within 48 hours of the treatment. The pain of labour is usually more gradual and less intense than that of a medically induced labour and the delivery may also occur quicker as a result. A study conducted in Australia (Orr,A.) has shown acupuncture to be more than 88 percent effective, with the majority of the mothers experiencing a positive and immediate impact with just one single acupuncture treatment.
Researches also show that acupuncture has been successful in reducing average labour time. It also improves chances of a natural birth. According to a recent study, a group of women giving birth for the first time, treated with acupuncture reduced their average labour time from 8 hours to 6 hours (Betts D., and Lennox, S).
When performed properly, acupuncture has very few risks. Most negative side effects occur from poor hygiene practices by either patient or acupuncturist. It is not recommended for patients taking blood thinning medications or with bleeding disorders.
At the newLife centre for Women, we recently saw a patient experience a successful labour induction through the use of acupuncture treatment. She was approximately 40 weeks along in her pregnancy, when she received a 45-minute acupuncture treatment. Soon after the treatment, she began to feel contractions. The patient made it to the hospital where she delivered a healthy baby girl within 8 minutes of arrival. She was both thrilled and amazed at the rapid labour and delivery, especially since her previous pregnancy involved a 30-hour labour.
There are many advantages to using acupuncture treatment to induce labour. Many patients claim it’s less confronting, less emotionally stressful and less invasive then conventional methods. We at the newLife centre for Women offer acupuncture treatments for Pregnancy in a relaxing, safe and warm environment allowing the mother-to-be in full control of her labour.
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