PREGNANCY AND ACUPUNCTURE

 

 

Prenatal Program

Our Prenatal Program is something that we’re quite passionate about at Brunswick Acupuncture. It’s always exciting having the opportunity to be a part of a pregnancy journey and we’ve been very fortunate to have over 17 years experience working alongside mothers-to-be.

 

Every woman is different, and your goals for acupuncture during your pregnancy may vary greatly from someone else’s. Generally, women who may be interested in our Prenatal Program consider coming in 4 weeks before their due date (36 week mark).

 

If you have a birth plan and are interested in involving aspects of acupuncture, you can give us a call to chat to our dedicated practitioners. We’re happy to see you at any time during your pregnancy, including if you are past your due date.

 

Call Brunswick Acupuncture on (03) 9387 3998.

 

Back, Hip and Pelvic Pain During Pregnancy

Significant changes can happen to your body during pregnancy. Carrying the extra weight, some women may find issues such as their pelvis, hip and back becoming unstable.

 

Some women who experience mild back pain before they are pregnant, may find that their symptoms are exacerbated during pregnancy. Other women may experience completely new symptoms of pain because there’s more movement through the back and pelvic area during pregnancy. Pain during pregnancy can interfere with your work, daily activities and sleep.

 

Acupuncture may be able to assist with your back, hip and pelvic pain during pregnancy, but as with any types of pain, we recommend that you chat to us in conjunction with your treating health practitioner.

 

Book an appointment online with us at Brunswick Acupuncture.

 

Rest and Recovery Time after Childbirth

An important part of traditional Chinese Medicine is ensuring that women completely recover from childbirth. This is usually seen as a 30-day period, but some Chinese texts suggest up to a 100-day period.

 

Although this may seem excessive, it is a reasonable period if you consider not only for the recovery of giving birth but also the 9 months of pregnancy. There are steps that can be taken to aid the process of recovery, such as taking physical rest at every opportunity, taking part in light exercise (but not exhausting the body by trying to get back into shape), and proper attention directed towards diet for building blood and energy.

For women who are considering acupuncture in their rest and recovery time after childbirth, we generally start sessions 2 weeks after birth for a total of 3 weeks.

 

Book an appointment online with us at Brunswick Acupuncture today.

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For alternative appointment times or any questions please call the clinic on 9387 3998

 

Further Reading / References:

 

Pain

Schug SA, Palmer GM, Scott DA, Halliwell R, Trinca J. Acute pain management: scientific evidence,

fourth edition, 2015. Med J Aust. 2016 May 2;204(8):315-7.

MacPherson H, Vertosick EA, Foster NE, Lewith G, Linde K, Sherman KJ, et al. The persistence of the effects of acupuncture after a course of treatment: A meta-analysis of patients with chronic pain. Pain. 2016 Oct 17.

McDonald JL, Cripps AW, Smith PK. Mediators, Receptors, and Signalling Pathways in the Anti-Inflammatory and Antihyperalgesic Effects of Acupuncture. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2015;2015:975632

Cohen MM, Smit, De Villiers, Adrianopoulos, Nick, Ben-Meir, Ben, Taylor, David McD, Parker, Shefton J, Xue, Charlie C, Cameron, Peter A. Acupuncture for analgesia in the emergency department: a multicentre, randomised, equivalence and non-inferiority trial. Medical Journal of Australia. 2017;206(11):494-9.

 

Menopausal Hot Flushes

Chiu HY, Pan CH, Shyu YK, Han BC, Tsai PS. Effects of acupuncture on menopause-related symptoms and quality of life in women in natural menopause: a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Menopause. 2015 Feb;22(2):234-44.