Pregnancy is a time when you want your body to be as healthy and as vital as it can be, not just for you, but also for your baby. A Naturopath may be able to help establish what extra nutritional demands you might need during pregnancy and to assist with issues such as morning sickness, heartburn, constipation, stress, as well as offer treatment and support for a pre-existing condition. Naturopathy offers safe and effective treatments during pregnancy.
Michelle is a naturopath & an acupuncturist who may be able to help you prepare your body for pregnancy – to assess if you are deficient in essential nutrients, recommend an appropriate diet and see what areas of health you may need to work on before you try to conceive. Michelle uses a combination of herbal medicine, acupuncture, nutritional medicine, flower essences and lifestyle counselling to help you prepare for the journey of pregnancy.
Acupuncture may help you with issues you encounter during pregnancy such as morning sickness, heartburn and headaches to name a few and may help prepare your body for labour and childbirth. Michelle recommends pre-birth acupuncture from 35-36 weeks. If you’d like to read more, please see below.
Michelle also offers pregnancy massage in a calm and relaxed environment. For more information about this click here.
How Acupuncture may help during pregnancy
Acupuncture may be able to help you have a healthier pregnancy and labour.
- In the first trimester of pregnancy, acupuncture may help to reduce morning sickness, fatigue, migraines and headaches.
- In the second trimester, acupuncture may assist with heartburn, haemorrhoids, neck/shoulder/back pain, pelvic instability and anxiety.
- And in the third trimester, acupuncture may help to provide relief from back pain, sciatica, hypertension, fluid retention, insomnia and help prepare your body for labour.
- In the last four to six weeks of pregnancy, acupuncture treatment may help to prepare the uterus and cervix for labour.
- It is thought it does this by ripening the cervix, softening tendons and ligaments in preparation for labour and increasing energy and stamina which may help strengthen labour.
- Click here for more information about research on acupuncture to prepare for labour.
Acupuncture post-birth may also help promote breast milk production and repair scar tissue. Acupuncture may be of assistance with symptoms of post-natal depression, general fatigue and low energy after childbirth. Acupuncture is thought to build and strengthen Qi (vital energy) in the body, which is often depleted after pregnancy and child birth.