Pregnancy

Your pregnancy should be as smooth and care-free as possible. The different trimesters each bring their own challenges, especially for first time mums or women with prior difficulty in pregnancy.
Acudoc Acupuncture & Massage offers you drug-free treatment for most commonly experienced problems during pregnancy.

Morning Sickness:
Acupuncture is highly effective in relieving mild to severe nausea and vomiting.  

Premature Contractions:
Called “restless fetus” in China, acupuncture and Chinese herbs can stop cramping and or bleeding, and strengthen the uterus’ ability to support pregnancy.

Low platelets:
Acupuncture and Chinese herbs, safe for pregnancy, can help restore platelet levels to a more normal range, decreasing the likelihood of interventions causing an unnatural delivery.

Pregnancy Induced Hypertension (PIH):
Acupuncture treatments can help keep your blood pressure down and decrease the chance of further complications.

Breach & Posterior Presentation:
Between 34-37 weeks, research has shown
acupuncture can be very effective in turning a breech or posterior baby. Treatments are
recommended beginning week 34.

Safe during Pregnancy:
For women who want to avoid taking
pharmaceutical drugs acupuncture is a safe, effective way to treat common ailments such as colds, flu, tendonitis, allergies, fatigue, migraines and backache during pregnancy.

Labour

Labour Preparation:
Recent studies in Europe conclude that Acupuncture can significantly reduce the duration of first stage labour.  In an Austrian study, the average first stage labour was 196 minutes for women receiving acupuncture compared with 321 minutes for those who did not. Acupuncture is also effective for regulating and strengthening contractions in stalled labours, in instances of prolonged ruptured membranes and for reducing stress hormones known to inhibit labour progression.

It is recommended that pregnant women receive weekly Acupuncture treatments beginning no later than week 36 to help shorten labour, increase relaxation and facilitate a smoother birth.

Acupuncture “Induction”:
In cases where you are overdue, Acupuncture can be highly effective at getting your labour started.

Stalled Labour:
Sometimes labour can slow down or stop. Other times your “water” may break and contractions still do not start. Acupuncture can help get labour going again,
regulating and strengthening contractions.
Studies have found that those receiving acupuncture had significantly less need for oxytocin during first stage labour (15%) compared to 85% for those not receiving acupuncture.

Anxiety & Stress:
Stress hormones are known to slow the progression of labour. Acupuncture is a wonderful way to raise oxytocin levels, relieve stress and anxiety before and during labour.

Post-partum

The post-partum period is a critical time for rebuilding your strength. In China, the post-partum period is four months and women do not work during this time. In our culture, the need for rest and recuperation post-partum is not greatly emphasized, but no less necessary. Please allow time to nurture yourself while you are nurturing your baby.

Post-Natal Depression:
Lack of sleep, exhaustion and the responsibility of a newborn may all contribute to feelings that range
from “the blues” to more profound depression. Acupuncture and herbs can elevate mood, make you calmer and more relaxed, and help keep you emotionally balanced.

Placenta as Medicine:
The human placenta can be used as an extremely effective preventative for postpartum depression.  It is also widely used in China for rehabilitation from long-standing illness as a "superfood", replacing vital nutrients and hormones. Ask us for more info and or advice if you are interested in using your placenta to help in your postpartum recovery.

Insomnia:
New parents are often sleep-deprived because of the frequent feedings and sometimes are unable to fall back asleep. Acupuncture relaxes you and helps
regulate your sleep cycle.

Constipation:
This is commonly experienced after giving birth. Acupuncture helps regulate bowel function to alleviate this condition; works well during pregnancy too!

Lactation Difficulties:
According to Chinese medicine, low or no milk flow can occur because of a blockage of energy or because of exhaustion and blood loss. Research in China has shown acupuncture to have a 90% success rate in
increasing milk supply. Acupuncture can also help in cases of clogged ducts and mastitis.

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