Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life, a time where she needs to be nurtured so she in turn can nurture her growing baby.

photo01Soon after conception pregnant women can often notice physical and emotional changes. Some women find their bodies adapt relatively easily and experience pregnancy as a healthy time in their lives. Other women do not adapt so easily to the physiological and emotional changes of pregnancy and experience discomfort or ill health.

How does Acupuncture work?

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Medicine are both methods of treatment and for making sense of how our bodies work. TCM takes into account physical, emotional and lifestyle conditions, and is designed to mediate imbalances in the body and promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

Acupuncture, an aspect of TCM, works with the energy (Qi) of the body. Qi flows around the body in meridians, similar to the way veins and arteries transport blood around the body. Disharmony occurs when there is an imbalance in the flow of Qi or levels of Qi within the body. The meridians have many points where the Qi is easily accessed. Fine needles, inserted into these points encourage the body to rebalance itself.

The concept of Qi is one of the corner stones of TCM theory; another is that of yin and yang. Yin and yang are labels which suggest all things work in relation to each other and should be viewed as part of the whole rather than as separate entities. Yin and yang are dynamic and explain the continuous cyclical processes of change which occur within our bodies. Day and night are great examples of yin and yang. Day time represents yang as it is light, the sun is out and people are up moving about. At twilight yang wanes and yin time arrives with the dark, coolness of night when we sleep and nourish our bodies. Qi is yang in nature whereas blood is nourishing and yin in nature.

Within TCM pregnancy is viewed as a yin time for the pregnant woman as she nurtures her baby. When labour starts yin transforms into yang, the baby moves down the birth canal and emerges into the world.

Acupuncture can assist women at each stage of the birthing experience, preconception care, discomforts associated with pregnancy, malposition of the baby (breech and OP-occipitoposterior position), high risk pregnancy (gestational diabetes, multiple births), birth preparation and induction through to post birth support.