Acupuncture during pregnancy


Yes, acupuncture is safe in pregnancy.

University-qualified acupuncturists know how to give safe, effective treatments in pregnancy.


Treating problems in pregnancy

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are experiencing any of these problems and would like to find out how acupuncture can help and when to come for treatment:

  • Nausea and vomiting (“morning sickness”)
  • Heartburn and reflux
  • Constipation
  • Varicose veins, haemorrhoids and vulval varicosities
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Pain and cramping
  • Fatigue
  • Anaemia
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Vaginal discharge and itching
  • Rashes and itching
  • Sinusitis
  • Swelling (oedema)
  • Pregnancy-induced hypertension
  • Small-for-dates babies (intrauterine growth retardation)
  • Miscarriage – threatened miscarriage, repeated miscarriage or incomplete miscarriage


Breech and posterior positions

Acupuncture is very useful to help breech and posterior babies move into more optimal positions.

If your baby is breech presentation, the best time to come is around 33-37 weeks (the earlier the better).  Studies suggest that about 50% of babies will turn on their own, and by using acupuncture methods this can increase to more than 70%.  The treatment of choice is an at-home protocol using moxibustion.  This is supported by acupuncture treatments and ideally you will follow on into the Pre-Birth Acupuncture program.

For posterior babies, treatment is given at any time.   The closer to due date you are, the more we will focus on this issue.  This can be included in your Pre-Birth Acupuncture treatments.  There are also self-treatment methods that you can take with you into labour to help the baby into a better position.



Pregnancy wellness treatments

Yes, it is great to have acupuncture in pregnancy even if you don’t feel any symptoms or problems!

Taking time out to rest and replenish your energy is so valuable.  These days, most women are working right up into the third trimester – this includes the 24/7 work of stay-at-home parenting.

This is reason enough to take some time once a week, or once a fortnight, to simply stop and rest.  Based on your pulses and how you are feeling, I will construct a gentle restorative treatment to top up your energy tanks, calm the mind and soothe the emotions.


–> Acupuncture to prepare for labour and birth

–> Pre-birth Acupuncture Treatment Pack

–> Post-natal recovery