By: Rebecca Rice, Licensed Acpuncturist
Having a baby requires preparation. Whether it’s painting the nursery, adding extra house chores, organizing the crib, clothing, bottles, getting those doctor’s and hair appointments in, there is quite a bit of preparatory action that goes into readying oneself and family for the arrival of the new baby (or babies!).
Aside from taking childbirth classes such as Lamaze, Bradley method, etc. finding the time to physically, mentally and emotionally fortify oneself before delivery is quite helpful. Acupuncture is a modality to look to during this exciting time.
Receiving acupuncture treatments weekly for 6 weeks before anticipated delivery is beneficial in several ways. Often women may be anxious or fearful of the process of labor and the birth. Acupuncture serves as a refuge- a time and space to deeply clear the mind. It releases endorphins which facilitate relaxation and ease physical discomfort as well. There are specific acupuncture points used to prepare the uterus for labor. In the case of breech presentation acupuncture and moxabustion are commonly used to turn the baby’s head downwards. Acupuncture has also been used to facilitate prolonged or difficult labors. Along with other holistic therapies, women may also use acupuncture to encourage labor to begin if the baby is past due.