Some of the most common pregnancy-related conditions I treat in my clinic range from morning sickness (acupuncture points on the wrist are particularly good for easing nausea) and tiredness, difficulty sleeping and anxiety, constipation, pelvic pain and even varicose veins. “When the joyous news of a positive pregnancy test is confirmed, I encourage mums-to-be to continue with their acupuncture treatment on a weekly basis for 12-16 weeks to ensure full-term pregnancy and ease any issues as mentioned above that arise in the first trimester,” O’Connell says. “From there, once a month is perfect, until 34 weeks, when I would see them back on a weekly basis for labour and birth preparation.” Beyond the management of common complaints throughout pregnancy, acupuncture may also affect breech babies, O’Connell explains. “Moxibustion is another treatment commonly practised by acupuncturists and has been used for many centuries to turn breech babies. The process uses a herb called moxa which is ‘compacted’ into a cigar-shaped stick, one end of which is lit and it’s slowly smoldered directly above an acupuncture point on the little toe. “Research is ongoing but previous scientific studies have found promising results for the turning of breech babies; somewhere in the region of 80 per cent success rate. Bristol acupuncture clinicIn my experience, provided there is room in there for the baby to move, breech presentation is corrected within 48 hours avoiding any further medical intervention,” O’Connell says. Congratulations. You’ve conceived, you’ve survived the pregnancy and now you welcome your little bundle of joy into the world. Can we have a break now?
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