ACUPUNCTURE IN PREPARATION FOR CHILDBIRTH
Are you looking for ways to best prepare for childbirth, or just final means to trigger labour? Acupuncture offers you a drug-free and safe way.
Prepare for childbirth with acupuncture
From the 36th or 37th week of pregnancy, acupuncture treatments can be started to prepare the pelvis and cervix for labour. This is followed by one treatment per week until labour begins.
The benefits of acupunture in preparation for childbirth
- Greater chance of giving birth within 42 weeks
- Your stress level is lower
- Your delivery goes more smoothly, you are more relaxed
- The duration of your labour is shorter (2 hours shorter on average)
- Unlocking is easier
- You can breathe easier and deeper
- Contractions are more manageable
- Giving birth is less painful
- You are less tired afterwards
- Your breastfeeding comes easier
- Recovery after it goes more smoothly
What does the literature say?
Several studies have been conducted on the effect of pre-birth acupuncture. From these studies, the main effects of "pre-birth" acupuncture are:-
A more efficient dilation phase that shortens the duration of labour (2 hours shorter on average)
A reduced risk of medical intervention, including medical initiation and caesarean section.
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Inducing childbirth with acupuncture
Being able to carry your baby for a long time is something you should be proud of: the uterus, as long as the placenta is functioning properly and there is enough amniotic fluid, is the best environment for a young baby. Research shows that at 40 and 41 weeks, the risks of giving birth are lowest in the entire pregnancy. Further, at 42 weeks the risks are still lower than giving birth at 37 weeks.
It is possible to use acupuncture to trigger your labour. Acupuncture acts as a catalyst; but ultimately, your baby and your body decide when they are ready.
We prefer to prepare your body quietly (from 36 weeks onwards) than to have to work hard to get your labour started at the end. After all, this way the transition from pregnant to giving birth is much smoother. Still, sometimes it is simply necessary to give birth in time to avoid a medical course. At JUNO, we can help you with this.