Acupuncture is centered around the principle that there are energetic pathways in the body that effect internal structures and organs. Acupuncture points are places on the body in which energy from the pathways surface. Acupuncture itself is the practice of inserting exceedingly fine needles into the acupuncture points to stimulate the body’s healing abilities.
During and after pregnancy, acupuncture may be used to treat or relieve some of the various issues faced by pregnant women. Acupuncture can help deplete the severity of nausea as well as muscular pain such as back, rib or pubis pain and sciatica (pain felt typically from the low back to behind the thigh) and symphysis (the growing together of bones originally separate). Acupuncture can facilitate the movement of breech and posterior (baby’s head faces the back of the mother’s pelvis) babies into a more comfortable position for delivery.
In many European countries acupuncture is available in specialized antenatal (before birth) clinics and maternity hospitals.
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Rachel nursing, 1 month © Sarah Tew Photography