Acupuncture to speed up baby's arrival
Wouldn't you want a quicker, easier birth experience?
So you’re pregnant almost your full term and your doctor suggests that you go get a dozen tiny needles stuck into you to bring along little Sally. This is more commonly known as acupuncture induction.

Traditional Chinese Medicine has more fans than we think and many women have been asking about it and whether it’s a safe route to take to induce labour, here’s a little more information for you to make up your own mind.

The answer is yes, acupuncture is safe and effective and it works in tune with the hormonal balance of pregnancy to endorse labour.

What’s the difference between Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine?

The thing about TCM practitioners are, their way of examining you is so quick and easy and very comfortable. They will never perform any internal vaginal examinations, ever. All their diagnoses are done through asking clinical questions, checking the rhythm of your different pulses and inspecting your tongue.

Traditional Chinese Medicine is very effective, but works according to a different viewpoint to Western Medicine. With Western Medicine it is very easy to determine the time span of the healing process, but with TCM it’s completely different, it’s more difficult to determine the time span of the outcome.

At the first thought of acupuncture you might cringe and squeal, but once you actually experience it your thoughts about it may change drastically. It’s a lot different to Western Medicine where they use science to diagnose you; TCM is evidence-based.

Acupuncture Induction

According to Pregnancy Birth and Beyond, to induce labour with acupuncture, a woman’s energy needs to be rejuvenated and moved downwards and outwards. The baby also needs to be stirred from a restful, calm (Yin) state to a lively, dynamic (Yang) state. The process can generally take really long or can go relatively fast depending on the readiness of the mother and baby. If the baby is not ready then induction will be a bit harder to achieve.

Different women experience acupuncture induction differently, but most of the time, when the woman is past her due date this treatment works best, this often means they have to commit to daily sessions.

Most of the time it takes 2-3 treatments for acupuncture induction to be effective. But two pregnancies are hardly ever the same so it might differ. Some women may experience little sensation during treatment, while some will experience downward movements, the urge to urinate and abdominal tightening during the treatment as well as maybe five hours after the treatment.

This is why women are advised to go straight home after the treatment and allow her body to rest for the preparation of energy requirements of labour.

There’s an alternative for those of you who don’t like the thought of needles

Chinese Herbal Medicine is the alternative, if you are not comfortable with the thought of needles then ingesting herbs is your better option. You could also take this option if you want to speed up the process of the acupuncture induction.  

For safety’s sake

Acupuncture therapy is all good and well, but you have to make sure you choose a trustworthy clinic that provides services on an international standard or it has to be officially certified to perform acupuncture. When performed by a trained therapist, acupuncture should never cause any problems.

It’s very safe during pregnancy, but you have to make sure that your therapist is certified and knows what he is doing, because you will experience problems if you allow someone with no training to perform acupuncture on you.

 An expert acupuncturist knows that needles should be sterilized before use and should not, under any circumstances, be used twice.

The risk of infection can arise when the needles are unsterilized and if the needle has been used previously.

So would you consider trying TCM for a happier birthing experience?


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