Acupuncture can effectively reduce nausea/ morning sickness in the first trimester of pregnancy. Sciatic pain may also be alleviated using acupuncture. Notably, breech presentation using moxabustion to encourage the baby to turn especially if treated between Week 32 – 34 is very effective. After an introductory treatment session, Mom is sent home with a moxa stick and instructions to continue treatment at home.
TCM can also be used to help with preparing for labor , an acupuncture treatment called ‘ripening’ and this is generally done from Week 37 to term. If one becomes overdue, past week 40 and with permission of the primary care giver (MD or Midwife) acupuncture treatment can be employed to help get labor started.