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Acupuncture and Pregnancy

The results of some research studies into acupuncture are very promising and we remain strong supporters of its use as part of a coordinated approach, though there is often very little hard evidence to prove its effectiveness in terms of accepted Western medical standards. There are some research studies that suggest acupuncture may help in various areas relating to pregnancy, but none can be considered proven in those terms.

We find that acupuncture can be helpful at all stages of pregnancy. We recommend that most mothers-to-be consider having it every four to six weeks or so as part of a maintenance programme for promoting well-being during pregnancy. Research suggests that it may help to improve the blood flow to the uterus and help to boost your energy levels too. Acupuncture is also good for relieving stress (stress isn't good good for you or your baby), and to relieve some of the more common ailments of pregnancy like nausea, fatigue or backache.

There's plenty it can do in the last few weeks of pregnancy too in helping to prepare you for the birth. For example, it can help to induce labour, or to turn breech babies, as well as to help with pain relief during the birth itself. We encourage women to come to us on a weekly basis from 36 weeks onwards.

Acupuncture, along with all the other complementary services we offer at the Clinic, can be accessed on a one-off, ad hoc basis, as well as part of a more co-ordinated programme of support. The choice of how to use us is entirely yours. But however much or little that may be, you'll always have the reassurance of knowing that your care is being looked at in the round and that other specialists are at hand should you want or need them.

Please click here to book an acupuncture session or sessions and let our reception know the particular purpose you have in mind; they will be delighted to help.

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