We find that acupuncture can be especially useful 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 as well (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.