Prepare for Birth
Pre-birth acupuncture involves a series of treatments during the final weeks of pregnancy, aiming to ready women for childbirth. It offers various positive effects during labor, extending beyond reducing labor time and the intervention rate.
In clinical practice, acupuncture proves to be an ideal method in preparing women for the most efficient labor possible. Research has revealed that among first-time birthing women, the mean duration of labor decreased from 8 hours and 2 minutes in the control group (70 women) to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of 70 women who received pre-birth acupuncture.
Acupuncture can be used in two main ways in the later stages of pregnancy:
(1) Specific Pre-Birth Treatments
These target a standard set of points, preparing a woman’s body for birth, with a focus on readying the cervix and pelvis for labor.
(2) Dealing with Medical Conditions
Acupuncture addresses issues such as pregnancy-induced hypertension, heartburn, hemorrhoids, insomnia, fear, and anxiety.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Historically, Traditional Chinese Medicine advises women to modify their lifestyle throughout pregnancy for healthy babies and efficient births. This involves regulating physical activity, following dietary guidelines, and maintaining a calm emotional state.
Engaging in gentle, stamina-building exercises like walking, swimming, Tai Chi, or yoga designed for pregnancy is important. Equally vital is ensuring adequate rest before exhaustion sets in. Creating scheduled downtime during the day for rest or a nap is recommended in the later stages of pregnancy.
Women are advised to pay attention to activities that upset them and to avoid disturbing films, sad books, or negative news reports. Focusing on more positive events is recommended whenever possible.
Dietary recommendations emphasize avoiding spicy, pungent, and greasy foods.