Pregnancy acupuncture is safe and effective. Receive the best care and support from highly qualified and experienced natural health professionals.
Common conditions we treat in pregnant women include:
- morning sickness (read our 7 best tips for home remedy!)
- back pain
- breech position
- birth preparation
Having worked with many women undergoing IVF and fertility treatments, and those who have suffered a loss of pregnancy, we understand your needs and have many effective tools to support you.
We are committed to optimising the health of your pregnancy and your little bub, and encouraging a safe and flowing birth to support the smoothest possible transition into motherhood.
Taking a holistic approach, we tend to all aspects that impact your overall health throughout this enormous life change. We help you decipher the whirlwind of information about diet, lifestyle, birth and parenting choices. Your body is going through huge changes and your life is about to too!
Riding through all this is not as easy as you may have imagined, and we are here to support you to find your way to a healthier and more joyful pregnancy and motherhood experience. We feel that in supporting your health, you are also supporting the health and potential of the precious little life that you carry.
Your treatment is individually tailored according to your needs and your circumstances.
Turning baby from breech position
Preparing for birth
We offer mothers the smoothest possible transition into motherhood. That means being as balanced as you can be before the birth – ideally, having plenty of energy, your hips and back balanced and able to open beautifully, sleeping well and feeling calm. Acupuncture helps you achieve all this.
When you are healthy (non-complicated pregnancy and feeling well), we begin our birth prep acupuncture treatments from 36 weeks, as there may be unknown obstacles to birth starting and continuing in a flowing way.
Once we approach your due date, we can start acupuncture induction – to help get birth started. Usually we prefer to wait until you are 39 weeks for this, though it will depend on your circumstances. Sometimes we begin a little sooner or a little later.
Your Questions Answered
Is acupuncture safe during pregnancy?
Absolutely. All our practitioners are highly knowledgeable and experienced in treating pregnancy. We have supported many women through both robust and vulnerable pregnancies and we understand how precious this little life is to you.
What if I am in the very early stages of pregnancy? Is acupuncture helpful?
There is evidence for acupuncture supporting early pregnancy and avoiding threatened miscarriage, particularly in IVF or assisted pregnancies. Acupuncture can also relieve symptoms in your first trimester such as nausea, vomiting, fatigue and anxiety.
I am experiencing significant pain during pregnancy. Can acupuncture help?
Many women want to avoid medications during pregnancy and acupuncture is gentle and effective at treating pain. It is a wonderful alternative to medication as it also has the benefit of being largely free from side effects and so is a safe option for your baby.
Will acupuncture stop my morning sickness?
Acupuncture can give wonderful results for morning sickness. For many women it is the magic cure, and for many others it tones it down to a manageable level.
Admittedly, for some women, it hardly touches the sides and medication and medical management are necessary. It is certainly worth trying to see if you can get miraculous results! You will often know within the hour (or it can take a couple of weeks) if you respond well to acupuncture. We also give you many helpful tips at managing the nausea and vomiting.
I have a high-risk or complicated pregnancy. Is acupuncture ok for me?
Yes. We have treated many women through complicated pregnancies. Acupuncture can be an incredible support by relieving your symptoms whilst also providing emotional support by easing the anxiety that often accompanies difficult pregnancies.
Can acupuncture help start labour?
Yes. Acupuncture can and does help many women start labouring naturally. Acupuncture inductions usually commence at 38–39 weeks, though we can begin earlier for medically indicated inductions upon consultation with your obstetrician or midwife. Read more about natural inductions with acupuncture.
My due date has passed. Should I be worried? Do I need acupuncture?
Women birth their babies all around the world without acupuncture! It is well within the field of ‘normal’ to be overdue and more often than not, it’s no cause for concern.
Having said that, the current reality around most births in Australia is that as we pass our due date we start to feel pressure from the hospital – they may want to book you in for a medical induction at 7 days over, and may give you a few extra days if you ask. Also, all your family and friends start to annoy you. The pressure builds and it’s hard to remain relaxed and in a state of acceptance and trust.
Acupuncture helps you move along to the next level that you are ready for. If there are some blocks along the way – whether fear and adrenalin are suppressing some of your oxytocin from flowing, whether your hips and back are misaligned or baby’s position isn’t optimal, or you are just feeling exhausted and can’t quite face the thought of the marathon of birth – acupuncture can help remove these obstacles.
Regardless of what may be in the path of your birth starting, there are points to induce your labour and these points can still help get birth into gear. So, if you are in a position where you can access an acupuncturist you trust, then it certainly won’t hurt to get some help! The earlier you can begin, the better.
If you don’t feel comfortable with acupuncture or can’t find a good local acupuncturist, please download this guide and get to work on the acupressure points yourself. Whilst they are not as powerful as acupuncture, they can still help a great deal.
What if I am scared of needles?
Many of our clients are scared, sometimes even terrified of needles. Often, that fear is associated with having injections or blood taken.
Acupuncture needles are much finer and usually don’t hurt at all, and if you do feel a little pain, it doesn’t hurt anywhere near as much. Usually the first thing frightened clients say is, “Was that it?!” and then they relax and have a little nap on the table.
In the last 15 years of practising acupuncture, only one or two clients who arrived anxious remained anxious after a couple of sessions. So, it’s worth giving it a try to see if you can move through your fear if possible.
If the thought alone fills you with terror, acupuncture may not be the best option for you. There is no need to put yourself through extreme stress, especially when you are pregnant. There are other modalities that may suit you better: acupressure, massage, osteopathy, nutrition or psychotherapy.
What’s the difference between pregnancy acupuncture and pregnancy acupressure?
Acupuncture is far more powerful and we can often achieve better, faster results. Having said that, many women respond beautifully to the acupressure alone, so it is also a fabulous method. You can use acupressure in your own home and right through your labour. You apply pressure with your fingers, thumbs and hands – no needles are used. Download your free guide to using acupressure for induction.
What can I expect during my acupuncture treatment?
Each session lasts 1 hour. During your treatment, you’ll most likely become very relaxed, and could even have a snooze. The other benefits many of our clients have reported include more energy, better sleep, a calmer nervous system and being more in touch with your baby.
I’m not pregnant. Can I still come in for acupuncture?
Absolutely! Find out about our general acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine services.
Where to from here?
Call us during business hours to make an appointment at our Bondi clinic or to discuss how we can help you. We are always happy to answer your questions! 02 9300 9522.
Get your free guide to a natural induction to learn the top 4 acupressure points to encourage birth that you can use on yourself.