Pregnancy

Congratulations on your pregnancy!

For centuries, Acupuncture and Chinese medicine has been supporting healthy pregnancies and childbirth, as well as helping people navigate unwanted symptoms that may arise. By looking at the body and mind as a whole, it offers a different perspective and additional tools to help gain back the positive birth experience we all want.

LABOUR PREPARATION

  • Childbirth preparation/cervical ripening
  • Labour induction
  • Cesarean section preparation
  • VBAC support (vaginal birth after cesarean)

PRENATAL CARE

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Spotting and bleeding
  • Miscarriage prevention/recovery
  • Leg spasms/cramps
  • Migraines
  • Body pain (back, rib, pelvis, pubic symphysis)
  • Constipation
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Breech presentation
  • Irritable uterus

POSTPARTUM

After the baby is born, the shift is understandably moved to the baby. Proper care and attention however, still need to be placed on the tremendous shift that happens after birth to the physical body, the mind, the hormones and the emotional health. The more care that is taken in the first few months postpartum, the stronger, healthier and quicker the recovery. Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine have a long history of supporting this recovery.

POSTPARTUM CARE OPTIONS

  • 'Mother warming' and immediate postpartum recovery
  • Cesarean recovery
  • After Pains
  • Perineal discomfort
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Prolapse
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Postpartum depression
  • Insufficient lactation/poor milk supply
  • Recurrent mastitis
  • Trauma and loss support

Birth Support

Cervical Ripening/Birth Preparation


Also called ‘pre birth acupuncture’, cervical ripening is performed weekly from 37 weeks until the birth. Cervical ripening helps prepare the body for labour and in studies has been shown to:

  • Encourage optimal positioning of the baby for birth, by turning unfavorable or posterior presentation
  • Decrease the need for medical inductions (such as oxytocin)
  • Reduce cesarean rates
  • Reduce need for pain medication and/or epidurals
  • Decrease labor times, especially in first time mothers
  • Improve overall birth experience by addressing anxiety and supporting emotional and physical well being leading up to the birth.

Induction

Acupuncture inductions are used to stimulate or induce labour contractions and are generally performed 1-4 days prior to a medical induction. In many cases, an acupuncture induction can prevent the need for more medical intervention. As with any form of induction, acupuncture inductions should not be performed unless there is medical evidence to suggest one is needed.

Preterm Labour

A full-term pregnancy lasts about 40 weeks. Preterm labor occurs when contractions begin to open your cervix before 37 weeks of pregnancy.
Acupuncture can reduce uterine contractions and prevent preterm labour.

BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT

Contact

emilie@acubalance.ca

(604) 678-8600

Clinic

Acubalance Wellness Centre
888 W 8th Ave #208
Vancouver, BC
V5Z 3Y1, Canada

Inclusive

All are welcome. Dr. Emilie provides LGBTQ2SIA+ friendly care.