Early pregnancy loss occurs in an estimated 15 to 20 percent of recognized pregnancies, most often within the first 13 weeks. Acupuncture promo blood flow and warmth to the uterus, giving an embryo a better environment to grow. Good blood flow will bring nutrition to the baby to help prevent miscarriage. It is highly recommended to my patients after conception to continue treatment until they finish their first trimester. If a patient develops a pregnancy complication such as gestational diabetes or preeclampsia they should continue with the treatment to avoid preterm labor.
Acupuncture will help cervix dilation and promote uterus contraction to speed up the process of delivery. This is the natural way to induce labour and avoid Pitocin drug use. This so-called reverse treatment can prevent prolonged labor to avoid an unnecessary C-section. Typically, a patient needs to dilate 4cm in order to be admitted to the hospital.
TURNlNG A BREECH BABY
Moxibustion is perhaps best known for being an alternative way to help with breech presentation. It is used with a reported success rate from 60% to 84.6% after 34 weeks gestation. This technique was found to increase maternal cortisol levels (increasing fetal movement) and to promote relaxation of the uterus muscle (creating more space for the baby to move). Acupuncture smoothes qi flow and helps baby’s movement.