During pregnancy, a woman's body goes through a huge amount of change. It's a wonderful time and an especially important one in which to take special care of yourself and your unborn child. Eating well, staying active and supporting energy levels are all key elements of a happy pregnancy. In the final months and weeks, it is also important to begin preparing the body for labour, birth and... ultimately... life with a little one!
Acupuncture can be very useful prior to the birth, as it helps to maintain a strong pregnancy and promotes a healthy labour. Research suggests that pre-birth acupuncture can reduce labour time. Ideally, this begins from 36 weeks and is maintained weekly up until the birth. For specific conditions acupuncture may assist with in pregnancy, see the links under 'more information' below.
Breastfeeding is a natural process, giving your baby the best possible nutrition and creating a special bond between mother and child. Sometimes, however, the process doesn't come easily. This can be upsetting and frustrating, but it is important not to be discouraged! Professional support and advice will help significantly - and make a world of difference to you and your baby.