Acupuncture is a generally safe method of treatment during pregnancy. It can be effective to support women with symptoms that occur during pregnancy.

Moxibustion for breech presentation

Under normal circumstances between 28 – 32 weeks the baby sinks down, head first into the pelvis in preparation for birth. Around 15% of all babies will be in a breech position, which means that the baby is presenting with its buttock, knees or feet pointing down. The majority of breech babies will turn spontaneously before birth. Most doctors recommend a caesarian birth for breech babies. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses moxibustion, an externally applied treatment using a herbal stick that is lit and held over acupuncture points on the feet. The heat that is produced stimulates the point. It encourages the baby to become more active and turn around. It is common to experience an increase in the babies movement during and after the treatment. During the consultation we will instruct women how to apply this technique safely at home. Moxa should be applied (at home) for 15 minutes daily for 10 consecutive days. After that the situation should be reassessed by your practitioner. Moxa treatment should be stopped as soon as the woman knows for sure that her baby has turned. The earlier we can start treatment the better the results. When the baby continues to grow the available space within the uterus reduces resulting in less room for the baby to turn.

Acupuncture can also be used before a medical induction with the aim of bringing on labour naturally.