Pregnancy acupuncture for birth preparation in brisbane

Whether you’re concerned that you might have a difficult labour or you just want to prepare your  body for a smooth delivery, you might want to consider acupuncture as an option

Acupuncture is becoming more widely recognised as an option for many common symptoms that occur during pregnancy, including aches and pain, nausea and vomiting. The effectiveness of acupuncture for labour induction is also well-documented.

Pregnancy acupuncture can be used at any time to support a healthy pregnancy. Towards the end of the third trimester, the focus moves to strengthening and preparing your body for birth. Constitutionally, we want to build you up because baby is taking a lot from your body. So we want you to be prepared both physically and emotionally for labour.

Pre-birth pregnancy acupuncture can still be beneficial for women who are medically required to or choose to deliver by elective caesarean. Research suggests that acupuncture may aid with post-operative recovery and reduce pain from caesarean births.

Birth Preparation with Pregnancy Acupuncture

The best time to start a program of birth preparation pregnancy acupuncture is from 34 – 36 weeks. At this time, the body naturally starts to initiate physiological and hormonal changes to facilitate birth.

It is natural to feel apprehensive about birth, particularly if it is your first baby or if you have had a difficult labour before. But the hormones your body produces when you’re feeling stressed or anxious can hinder the onset and progression of labour.

Acupuncture can stimulate natural endorphins, which allows you to feel calmer and more in control of your birth experience. Research suggests that acupuncture can stimulate production of hormones that play an important role in pregnancy, aiding with contractions, breast-feeding and bonding.

Our Acupuncturists have experience working with women through all phases of pregnancy and birth preparation. They can help you understand how your hormones work during labour and how to use this knowledge to make you feel more at ease with the process.

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What to expect from your Acupuncture consultation

At the start of your consultation, your acupuncturist will take a detailed case history. This will include asking details about your current treatment schedule with your oncologist.

Once the case-taking is complete, you will receive a hands-on treatment to provide initial relief. Your treatment consists of the insertion of fine needles in acupuncture points. This aims to improve circulation and relax the nervous system. If you are experiencing pain, acupuncture may also provide an analgesic effect.

Depending on your case, your practitioner may also incorporate Tui Na massage techniques, cupping, and moxibustion.

PRICING Suzzanne Sunner:

Initial Consultation           60minutes     $130

Follow Up Consultation   45minutes     $100

PRICING Anthea Watson:

Initial Consultation           60minutes     $135

Follow Up Consultation   60minutes     $100

As with all health treatments, some people may experience adverse effects. However, acupuncture is considered a generally safe modality. Our Acupuncturists are gentle, compassionate, and experienced practitioners who will take good care of you.

Meet the Acupuncturists at Vibe Natural Health Brisbane

Emma Kopcikas Osteopath North BrisbaneSuzzanne Sunner

Suzzanne is a result focussed AHPRA registered acupuncturist who believes that the human body is always seeking balance within itself. Often, when we allow our body to become out of balance, either through lifestyle, physical trauma or psychological stresses, these imbalances manifest themselves as illness, physical complaints or dysfunction.

Emma Kopcikas Osteopath North BrisbaneAnthea Watson

Anthea has over 10 years of clinical experience as an Acupuncturist. She has a particular interest in conditions relating to stress and anxiety, fertility, IVF support and pregnancy, as well as pain management. Anthea has a holistic approach and is passionate about collaborating with other health professionals to achieve effective treatment outcomes. Anthea is fully registered with AHPRA/CMBA.



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