It’s a good idea to begin thinking about you and your partner’s health before you start trying for a baby, whether you are trying to conceive naturally or with assistance. Coming to see me three months prior to attempting to fall pregnant is ideal. This is similar to the development time of egg and sperm and allows me to optimize the overall health of mum and dad, and therefore baby to be.
Pre-conception sessions could be either weekly or fortnightly and involves regular acupuncture sessions, herbal and nutritional support and modifications to optimize diet and lifestyle. Pre-conception assistance is particularly helpful for women with polycystic ovaries and women coming off the pill, those who have suffered from endometriosis and irregular periods.
It can also be beneficial for women whose periods are non-existent. The objective of preconception care is to prime a woman’s cycle and get it humming, ready to support the demands of growing a new life. There’s plenty to do for the men out there too. Regular sessions can significantly assist sperm health and address underlying imbalances that may affect a couple’s potential to conceive. Pre-conception care is the first step to making you both baby ready. We also assist Men- scroll down for more information.
Once the brilliant news of successful conception sinks in, the early stages of a pregnancy can be an anxious time. Anxiety can be even more poignant if a miscarriage has been a part of your journey.
Acupuncture during early pregnancy can support you and assist your body to do all the right things. It can also help you relax and enjoy the great news. Acupuncture nourishes the mother and supports you to safely carry to full term by enhancing the production of blood and promoting optimal function of your internal organs.
It is merely extraordinary what your body does and goes through as you grow your child. As a result of changes to your hormones, growing bellies & extra stress and pressure on your body, pregnancy can also include some unpleasant symptoms.
Acupuncture can be useful in relieving pregnancy-related fatigue, headaches, heartburn, hemorrhoids, carpel tunnel, sinusitis, backache, constipation, restless legs, cramps and more.
Morning sickness is a common complaint I see in the first trimester of pregnancy. Using specific acupuncture points to harmonize the stomach and rebalance the body can bring you relief.
With all the work that your body is doing it is little wonder that fatigue is common during the first and third trimester of pregnancy. Acupuncture at regular intervals can optimize your sleep and the way your body uses its fuel to sustain you throughout your pregnancy. Evidence shows acupuncture can provide a substantial and positive increase in energy levels.
The Third trimester is the business end of your pregnancy, and your body is working overtime! Your belly will rapidly expand, and your ligaments will loosen to allow the pelvis to open. You may experience back pain, hip pain, leg heaviness, disturbed sleep, shortness of breath, palpitations, changes in bowel motions, reflux or heartburn, restlessness, agitation, skin rashes, etc.
Acupuncture will help regulate your body while it makes all the necessary changes to limit the discomfort you feel. Toward the end of the third-trimester acupuncture prepares you for your labour and birth. Studies show that women who receive regular acupuncture during the third trimester may have a shorter and less complicated labour.
If your baby is in a breech position, we can help turn baby and would ideally see you during your 32nd or 33rd week of pregnancy. But don’t despair if you are past this stage we still experience very good success turning later stage babies.
Labour can be an exciting time, but can also include some anxiety. There are some things we can do to support you through this process. Acupuncture and the continued care we offer can be of great comfort to expectant mums.
During the last month of your pregnancy, from 34 weeks onwards, I suggest weekly appointments as this assists in the body’s natural process of ripening the cervix, softening and opening muscles and tendons, the pelvis and uterus. Acupuncture can also be very beneficial in helping to establish effective, regular contractions.
Acupuncture is also a safe, gentle and natural method for inducing labour for women that are past their estimated due date. Acupuncture can give your body a gentle nudge and encourage nature to take its course.
Men are as important as women in the whole fertility business. There is a great deal that can be done to improve things for those that have been trying for some time, or to prepare for those who are just beginning. Improving the health of both parents sets things up well for the health of the baby, it’s a wonderful inheritance to give.
There are a number of factors we know have an impact on sperm quality. At Good Egg we will discuss diet, stress levels, exercise and other lifestyle factors to really gain a picture of how we may best help male fertility. It takes about 3 months for the process of sperm maturation to occur.
Likewise its takes the same time for herbal medicine and supplements to take effect.
Three months prior to conception is the favorable time frame. We like to work for at least three months with weekly acupuncture in preparation for couples trying to conceive naturally or with IVF.
I am often asked by the wives and partners of men who are about to come to see me where the needles will go. Not where they are thinking we promise! The points I use are in the arms and legs, with a few on the abdomen.
At Good Egg, we are committed to being by your side as you travel your journey to a successful pregnancy. Natural Medicine and Chinese Medicine practises work hand in hand with IVF as well documented by highly regarded journals.
If you would like to chat to us about how we can assist you with the IVF journey, please CLICK HERE to go to our IVF Page.
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