Jani and her acupuncture associates are all post graduate trained for safe treatment in pregnancy and we bring you the highest standards to our expert maternity care - for antenatal acupuncture, for birth preparation, for breech turnings and for acupuncture induction - we are here to help you.
Acupuncture for Pregnancy
Many women expect the usual symptoms of early pregnancy - nausea and tiredness - and you might even somewhat welcome this as a sure sign that you are indeed pregnant.
Discomfort is normal during pregnancy, and be assured that the list of 'minor' symptoms that you may experience, particularly in the 1st trimester and in those big-as-a-house final weeks - though ‘normal’ - most certainly don’t always feel ‘minor’!
The way we will experience a pregnancy will be influenced by the interplay between the pre-existing condition and the overlying condition of pregnancy - new meets old if you will.
Acupuncture in the first trimester can be a fantastic way to help smooth the relationship between the developing pregnancy and how your body is coping.
You don't just get pregnant with your uterus, you get pregnant with your entire being. Dynamic changes are afoot and your endocrine (hormonal) function is on full alert and working double time and overtime, vessels are changing and creating new pathways and there is a strain and imposition into all your systems as your body does the almighty job of building a placenta. It’s no wonder that we will feel a bit tired!
Many women find that having acupuncture during this early phase of pregnancy is reassuring and helpful, enabling you to cope better with how pregnancy is affecting you, calming the way the symptoms feel, streamlining the systems to easily assimilate the great construction process that is going on.
So too with the end stages of the pregnancy - the ocean tanker phase - when the discomforts of the burgeoning imposition of the pregnancy can make women feel quite uncomfortable. No fear, this too is ‘normal’, though not always ‘minor’ (it’s nature’s cunning plan to help us want to go into labour and be done with the beached whale thing).
Acupuncture for birth preparation from 34 weeks to full term is a wonderful way to help prepare for labour. Not only can we use the acupuncture to help calm your symptoms and discomforts and ease your final weeks of pregnancy, but we can really help to build up the stores of energy you need for a powerful labour and a strong recovery.
Through every moment of your pregnancy, 1st, 2nd and 3rd trimester and into your pre-labour phase, for your birth preparation, for your labour and in your post partum recovery, we are here to support you and bring you all the benefits of obstetric acupuncture.
The 'Minor' Discomforts of Pregnancy:
tiredness / fatigue
vomiting / hyperemisis gravidarum
loss of appetite
inappropriate weight gain / weight loss
twinges and slight crampy feelings
constipation / passing wind / loose stools
abdominal / digestive discomfort
carpal tunnel syndrome
restless leg syndrome
sinusitis / rhinitis
skin changes / itching
change in libido
Informed Choice, Safe Practice, Supportive Care
The AcuHouse acupuncture practitioners have all done post-graduate training for every stage of obstetric care, and we are all adept at understanding what is normal physiology and recognising when signs and symptoms suggest that it may be important to check in with your doctor or midwife to discuss what may be happening.
Safe practice is at the core of our maternity care and the AcuHouse is under the directorship of Jani White who is expert in the safe use of acupuncture in pregnancy - this is a subject she regularly lectures in, teaching foundation and advanced level, both nationally and internationally.
We practice fully Integrated Care, and our ambition is always to help you find the right blend of exactly whatever support and care you may need at any stage of your pregnancy. We have a significant network of both Western and complementary obstetric practitioners, and we have a very fluent understanding of maternity services both NHS and private. We are here to help guide you to any help you may wish to find.
Our ambition is to help you into as healthy and comfortable a pregnancy as possible - we want you to Glow! Not only are we here to minimise your symptoms and help you physically into a relaxed, efficient and streamlined function, we are also here to support you emotionally throughout these marvellous changes. We are here to reassure you, and to help you to thrive in your pregnancy, bringing you all the best nutrition and care for healthy development.
Nutrition in Pregnancy
Our approach to diet in pregnancy is bringing you all of the advantage of our expert advice based in the understanding of Chinese medicine dietetics (knowing which foods are best for your constitution), coupled with our deep understanding of the best nutrition for pregnancy. We also have our Associate nutritionists to hand, so if you are having any concerns about your nutritional intake (esp first trimester when vomiting may be an issue) we are here with a strong tool-kit of solutions to help you feel confident that you are getting all the right nutrition, throughout every stage of the pregnancy and birth preparation.
One of the key nourishments you need in pregnancy is to rest, rest and then to rest some more. But for many women there will be the need to continue working throughout the first trimester and all the way up to the end stages, so the necessary horizontal rest that is so important may be more of a desire and not so much of a reality.
Coming in for acupuncture treatment during pregnancy is a marvellous way to help charge your batteries, giving you strength and refreshment of energy to cope with the demands of pregnancy, helping to streamline how your physiology is adapting to the pregnancy, and to help to keep you in in a calm and refreshed space that gives you a much wider margin for coping with all the extraordinary changes that are taking place.
Acupuncture in pregnancy is a perfect antedote to working full time, and we can help you to sustain a good strong energy that will help you to be birth-fit.
“Pregnancy is a time of great changes and very great adjustments”
Having acupuncture during pregnancy not only helps you to feel better, it also helps to bring good energy to your baby.
We believe that a calm and peaceful pregnancy is a sure-fire recipe for having a calm and peaceful baby, and we are here to do all that we can to support you to have a nourishing pregnancy.
Our ambition is to in every way bring you the capacity for a pregnancy that is steeped in genuine health.