Pregnancy and Birth Preparation

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How It Helps

During pregnancy a woman may seek a non-invasive, drug free treatment that will not cause any harm to the baby. Acupuncture is a safe treatment during pregnancy and has been known to help many conditions, including:

 

 

 

Pelvic girdle pain
Headaches & Migraines
Help induce labour
Helps turning breech babies
Carpal tunnel syndrome
High Blood Pressure
Constipation
Haemorrhoids
Sleep problems
Depression

Restless legs
Aches & pains
Back pain
Stress
Anxiety
Nausea
Sciatica
Heartburn
Oedema
Asthma

 

Lola qualified as an acupuncturist in 2000, at Westminster University, London, gaining a BSc (Hons) in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM): Acupuncture. She also has a certificate in Swedish Massage and has trained as a Shiatsu practitioner.

Lola has extensive experience in treating pregnancy and has a holistic approach in supporting women during pregnancy and the post-natal period, through acupuncture, diet and advice. She is also the mother of two children.

With extensive clinical experience Lola practices in her private clinics and works alongside skilled midwifes.

Lola is a full member of the British Acupuncture Council (MBAcC) and is fully insured.

 

Acupuncture for Pregnancy

Acupuncture can help mother and baby by addressing common pregnancy problems. It can further help to maintain your general health during the different stages of pregnancy. Research has shown that acupuncture is a very effective treatment for nausea, improving your mood, reducing anxiety and relieving pain during pregnancy.

During the last trimester of pregnancy acupuncture can help prepare the body for labour, whilst building up the energy for the post-natal period, as, when you have a baby energy reserves can run low. This can help prevent post-natal depression and restores your energy low energy may affect milk production and your mood.

Research has shown that acupuncture is very helpful in turning breech babies at around 34 to 35 weeks; approximately 30% more babies turn with this specific treatment.

Acupuncture can also help bring on labour when baby is overdue.

 

Common complaints treated by Lola during pregnancy

Severe vomiting (hyperemesis)
Severe vomiting (hyperemesis) can be experienced during pregnancy, usually during the first 12 weeks. Acupuncture can help to relieve the discomfort of hyperemesis.

Musculoskeletal conditions
Acupuncture can be used to treat musculoskeletal problems and is proven to reduce pain by stimulating the brain and spinal cord to produce endorphins (natural pain-relieving chemicals), melatonin (which promotes sleep) and serotonin (to promote wellbeing).

Turning babies from breech to head down presentation
A technique called moxibustion may be effective for turning babies from breech to head down?presentation, in addition to acupuncture. Herbal moxa sticks are lit and held over acupuncture points. The heat of the moxibustion helps to increase foetal movement, which may help to turn the baby. You will be advised how to perform moxibustion at home.


Birth preparation

Acupuncture is a natural and gentle treatment which may help prepare for labour.

It can encourage the body to naturally release the hormones that soften and ripen the cervix (prostaglandins) and the hormone that triggers contractions (oxytocin). It can help to bring the baby into the best possible position for birth, helps to relax muscles and tendons, calms the mind and strengthens the blood and energy levels in order to prepare for labour and birth.

Evidence shows that acupuncture can reduce the chances of being overdue and makes it less likely that birth will need to be induced.

Lola advises her patients to book appointments for birth preparation at least four weeksbefore due date.

 

To book an appointment please contact Lola.

Testimonials

"Lola's kind hearted, warm manner combined with her professionalism and knowledge provided me with the support I needed during my pregnancy with my twin boys. Lola's treatment relieved the symptoms of morning sickness in early pregnancy and reduced swelling in my hands and ankles as it progressed." - Helen

 

"My treatment was provided in a supportive environment which enabled me to achieve some much needed relaxation. She dealt with my symptoms such as headaches, back and pelvic girdle pain throughout my pregnancy. I wholeheartedly recommend Lola to those needing support through acupuncture during their pregnancy." - Elizabeth.