As well as treating the many common complaints of early pregnancy, optimising your health and well being, moderating stress and applying measures for miscarriage prevention, acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can also help you to prepare for an expedient labour and birth.

Women have been using acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbal remedies are part of their pregnancy for centuries! Acupuncture in particular has been shown to be very safe when applied by experienced practitioners. The main benefit most women (and their doctors) enjoy about acupuncture is that there is nothing to be taken (ingested) as part of treatment. This is especially useful for women experiencing symptoms of pregnancy such as nausea. Acupuncture has been shown to be highly effective in alleviating these symptoms.

During pregnancy it is important to consult with practitioners who are highly experienced in caring for the special needs and limitations of pregnant women. Our practitioners see pregnant women as part of their daily practice at FGHG so you can be confident your practitioner is an expert with training and experience in supporting women in pregnancy. Both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be used with great success to support a healthy pregnancy and prepare your body for labour, birth and mothering.

Once your pregnancy is confirmed

We usually recommend weekly visits with your acupuncturist – particularly if you have any history of difficulty in conceiving, miscarriage, bleeding, cramping other issues in early pregnancy. Chinese herbal medicine may also be administered during this time, but not always. You may choose not to take herbs if you wish.

During this time we will focus on treating the many common complaints of early pregnancy (nausea, vomiting, anxiety, etc.) while optimising your health and well being, moderating stress and applying measures for miscarriage prevention. Appointments are often less frequent during second trimester unless issues arise which require treatment. Four to six weekly visits are usually adequate during this time when the pregnancy is progressing normally and well.

Birth preparation

Around 30-34 weeks is a great time to check in with your acupuncturist / herbalist if you haven’t already. At this time we are starting a conversation about preparing for labour. Weekly visits from around 34 weeks ensure optimal fetal positioning and a weekly focus on helping you to move you closer to being ready to achieving a spontaneous labour and uncomplicated birth. Birth preparation during this time includes:

Weekly consultations with your acupuncturist to help you prepare physically and emotionally for birth, manage stress and improve your energy and stamina. Acupuncture also assists in preparing your cervix and uterus for birth, and helping your labour to start spontaneously and on time.

Breech presentation

Our acupuncturists have great success in turning malpositioned or breech babies. This is most effective if the treatment is undertaken between 34 and 37 weeks, and the earlier you begin, the greater likelihood of success.

Acupuncture to induce labou

Acupuncture is often successful in inducing labour if you are overdue for your dates. Induction acupuncture provides an alternative step to medical induction and can help to minimise the possibility of associated interventions. Induction with acupuncture still enables a slow build to contractions, not suddenly starting intense contractions, therefore optimising your chances of an uncomplicated labour and natural birth.

Pain in labour

Your acupuncturist can be teach you and your partner how to use acupressure points during labour.

Check out our blog post for our Top Tips To Get Your Labour Started!

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Are we open during stage 4 lockdown?

  • Telehealth is available – this means your naturopathic, counselling, Chinese Herbal Medicine and birth preparation/debriefing appointments remain available via telehealth – book below.
  • Prescription naturopathic medicines are available – we are posting daily. Collections available ONLY to those of you who live within a 5km radius to our clinic. We will pass your order out the door to you for contactless pickup between 11am-1pm Monday – Saturday unless otherwise arranged with you.
  • Remedial Massage is not available for the remainder of stage 4 lockdown
  • In person Acupuncture and Osteopathic appointments are ONLY AVAILABLE to people who qualify. If you have an upcoming appointment for Acupuncture or Osteopathy your practitioner will be in contact with you to discuss if you qualify. If you are a new patient seeking help please follow the DHHS guidelines:
 
To avoid doubt, the DHHS provides further guidelines for permitted care as: 
  • to avoid a requirement for specialist input / review 
  • to avoid a hospital admission or emergency department presentation.

If you do not meet the above criteria, we cannot see you for in-person appointments for the remainder of the Stage 4 lockdown.

We understand how valuable your sessions are, and we are aware that this will be very difficult for some patients.  In the current health crisis that has swept our state, we must all act accordingly to minimise potential risk. 
 

Thank you for your patience, kindness and support for us as we manoeuver around this constantly changing situation.

Call our usual number – 03 9419 9988 for assistance.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur.

Remember – please do not enter our clinic at all, unless you’re here for the in person consult that you qualify for.

Referral Required

All patients will need to have on hand a GP or medical specialist referral to be able to access in person Acupuncture & Osteopathy at Fertile Ground Health Group during Stage 4 Lockdown.

Remedial Massage is no longer available.

Naturopathic consults via telehealth and posted prescription medicines remain available.

We will keep this notification updated with any changes as they occur. Thank you for your understanding, patience and support.