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Acupuncture During Pregnancy

Acupuncture can be used to assist with a range of pregnancy related conditions, offering women an alternative to taking medication. Acupuncture may also be used for the discomfort often regarded as part of a ‘normal’ pregnancy that just has to be endured.  The following complaints can respond to acupuncture:

Breech Babies

Breech babies are  ideally  treated between 34 - 36 weeks gestation. This is often a one off treatment with women being shown how to continue treatment at home with a moxa stick (a herb that has been shaped into a cigar like stick). The moxa stick is lit and held over specific places in the body to stimulate the acupuncture points.

Prebirth Treatment

This involves a series of four treatments weekly from 36 or 37 weeks to prepare for labour. Points are used according to a woman's constitution and pregnancy history. This may include points used to assist in ripening the cervix,  positioning  the baby in the best presentation for labour and to promote optimal energy and stamina for women.


Acupuncture is very effective in inducing preganancy once you have gone past your due date or are 40 weeks pregnant.  Many women find the 'stretch and sweep' far too invasive and wish to try acupuncture for induction prior to having to resort to a medical sweep.

Post Birth Treatment

Following birth having treatment is a real boost to recovery. After the total absorption of dealing with a new baby it is a great way to look after yourself, get you back on your feet and re-find the world. Padma also sees women with post natal problems such as mastitis, anxiety and sleep problems, tiredness, pain and depression.

Padma Is A Member of ACT Berkshire - What Is This?

act.jpgThe Acupuncture for Conception to Childbirth Team (ACT) Berkshire is a professional group of qualified traditional acupuncturists who offer specialist treatment conception through to childbirth as well as postnatal support.