Susan recommends weekly acupuncture during the first trimester and once per month in the second and third unless symptoms require attention. Acupuncture can be very helpful in addressing signs and symptoms such as morning sickness and heartburn, low back pain and sciatica, and hemorrhoids. Acupuncture combined with moxibustion (a heat therapy) can also be used to turn breech presentation in the weeks 32-35.
While acupuncture does not induce labor, treatments are very effective in “ripening the cervix” such that labor begins naturally, requiring less medical intervention such as induction. Acupuncture for birth preparation is not a single event; weekly treatments between weeks 36- 40 help prepare a woman for labor and delivery. Microcurrent, also known as electrical stimulation or e-stim, can be added to stimulate contractions a few days before a scheduled induction with Pitocin.
Each woman’s health history and experience with previous births is considered to fine-tune the