Varicose veins in the legs or vulva cause local pain; while acupuncture does not cure these conditions it reduces the associated discomfort.
Haemorrhoids are a common complaint during pregnancy and especially after labour. Acupuncture and diet can help manage these and reduce discomfort.
Depression: Clinical trials show that acupuncture is an effective alternative to antidepressant medication in pregnant women.
Stress and anxiety: stress during pregnancy can have an impact on the baby’s immune system. Acupuncture reduces levels of stress hormones and promotes a sense of relaxation and wellbeing.
Pain: sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg cramps, rib or pubic bone pain can all cause discomfort that can range from mild to crippling. While most of these symptoms will resolve after delivery, they can usually be managed in the meantime with acupuncture which may be preferable to pain killing medication.
Skin rashes and itching can occur in the final trimester causing distress and lack of sleep. Acupuncture is an effective alternative to steroids and antihistamines.