Brighton & Sussex

Antenatal Acupuncture


Acupuncture in pregnancy is a very safe and effective way to help bring relief from many of the discomforts associated with being pregnant:

  • Nausea and vomiting (often called “morning sickness”)
  • Indigestion and digestive disorders
  • Constipation, haemorrhoids
  • Tiredness, lethargy, fatigue
  • Aches and pains
  • High or low blood pressure
  • Anaemia
  • Dizziness and fainting
  • Tinnitus
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain and sciatica
  • SPD – symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • Mood swings, depression
  • Poor appetite, food aversions and cravings, bitter taste
  • Thirst
  • Rashes, itching
  • Restless legs
  • Night sweats
  • Varicose veins

Acupuncture treatment is a very effective treatment helping you cope with whatever symptoms you may be experiencing at any time during your pregnancy. During the first trimester, women may find acupuncture particularly helpful if they are experiencing any nausea or vomiting, (often at its most intense between 8-12 weeks). For women with a history of miscarriage, acupuncture treatments during the first 12 weeks help the foetus firmly implant in the uterine wall and maintain a good uterine lining.

We recommend that you come for treatment at 12, 24 and 36 weeks, as these are important transition times in the course of the pregnancy. Having acupuncture at these key transition times can greatly enhance the health of both mother and baby. The treatments are understood to have a beneficial effect on the development of the foetus, and help strengthen the mother and build her energy to support healthier growth and development in the following trimester. From week 36 weekly treatments to help prepare physically or emotionally for labour are recommended.