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  • PREGNANCY SUPPORT
    Gently Supporting You Through Your Maternity

Why Choose Acupuncture During Pregnancy?

An amazing time of growth and change, Pregnancy is a time to treasure as we transition to a new phase of life.  Some of these changes can bring side effects which can be uncomfortable or stressful, upsetting an otherwise wonderful experience.  Acupuncture during pregnancy offers a safe, drug free way to manage physical and emotional symptoms naturally, nurturing mothers to be through the more difficult moments of maternity.

In the first few weeks of pregnancy Acupuncture's immune regulating effects seem to influence the mother's system to reduce the risk of rejection of a newly implanted embryo.  Research on herbal medicine also suggests a reduction in the risks of miscarriage in IVF patients during early pregnancy.  In later pregnancy as you relax and can enjoy the experience we can help you to deal with side effect such as nausea, insomnia and back pain.

PREGNANCY SUPPORT

We offer supporting treatment through the trimesters of pregnancy all the way up to birth. No matter how far into your pregnancy you are, we can help you to flourish and prepare your body for labour:

First Trimester

Early pregnancy is a delicate time as your body settles down to nourish your newly implanted embryo.  Acupuncture at this time may help to increase the blood flow to the uterus, maximising nutritional supply to the developing cells.  Acupuncture also positively modulates the immune response which it is believed can be linked with a reduction in risk of rejection of the embryo by the mothers immune system.  Combined with monitoring of the pulse, regular acupuncture and herbal treatments have been seen to reduce the occurrence of miscarriage in early pregnancy following IVF, some studies indicate by a margin of 10%.  After the first few delicate weeks have passed acupuncture can be a powerful tool to manage any nausea and vomiting experienced with morning sickness and to combat associated problems with lack of appetite.

Second Trimester

At a time when mothers are advised to avoid strong medication, acupuncture can be a safe efficient method to treat a range of common side effects experienced in pregnancy. Around 15-20% of pregnant women are affected by irritability, anxiety and depression and acupuncture can help you to relax and manage the emotional side of your journey. Acupuncture has also been seen to as effective as medication in the treatment of insomnia, giving you a drug free, natural way to get the sleep you need.  We can also effectively offer treatment for heartburn and digestive upset, back pain, swollen joints and haemorrhoids meaning you can relax and get back to enjoying your pregnancy.

Third Trimester

Throughout your pregnancy our approach to physical therapies will aim to prepare your body to be as strong and relaxed as possible to give birth. In the final trimester our clinical treatments will also be pointed towards preparations for labour and delivery.  We primarily use a combination of acupuncture, bodywork and moxibustion at this time to relieve physical symptoms such as backache, sciatica and pelvic discomfort.  We can also use these tools to effectively induce labour in overdue mothers and to encourage breech babies to turn from week 32 onward.  With good preparation and treatments to alleviate pain and encourage relaxation in the final stages we can help you to be as relaxed a possible in preparation for the big day to come.

Natural Fertility

We guide couples through a preparation phase to maximise our patients chances to conceive successfully. During this phase we treat existing conditions which can impede fertility, we assess and fine tune the regularity and quality of the menstrual cycle, and look at overall health alongside diet and lifestyle.

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IVF Support

IVF with acupuncture improves rates of pregnancy and live birth - BMJ. With options for both embryo transfer treatments, preparation for IVF over several months, or treatments during any phase of a potentially stressful process, we offer effective treatment and support for couples undergoing ART procedures.

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Early Motherhood

In Traditional Chinese Medicine the month following birth is an essential time for a new mother to rest and recuperate, ready to care for her new baby in the coming months. Taking principles of traditional Zuo yuezi (sitting the month) we can help to heal and reinvigorate the body at a critical time.

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Fees & Treatment Plans

We offer fertility treatment and IVF support packages with options for both one off appointments or discounted treatment packages, single or multi therapy pathways and both standard and out of hours clinics. Our fee structure aims to offer flexible choices to suit all of our clients.

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  • From start to finish I had a great experience with the Natural Health and Wellness Clinic. I was being treated with acupuncture to support IVF cycles. Martyn supported me through two cycles and offered a lot of advice, guidance and support through both. He always took time to explain the treatment and any alterations to support the cycle. I always felt a priority when fitting in appointments to fit my IVF schedule. Having used acupuncture before this was a totally different and positive experience. I would't hesitate to use the clinic again myself if required which is the best recommendation I can give. I'm currently pregnant with twins and I thank Martyn for his part in that.*

    NovaBristol
  • After a year of unsuccessfully trying to conceive, my partner and I decided to give acupuncture a try before moving on to the serious IVF process.  Martyn was very clear and calm in his approach, he gave us acupuncture treatments and herbs along with some changes to our diet and exercise over several months in what he called a preparation period.  The period pain I had experienced every month for as long as I can remember completely disappeared with the treatments and it must have been linked to our problems to start a family as after 5 months we were blessed with success!  I highly recommend Martyn at NHW, I don’t think our little girl would be here without him.*

    AngelaBristol
  • I’ve only had acupuncture once before, but I felt completely at ease with Martyn. He was very thorough with my medical history and in assessing what needed to be worked on. He was also very happy to answer all of my questions. After the session and in the days following I noticed immediate improvements to my back and shoulder pain which I have been suffering with for some years. Martyn was professional, provided a clean, relaxing environment and results that really worked. I will definitely be using his services again.*

    SatoukaCheltenham
  • We contacted the natural health and wellness clinic after we researched acupuncture for IVF. We wanted to give ourselves the best chances of success in our last NHS treatment cycle. After talking to Martyn we started around two months before our transfer was due. Ten weeks later and we are pregnant! I was much more relaxed this time and acupuncture the day before and on the Sunday morning after my procedure seems to have done the trick. We are keeping everything crossed and continuing acupuncture treatments. I wish we had tried acupuncture earlier.*

    Rebecca & DanBath
Please Note - These are reports of personal experiences and do not constitute a guarantee of treatment success.
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