Preparation for Childbirth
The perfect time to start preparing for the labour which will give birth to your child is towards the end of the second trimester, or at the latest, early in the third trimester – between 26 and 30 weeks.
Until your appointment I am unable to assess you, but most women benefit from treatment to nourish and strengthen them for the marathon task of giving birth, coming as it does on many months of these energies being depleted because during pregnancy, priority is given to the baby by natural physiology. (Athletes prepare for the big event, we need to too.)
In addition, outcomes for the actual event are improved with treatments which have been demonstrated in clinical trials to enhance the whole process of labour. This includes correcting breech position, where acupuncture has been shown to be twice as effective as any other method.
Herbs are recommended in the immediate post-natal period to replenish the energies lost in childbirth, reduce the chance of haemorrhage, to promote the involution (return to normal shape) of the uterus, as well as ensuring that the lochia is not retained but discharges cleanly and relatively quickly. Chinese medicine is also effective in a range of post-natal problems including post-partum haemorrhage, and the aftermath of blood loss.