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Acupuncture and pregnancy


At BabyConnections we believe in offering a full range of pregnancy-related services, capitalising on our access to a full range of specialist clinicians at St Joseph’s Hospital.


We have recruited the services of Kathryn Pearce who is a licenced acupuncturist with a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine and has been practising since 1998.


New mothers benefit by using acupuncture to increase energy levels and to combat 'baby blues'.


Kathryn originally studied and trained as a social worker in the UK thirty years ago and first came across acupuncture in 1991 while living in New York.


What is acupuncture?


Acupuncture is an ancient system of medicine used in China for thousands of years.  It is a safe and effective form of medicine.  It looks at pain and illness as signs that the body is out of balance.  The overall aim of acupuncture treatment is to restore the body’s equilibrium.  By inserting fine needles into specific points on the body, shifts are made in the overall condition of the patient’s health and wellbeing.



Is acupuncture safe?


Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments.  It is essential that you choose an acupuncturist who is trained and a member of a professional body such as the Acupuncture Society of the UK or British Acupuncture Council.


How can acupuncture help during pregnancy?


Many conditions which routinely crop up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution.  Acupuncture, when provided by a trained practitioner, can give relief for a range of pregnancy-related conditions:


  • morning sickness
  • high/low blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • tiredness
  • constipation
  • tender breasts
  • migraine and other headaches
  • back ache
  • pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
  • varicose veins


Acupuncture and labour


  • Acupuncture can be used to help to induce labour in overdue pregnancies.  It should only be used for induction when the mother has passed her due date, and then only with the consent of the obstetric team in charge of the birth.  This ensures that all medical factors are taken into account and that the appropriate facilities are in place if the treatment is successful in encouraging the natural process to commence.  Acupuncture treatment can occasionally have a very rapid effect, but generally speaking it may take at least a few days to work.


During labour acupuncture is used for pain relief and to boost the mother's energy if the labour is a long one.  Acupuncture can also be used to restart labour if it has slowed down or if contractions have stopped.

After the birth


Acupuncture is used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the 'baby blues'.  It also is very helpful in treating mastitis.


Research into acupuncture and pregnancy-related conditions


  • Acupuncture has been proven to reduce the symptoms of morning sickness. (2002, Adelaide University).
  • Acupuncture has been found to reduce the experience of pain in labour.  A secondary outcome of acupuncture was a shorter delivery time. (2002, Skilnand).
  • Acupuncture has been proven to reduce pelvic girdle pain during pregnancy. (2005, Institute for the health of Women and Children, Sahlgrenska Academy Gothernburg, Sweden).
  • 70% of women responded positively to treatment with acupuncture for depression during pregnancy. (2004, Stanford University). 

For more information about our acupuncture services or to make an appointment, please call 01633 820321, email or vist

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