How Does Acupuncture Help To Avoid Induction ?

How Does Acupuncture Help To Avoid Induction ?

reduce the risk of induction

How can I reduce the risk of being induced? Around 6 weeks before the birth of your baby your cervix starts to ripen. Just like a juicy pear it softens and prepares the birth of your baby when it will start to thin and open. Starting to calm your life down and relax at this time is beneficial.


Studies have shown that using acupuncture from your 37th or 38th week of pregnancy may reduce your risk of induction by around 20%

And if you are already under pressure from your hospital for being post dates?

Successful treatment

We have successfully treated many women in speeding up the cervical ripening and inducing natural labour with acupuncture and have demonstrated the use of acupressure during labour to help keep labour going. Again this is all backed up by medical trials. (Research has shown that the average length of labour in women who had given birth for the first time was reduced from eight hours and two minutes to 6 hours and 36 minutes in the group of women who had pre-birth acupuncture).

How can I help turn my breech or transverse baby?

A baby starts to migrate head down from about the 28th week. If the baby is still not head down by week 34 you should probably look into doing something to encourage them.

There are many things you can do to help turn a baby who hasn’t gone head down yet. These include:

  • Dropping to all fours and putting your chest on the floor when you feel your baby moving.
  • Having your pelvis checked for any misalignment by an osteopath and corrected. A misaligned pelvis can change the shape of the uterus making it unfavorable for your baby’s head.
  • Use acupuncture and moxibustion (the application of heat) for 14 days continuously.

Here at The elbowroom clinic, we provide acupuncture services including moxibustion sticks so you can do the treatment yourself at home.

We recommend you book into us for a consultation if

  • You experience any pregnancy-related symptoms
  • At your 37th week to start your cervical ripening treatments
  • And from 34 to 39 weeks to help breech presentation.

Booking Your Appointment

To book an appointment any of our clinic’s therapists please call 01 677 9859 or email info@the-elbowroom.com.



About the author: Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa Wilkinson

Lisa opened The elbowroom in February 2003. Mother to Tuilelaith and Sean, director of The elbowroom and with a crew of over 60 staff, she is a busy bee. Lisa leads a team committed to bringing health and vitality to all of her clients. Lisa currently teaches in our yoga training programs and oversees pregnancy yoga and mum & baby yoga. Lisa works hard developing healthy food choices for Yin & Tonic @ The elbowroom. She specialises paediatric and pregnancy with workshops, yoga therapy, and craniosacral therapy.

The elbowroom has an extensive range of classes for all ages and abilities. We offer such an eclectic mix to enable you to find something that will suit you. If you need any advice, please contact our class advisor who can point you in the right direction.