Acupuncture in Pregnancy


Acupuncture treatment during pregnancy aims to smooth the flow of energy to promote general wellbeing. It can help relieve pain, improve mood, reduce anxiety, and alleviate pregnancy nausea and heartburn. Towards the end of pregnancy and past the due date, acupuncture is often used to encourage the natural process of labour.

Prebirth Treatments

Towards the later stages of pregnancy, more regular, weekly treatments can be given to harmonise the mother’s energy and to focus on the process of labour. Read more about the benefits of pre-birth treatments on Debra Bett’s website.

Optimal Foetal Positioning

In China, where acupuncture originated, moxibustion (the smouldering of the herb artemisia vulgaris latiflora) has traditionally been used to encourage the baby to turn into a head-down position for labour.

For more information, please have a look at the ACT Yorkshire information leaflet.

baby feet

Supporting the Natural Onset of Labour

Women often come to see us near or past their due date to receive acupuncture treatment to balance their energy and encourage the natural onset of labour, prior to a chemical induction.



The British Acupuncture Council has published a Fact Sheet on Obstetrics, which looked at research across the whole area of pregnancy. The most important finding was that acupuncture is safe. This summary of the research evidence concluded that acupuncture may:

  • relieve pain (back pain, pubic pain, labour pain)
  • promote spontaneous labour
  • improve mood and reduce anxiety
  • alleviate dyspepsia (digestive pain, nausea, heartburn, vomiting, bloating)
  • turn a foetus who is breech


If you’d like to try acupuncture with Harriet during your pregnancy, please contact York Clinic and make an appointment. To find out what happens at your first appointment, or hear how other people have found receiving acupuncture, just click here.

Links to Research Fact Sheets

The British Acupuncture Council has published Fact Sheets on Female FertilityMale FertilityPeriod Pain (Dysmenorrhoea)EndometriosisPCOS, and Premenstrual Syndrome. They are designed to give accurate and unbiased information about the research evidence that exists, and how confident we can be that acupuncture can help.