Tanya Smith

Acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner

Cultivate the soil before planting the seed

Third Trimester

As your baby grows in size in the third trimester, many physical discomforts often start to emerge.

Digestive concerns with constipation, heartburn and hemorrhoids are common.

Back, hip and pelvic pain develop as your abdominal muscles are stretched and unable to offer support and your center of gravity moves forward. Women’s gait also changes and pain may develop from a new way of walking.

All of this on the backdrop of trying to get the baby’s room ready, finishing up at work and looking toward the labor and birth of your baby. It is often a mixture of excitement and anxiety with all of the changes happening.

Treatment in the third trimester focuses on managing any pain or discomforts, dealing with swelling, blood pressure changes and helping to ensure your baby is finding an optimal position in preparation for birth.

Breech Position

If your baby is in a breech position, treatment starts in week 33 to help the baby turn head down. This is a simple treatment involving daily moxa at home and requires only one session with Tanya to learn how to do the moxa and get all of the supplies you will need.

Labor and Birth Preparation

Birth Preparation

Preparing for the birth of your baby can bring a mix of excitement and anxiety. How do you prepare for one of the most intense experiences of your life?

While you await the arrival of those first contractions, you may feel like you are at the mercy of your body, your baby or your healthcare provider. Be assured, there are things you can do to help you have the birth you desire.

Acupuncture in the final four weeks of your pregnancy provides physical and emotional support leading up to labor and birth. It can increase your sense of satisfaction with your birth experience and improve your overall well-being after birth.

Birth preparation acupuncture will:

  • help to ensure your baby is in a good position for birth, not only head down but also facing the right way
  • help to move your baby down and engage in your pelvis
  • start to ripen the cervix which shortens labor
  • help get things moving so you are less likely to labor after your due date and decreases the need for medical induction
  • treat anxiety and help create a calm mental attitude for a an optimal birth experience.

Birth Preparation Acupuncture with Tanya includes:

Weekly acupuncture
Acupressure-for-birth training for you and your birth partner
Acupressure hand-out to practice and refer to during your labor

To help prepare your support team before labor, download your free acupressure handbook created by Debra Betts, an acupuncturist who works with midwives in New Zealand. Follow the step-by-step instructions on using acupressure for labor and pain management and share them with your birth partner.

Acupuncture Induction

Acupuncture is an effective way to safely stimulate the body systems involved in initiating labor. Although it is common for pregnancies to extend past the due date, especially first pregnancies, there may be situations where it is indicated to bring on labor sooner. If your health care provider has scheduled a medical induction, acupuncture is used starting two to three days before your medical induction is planned.

Acupuncture treatment followed by self-administered acupressure is the most practical and effective method of inducing labor. Treatment may be daily until labor starts.

Even if labor does not start on it’s own, women treated with acupuncture often have a more efficient labor with medical induction than women who had no acupuncture treatment and little further intervention is often required during labor.