So my midwife recommended to me, to help with my pregnancy related insomnia and also hip discomfort, that I should try out acupuncture to see if it would help. So after a little research online and found that just up the road from my house in Burgess Hill that there was a clinic that specialise in fertility acupuncture but also treat people during pregnancy, as well as young children. I couldn’t think of anywhere more appropriate (or convenient) to go, so I booked in for what I thought was a consultation. The appointment was mainly via text message, which it just perfect for me!
I turned up on the day ready to discuss what was wrong and what she could do for me. The lady Mo was lovely and I wasn’t actually too nervous as I thought I was going for just a consultation. So we discussed issues I was having and she told me about how acupuncture would help me. She then asked me to get up on the table and we would start the treatment. I instantly freaked, but Mo was very kind and calming and explained exactly how it would work and that she would do one and see how I felt.
The idea of having needles shoved into you it not one that sits well with me, and I can’t imagine it would with anyone, but I was having such issues sleeping that I was willing to try anything. I can honestly say I didn’t feel a thing. It felt like someone tapping me lightly with their finger, no sharp pain, no pain at all! Once I realised that it wasn’t going to hurt at all I relaxed and I actually enjoyed it. The room was bright and nicely decorated (very Instagramable!), the soothing music created the perfect atmosphere to chill out with needles sticking out of you.
I wasn’t really sure how sticking needles into you could actually help you, I really only tried it because, like I said, I was tired of not sleeping and got to the point where I would try anything. The first night after I had it done I didn’t sleep any better, and thought it was a bit of a waste of time, but actually I have had 2 sessions now and think it’s actually helped a bit. The hip pain is still there but it’s definitely more manageable now, and I am not having to take painkillers every night which it really good.
I would recommend anyone to give it a go and see what you think of it yourself. I am having a few weeks off but I have booked in another appointment to go back and have preparation acupuncture in the weeks leading up to my due date. This is supposed to help prepare your body for labour and my hubby can also come along where she will show him pressure points to help with pain during labour.
She also does a treatment which is supposed to stimulate your body into going into labour if you are overdue, I will see how I get on and decide if this would be helpful but I would like to go as naturally as possible.
I hope you found this useful, this is the company I used: http://www.unityfertility.co.uk/
Lots of love