Pregnancy and Birth

For over ten years Jess has been highly acclaimed for specialist services in Maternity Reflexology and Pregnancy Acupuncture. Offered in both London and Berkshire clinics, Jess works regularly with local hospital maternity units and staff, and is referred by independent midwives and doulas.  Jess's Pregnancy Programme can simplify and map out treatment needs at each stage, and reassure you that you're taking healthy strides for pregnancy success.

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Pregnancy Programme

Pre-Natal Care
For 3 to 4 months prior to conception, a healthy lifestyle plan is optimal for the best quality sperm and egg health. Bi-weekly Acupuncture for reproductive strength is beneficial during this time, as well as Reflexology and special nutrition, offered at clinic.

1st Trimester (0-12 weeks)
This can be a delicate time with increased risk of miscarriage, especially after IVF, and potential for symptoms including nausea and discomfort. Weekly or bi-weekly Acupuncture is recommended to help enhance hormones and ease discomfiture.

2nd Trimester (13-28 weeks)
Acupuncture or Maternity Reflexology is recommended bi-weekly or as a minimum monthly. Symptoms will be discussed at length and are treated depending on their severity and your energy levels.  

3rd Trimester (29-40 weeks)
Bi-weekly to monthly Maternity Reflexology or Acupuncture recommended through week 36. Special presentations often crop up at this stage and are treated accordingly and promptly. 

Post Natal Care
The body is exhausted and in recovery. Three sessions over three weeks recommended, directly following birth, the first session within 7 days after birth. Treatments gently warm the womb, nourishing healing tissues and balancing hormones. Also addresses lactation problems, depression, c-section healing.

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Birth Preparation
Programme

Week 36 - 40, the final four weeks, prepares the body for upcoming childbirth.

4 weekly visits help balance hormone levels which
properly dilate and strengthen the cervix, stimulate mammary glands, increase overall endurance and calm nerves.

Worldwide more couples are taking part in Pre-Birth Acupuncture as studies have shown it decreased the amount of time spent in labour, and the amount of pain was significantly reduced.

Also included in the programme is a one-to-one training session with Jess to guide you and your birth partner hands-on through a series of acupressure techniques, enabling your partner to relieve the pain during contractions and help transition through birth stages.

By boosting energy, nourishing the blood in the body, softening ligaments and tendons, preparing the cervix, guiding relaxation and knowledge, your labour & birth results in: 

--Less time

--Less pain

--Less intervention

--Less stress

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Special Presentations

Special presentations are random during pregnancy but often seen in clinic and with great success.

Breech Position:
Most babies turn to head down position between 28-32 weeks. If by week 33 no turning has occurred it is a great time to try acupuncture and moxibustion.

At your appointment acupuncture is performed and you are taught how to perform daily moxibustion (a heat therapy that stimulates a specific point on the pinky toe) at home.  After one week, if the baby has not turned, you repeat one more acupuncture treatment and another week of daily moxibustion. World studies have shown over 75% success rate and in this clinic over 90%, performed weeks 33 and 36.

Labour Induction:
Labor induction is a procedure used to stimulate uterine contractions during pregnancy before labor begins on its own.

Acupuncture can help stimulate contractions. These contractions start slowly and gently increase, allowing your body to produce natural endorphins to manage any discomfort.

Induction treatments are preformed after 41 weeks or performed 3 days prior to a medical induction; it is recommended you have acupuncture every 1-2 days until you deliver.