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#1 RMackintosh

Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:50 PM

Hey everyone!

My wife (39 weeks pregnant on Friday) has been wondering about Pregnancy Acupuncture.

Our doctor said it can work to help bring on labor. Does it actually work? Would just like to know if anyone here has done it and if so, how long did it take from when you got the Acupuncture??

#2 AllyK81

Posted 13 March 2019 - 08:59 PM

Worked for me. 3 days straight of acupuncture brought on labour at 38 plus 3 with my first.

#3 bikingbubs

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:08 PM

Didn't work for me. Started at 39 weeks, induced at 42 wks

#4 Mooples

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:14 PM

I had dry needling at my osteo (I think it’s pretty much the same thing?) during weeks 32 and 33. Waters broke at 34. Obviously no way of telling but I think it was related. Thankfully pregnancy number 2 my back and hips were ok so didn’t need it and didn’t have another prem labour which convinced me further.

#5 WaitForMe

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:14 PM


I remember lying there, on my side, thinking "I can't believe I am doing this... I can't believe people think this does anything at all!".

The placebo effect was wasted on me.

#6 *cough*

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:19 PM

I’ve my first appointment tomorrow so will let you know!

#7 Paddlepop

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:23 PM

Nope, didn't work for me. DD ended up being born after ARM, induction with syntocinon, and then eventually forceps.

#8 RMackintosh

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:25 PM

View Postbikingbubs, on 13 March 2019 - 09:08 PM, said:

Didn't work for me. Started at 39 weeks, induced at 42 wks
Yeah, my wife is concerned the same thing will happen to her.

How many times did you do it?

#9 RMackintosh

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:28 PM

View Post*cough*, on 13 March 2019 - 09:19 PM, said:

I’ve my first appointment tomorrow so will let you know!
Yes please :) - Wife

#10 MissMilla

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:35 PM

Didnt work for me. I was told on friday that unless labor starts over the weekend we have to i duce on monday (39weeks).
I went to acupuncture 3 days straight (fr,sat,sun) but unfortunately nothing happened.

Although i guess it was a very short timeframe.

#11 bikingbubs

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:40 PM

View PostRMackintosh, on 13 March 2019 - 09:25 PM, said:

Yeah, my wife is concerned the same thing will happen to her.

How many times did you do it?

Every second day or close to it! It was nice just to lay there like a blob without my toddler though....

#12 BornToLove

Posted 13 March 2019 - 09:48 PM

It worked for me. I saw a practitioner who was trained in traditional Chinese medicine, not and osteo or physio who took a weekend workshop.

I had two sessions, first on my due date and the second two days later. Baby was born within 24 hours of the second treatment (actual labour was very short, 3 hours).

#13 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:00 PM

It didn't help me. That baby was born at 41 weeks 4 days!

#14 lizzzard

Posted 13 March 2019 - 10:16 PM

I had acupuncture during very early labour at 38 weeks. Baby was born within 6 hours and was ridiculously fast - 1cm dilation to 10cm within 30 mins (I kid you not). I don't know if it was the acupuncture ...maybe it was a coincidence?

Edited by lizzzard, 13 March 2019 - 10:17 PM.

#15 Lou-bags

Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:36 AM

Good quality evidence for effectiveness is scant... but equally there is little risk in trying.


I decided to keep my money and didn’t bother when I was pregnant with DS2 and thinking about ways to bring on labour. I ended up having a beautiful induced birth at 39+0 and have no regrets.

#16 Ellie bean

Posted 14 March 2019 - 01:56 AM

For another perspective, 2nd birth I had an induction where they put the epidural in first before inducing, there was a medical reason for it but gosh it was awesome, if I had a third I’d be doing that again, it was soooo much better than my first spontaneous labor at 40 weeks, I’d be skipping acupuncture and going straight for the drugs

#17 PhillipaCrawford

Posted 14 March 2019 - 06:52 AM

Didn't work for me.
However I think I naturally have lengthier pregnancies than the average.

My three were all induced -
DS at 43w+3
DD 1&2 at 42w
None were born overcooked and the midwife commented with DD2 that there were no signs at all of the placenta breaking down.

So it's worth giving it a try. What have you got to lose but I don't think it a miracle.

#18 *cough*

Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:51 PM

I had my first session today. I’m nearly 37 weeks. It’s just to get things prepared at this stage. She said that unless your body is getting ready, it won’t actually help but by starting early is helps to get things started.

I must say bub has been going crazy all day and has definitely moved down so maybe it does actually help?

#19 leosmum

Posted 14 March 2019 - 08:58 PM

I had it throughout pregnancy with a trained Chinese medicine practitioner, and then again on the day I ended up giving birth. It was the day before my son’s due date. My practitioner worked on the induction points and when I stood up from the treatment we could both see and I could feel that the baby had dropped lower down. I gave birth no more than 6 hours later. Amazing!! And there’s no harm in trying :)

#20 MooGuru

Posted 14 March 2019 - 09:52 PM

I saw an acupuncturist for mastitis not to induce labour but her day job was obstetrician and there were several heavily pregnant women all of whom I only saw once over the few weeks I saw her.

#21 Daffy2016

Posted 15 March 2019 - 09:48 AM

I did at the recommendation of my midwife - I think from 38 weeks?

Honestly I don’t think it did anything really, although once I went over 40 weeks she apparently ‘made it stronger’ which may have helped a bit?

In the end I had two stretch and sweeps to get things going and still had a long and slow labour.

It was nice lying there with nothing to do though!

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