Acupuncture reduces rates of medical labour induction

When pregnant, acupuncture after the due date can reduce your need for medical induction by almost 50%. A study from June 2018 followed 375 women who were overdue to give birth. Rates of medical induction were almost half for women who had acupuncture (20%) with lower rates of oxytocin infusion, compared to those who received routine care (38%). The acupuncture group had higher rates of spontaneous delivery (75% vs 53%) and delivered earlier than the control group.

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Acupuncture & cupping for pregnancy lumbopelvic pain

A new observational study from New Zealand reports acupuncture & cupping provide clinically significant improvements in 89% of pregnancy related lumbopelvic pain (lower torso, lower back and pelvic girdle). Acupuncture & cupping are an effective alternative to commonly prescription drugs and over-the-counter analgesics that are not recommended during pregnancy.

Acupuncture & cupping for pregnancy lumbopelvic pain

 

Safe to consume 12 eggs per week

Increasing protein in the diet is commonly recommended to improve fertility. We now know it’s safe to eat up to 12 eggs per week without any negative impacts on cardiovascular health, even for those with pre-diabetes & Type 2 diabetes! A recent study (2018) tracked 128 participants over a year on a high (12/week) or low (<2/week) egg diet & found no significant changes to cholesterol, blood sugar or blood pressure. Start scrambling!

12 eggs/week ok for health

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Maternal diet may reduce childhood eczema and food allergy

A recent (2018) systematic review concludes that diet during pregnancy & lactation impacts the baby’s developing immune system and may reduce the risk of allergy & autoimmune disease. Probiotic supplementation was likely to reduce childhood eczema and fish oil may lower egg allergy. A strong statistical correlation with positive benefit was seen in a number of cases but most importantly, there were no reported negative effects from taking these supplements during pregnancy.

Maternal diet may reduce baby’s risk to eczema and egg allergy

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Acupuncture during IVF doubles pregnancy rates in London clinical trial

Acupuncture during IVF doubles pregnancy rates in 2016 London study

Homerton University Hospital in London carried out a clinical trial during 2014-2016 that included 160 infertile couples undergoing IVF. Half had 4 sessions of acupuncture during their IVF cycle while the other half did not have any acupuncture. After 18 months, pregnancy rates were 46.2% for the acupuncture group and 21.7% for the untreated group.

Dropping a few kilograms can significantly improve your fertility!

Fifty-two overweight patients with a BMI of 25 or above, who were being treated for infertility, were referred to weight loss counseling. An endocrinologist monitored patients providing diet and exercise recommendations, metabolic screening and pharmacologic intervention when indicated.

–       32% of patients achieved meaningful weight loss (10% or more)

–       Those who shed 10% or more body weight had dramatically improved fertility outcomes compared to patients who did not lose weight:

– 34% higher conception rates (88% vs. 54%)

– 34% more live births (71% vs. 37%)

It might be hard work to lose weight, but totally worth it, so get moving!

Fertility and Sterility Vol 101, Issue 5, pg 1400-1403, May 2014

How Acupuncture Helps Conception and Pregnancy

Acupuncture is among the most reliable forms of alternative medicine. It has been around for almost 3,000 years and its benefits continue to please many people, especially pregnant women or those who are planning to get pregnant. If you want to find out why, we’ve listed a few interesting points that you might find beneficial:

Trying to Conceive

Unsuccessful attempts of trying to conceive can be an emotional roller coaster, which could put stress into your relationship. About one in six Australian couples, or approximately three million Australians, are infertile. If you’re among them, don’t lose hope yet. There are still ways to help you get pregnant.

Acupuncture helps increase fertility by improving blood flow to the ovaries and uterus. This thickens the lining of the uterus and can increase the possibility of embryo implantation. It also improves the function of the neuroendocrine system, which promotes the release of hormones that stimulate the adrenal glands, ovaries, and reproductive organs.

Preparing for Labour

Many pregnant women become anxious at the thought of childbirth because it is often a long and painful process that doesn’t always go to plan. It’s important however, to relax and feel as comfortable as possible before your due date. Research shows that women who fear childbirth tend to have longer and more complicated labours.

Acupuncture involves the use of needles at certain points on the body. It stimulates energy throughout your system to soften pelvic ligaments and increase blood flow for dilation. It can also reduce your sensitivity to pain by increasing the ‘feel good chemicals’ endorphins.

Coping with Pregnancy Blues

Being pregnant means carrying additional weight, making it difficult to move and maintain proper posture, so muscular aches and pains are common. It also causes morning sickness and increases the incidence of constipation, fatigue, heartburn, and preeclampsia or pregnancy-induced hypertension. Acupuncture can help ease such conditions by targeting specific points in the body, so your system is balanced.

Pregnancy is probably among the best things that can happen to a woman. Don’t let certain issues get in the way. Contact us for natural therapies like acupuncture that promote conception and worry-free pregnancy.

If you are using donor eggs in IVF, does your age (as a recipient) make a difference to your pregnancy and birth success rate?

Not if you’re under 44yrs of age! A recent study looked at birth outcomes for women using fresh donor eggs from IVF cycles in relation to their age as recipients. This means eggs were grown using an IVF protocol in one woman, retrieved and donated for fertilization, before being transferred into another female recipient with the hope of pregnancy and a live birth. The good news is that results only started to decline if the recipient woman was 45yrs or older. Here is a summary of the outcomes:

–       Nearly 28,000 fresh donor egg IVF cycles carried out between 2008-2010 were analysed

–       Female recipients were separated into five different age brackets:

  • 34yrs or younger
  • 35-39yrs
  • 40-44yrs
  • 45-49yrs
  • 50yrs or older

–       All women from the first 2 age brackets (39 years and under) had similar rates of implantation, clinical pregnancy and live births

–       Recipient women over the age of 45 had significantly worse results for implantation, pregnancy and live births

–       Women over 50 had the worst outcomes (implantation, pregnancy, live births) demonstrating progressive decline with age.

–       All results were compared to a reference group of women aged between 40-44yrs

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Fertility and Sterility, Vol 101, Issue 5, pg 1331-1336.e1, May 2014