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Old 06-06-2006, 04:29 AM   #1
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Who did acupuncture to start labor? **UPDATE**

If you did this, please share with me where they placed needles, and whether it worked or not for you, and whether you think it made a difference in the intensity of contractions vs. letting labor start on its own. I'm trying to decide whether to go ahead with this or not -- I'm a few days short of 37 weeks, and will have to fight with my OB, who feels I ought to have a c/s if I go past 40.

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Old 06-06-2006, 07:16 AM   #2
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor?

I didn't for starting labor, but I did for helping with morning sickness in the first trimester.......it was INCREDIBLY helpful for 2 days, and then I'd start feeling it again, so what I really needed was acupuncture every three days - lol
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I did it when he was three days overdue. I don't remember where they put the needles-definitely on the wrist and ankles though. I had acup at 9 that morning and went into labor at 11pm. It definitely worked for us.
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor?

I did it. I think it worked. I was over due and my labor started withing 24 hours. The needles weren't placed in any "weird" locations. I wore a tank and shorts and didn't have to disrobe. I remember needles in my back, hands, right between my eyebrows, and my pinky toe. That one hurt! It was soooo worth it though. I would try to wait till 39 weeks though. IMO.
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Old 06-08-2006, 07:59 PM   #5
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor?

Talked to the acupuncturist yesterday. He said he didn't think he could help me unless I was showing "signs of readiness", like effacement and dilation. Well, this is my 4th kid, and by the time I'm effaced and starting to dilate, I'll very likely already by IN labor! Oh well, it was a good thought... I have about 3 weeks before I'll have to fight my OB about having a c/s.
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor?

I had it done and I don't know that it started it but I thought it helped me relax..... I had my DD a week early though!!!
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor?

appartently it will start labour within 24 hours. i had an apointment booked when i was 5 days over due but i couldn't msk eit becaus eof a snow storm, i had my baby 1o days overdue, but really wish i could have tried this
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor? **UPDATE**

OB gave me the green light. I'm going to the acupuncturist tomorrow morning! Wish me luck, and send me some of that labor dust!
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor? **UPDATE**

Enjoy and good luck!! If baby is ready, it will work!
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Re: Who did acupuncture to start labor? **UPDATE**

Nothing yet...sigh. He put needles in my hands (bet. thumb and forefinger, feet (by big toe), ankles, and 4 big ones in my back. It didn't hurt, but I don't know that it helped, either. We'll try again one more time early next week if nothing happens over the weekend. Maybe baby wasn't ready yet...
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