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Acupuncture and Pregnancy

Pregnancy Acupuncture has been observed to help prepare and soften the cervix, this may support an promote and efficient labour.  A study has found that woman who received acupuncture prior to birthing; their labour was shortened by an average of 1.5 hours.


Pregnancy Acupuncture produces an endorphin release.  Over the course of receiving pre labour acupuncture visits, endorphins are built up and are available to be used when labour begins, which is thought to reduce the pain / discomfort of labour. 

It is our clinic’s belief that a course of pre labour acupuncture acts like a training programme for the pituitary gland, the gland that produces the pain relieving endorphins.  The more acupuncture you receive the ‘fitter’ and more efficient your glands will produce the endorphins and thus assist you in an efficient labour.  Endorphins also reduce stress and produce feelings of happiness and overall wellbeing which is beneficial to both mother and baby.


Pregnancy Acupuncture offers a range of positive effects,  Midwives have previously reported that a reduced rate of intervention is noted for women who have received pre labour acupuncture.


Pregnancy Acupuncture is safe, drug free and has been traditionally used for thousands of years to help manage many common conditions that occur during pregnancy.  Such as nausea, heartburn, fatigue and exhaustion, reducing swelling, relieving pelvic pain, turning breech babies and induction / promoting labour.  During labour there are specific acupressure points that can be used to support and aid in  the birthing process.


At MaxWell Clinic we offer acupuncture during your pregnancy and we have developed a pre labour acupuncture package, where six weekly acupuncture visits prior to the estimated due date are recommended.  Your birthing partner is welcome to come and learn the acupressure points which will support you during your labour.


“  I found Justin to be very professional in his approach to the treatments and also his sharing of tips and tricks for labour were invaluable, in particular breathing techniques and acupressure points. I would highly recommend Justin at MaxWell Clinic to anyone who is currently pregnant. He is a fountain of knowledge and my only regret is that I didn’t start the sessions earlier in the third trimester to get the full benefits that I believe acupuncture can achieve.” Melissa


‘My first appointment with Justin Dwen was approximately one hour, during this time he asked numerous questions regarding my medical background, pregnancy and problems I was currently suffering from.  He was very thorough and was more than happy to answer my huge number of questions.  I found Justin to be very personable, professional and extremely friendly.

Once Justin started inserting the needles I was incredibly surprised at how little it hurt, it was only a small pinching feeling followed by a strange pulling sensation when he manipulated the needles.

 Following my first birth which was incredibly difficult and somewhat traumatic I was nervous about the second birth however following Justin’s treatments I now view the birth positively and am excited about it.

 I would highly recommend Justin Dwen to anyone suffering with problems of any sort during pregnancy.” Chantelle




Six weekly acupuncture treatments prior to your estimated due date for $360, saving $120 (treatments normally $80, special price $60). 


Acupuncture treatment can be used throughout your pregnancy – Regarding this special, treatment can begin at week 34 of your pregnancy, or anytime after that (some acupuncture is better than none).


Acupuncture and IVF

MaxWell Clinic is one of a few fertility focused acupuncture clinics in Auckland. We provide Acupuncture for fertility / infertility and acupuncture with IVF, IUI, and other assisted fertility treatments as well as male fertility and acupuncture during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Acupuncture is safe, drug free and has been traditionally used for thousands of years to help manage many common conditions that occur during pregnancy. 

Special Offer

Book 6 Pregnancy treatments for $360, saving $120