There are 3 essential elements to consider in preparing your body for labor:
Have you been having Braxton Hicks (contraction practice)?
Is the baby in a good position?
Has your cervix started to change (cervical ripening)?
Weekly or bi-weekly acupuncture starting around week 37 is a great way to encourage your mind and body to prepare for labor to begin, progress naturally, and to decrease chances of being excessively overdue.
For unexpected or impending induction, acupuncture treatments in close succession are recommended to optimize conditions for labor to begin spontaneously.
For more information on the benefits of cervical ripening and labor preparation acupuncture, click here.