In short, for those of you who haven’t been following, I’m doing acupuncture to hopefully induce labor as my due date draws closer, reduce labor by 2-3 hours and help with my swelling in my hands.
So, yesterday, we tried a few more needles to see if it would help at all. I had 28 in total, a few more than usual. The general ones in my feet, lower calves and ankles. She also put two in my baby toes, these ones got the baby really moving and pinched quite a bit.
She also put two in the sides of my belly and two in my lower back to induce labor.
And of course, the usual hand points to help with swelling.
Overall, I have to say while I am getting them, I feel that the baby moves more and I get some slight contractions. My hands swell up a lot for about 5 hours afterwards and are very tight and sore. At night there seems to be more pressure in my pelvic region and last night, I woke up every two hours (without fail)!to go to the washroom. My hands are actually feeling quite good! There seems to be a decrease in the swelling, although it may be a combination of the stinging needle tea and acupuncture but I am really happy with the results, they’re still swollen but not nearly as bad as before!
I also had an appointment with my gynecologist last Tuesday and this Tuesday (today). Last Tuesday was my first appointment since the holidays (2 weeks) and he had noticed that the baby had dropped, my mucus plug was almost gone and that labor was slowly starting to happen. I thought this may have been due to the acupuncture. Today, he informed me that I have not dialated nor has he drawn any closer. My mucous plug is gone but nothing has really progressed.
My conclusion so far is that, while I believe acupuncture has helped prepare a few things, it hasn’t influenced labor at all. I think this little boy will come when ever he feels ready, with acupuncture or not.
However, I am still going to do it regularly and see what happens. I am still hopeful that is helps with swelling and shortnens labor.
Another note, there was another mother there who had been having acupuncture since her 15th week, due to back pain and other issues, and she swore that it helped. She was now at 30 weeks and will continue it until the baby is here. So for those of you in a lot of pain, it may help you! For those of you keen to get that baby out, my advice is trust that both your babe and body know what they’re doing!
Thanks for reading along!