Pregnancy normally lasts from 37 weeks to 42 weeks from the first day of your last period. As part of your antenatal care, your midwife will also offer you a dating scan that will give you a more accurate date for the birth of your baby. Only around 5% of babies actually arrive on their due date. Therefore, itís high likely that your baby wonít be born on its due date. Itís not an exact science and is made variable by multiple factors, such as the babyís growth and the motherís energy and blood levels. If youíve had IVF, then the due date is the same as if you conceived naturally as itís still calculated from your last period or down regulating bleed.
Acupuncture is a safe and gentle way to help bring on labour. I use it a lot in my clinic with good results. However, itís worth remembering that the baby is a little person and will come when itís ready. We can gentle push them along naturally with acupuncture but we canít shove them. Western medicineís system of induction is more like shoving.
A review published in 2009 looked at the existing scientific evidence on the potential role of acupuncture for induction of labor during pregnancy. All of the studies demonstrated labor induction by acupuncture treatment. The reviewers concluded that the existing studies suggest that acupuncture may be beneficial in labour induction.