My Acupuncture Experience

My family is all happily adjusting to life with our new little love. Big brother is soooo full of kisses for Althea, and I’m adoring having two little snugglers ♥  I had several people comment that they were curious about my acupuncture experience, so I thought I’d share the gist of it.

I’ve never had acupuncture before. It was suggested to me from a Mama who had a session when she was overdue, went home, took a nap & woke up in labor. So I thought it was worth a try. I was 8 days overdue. A foot/leg massage had brought on contractions a few days prior & I really felt I was on the verge of labor, just needed a little nudge. I had a vision of huge needles in my mind for some reason, and when I saw how tiny the needles were I relaxed greatly 🙂 They are about 2″ long and very flimsy, wire-like.

I went in at noon, she had me lay on my side & inserted a total of 10 needles in my tailbone, inner ankle & wrists. She left for 15 min while I laid on my side listening to Gregorian chants & feeling an awesome cool breeze come in through the open window. She came back, turned the needles a bit, left for another 15 min while I laid there & relaxed some more, visualizing white light coming in through the top of my head & out the needles. She came back, took them out & I was done. Other than a tiny little poke when she inserted them I didn’t feel a thing, other than relaxed. I went to the food co-op & did one last shopping run as I really felt it would be my last run for awhile, went home & laid on the couch with my toddler for an hour or so, and started feeling a contraction here & there within 2 hours of the appt. Within 4 hours of leaving her office I was having contractions 5 min apart, and within 10 hours of the appt. I delivered my 10# 2 oz. perfect baby girl in 3 pushes.

So, that’s my story. Is it possible it’s a complete coincidence & I would’ve gone into labor regardless of the acupuncture? Of course. But I really, really feel it was the little nudge I needed to relax my body & help me welcome Althea into the world. It won’t work for everyone, but she did tell me she has rarely had to do a follow-up, as it almost always works on the 1st try (this is a very small town, so I know she isn’t inducing overdue Mamas daily or anything, but she said she’s had very good success with it). So, I’m a believer… And finally I want to thank all of you for your thoughts, wishes, kind words. It’s awesome connecting with such an awesome community of kind, caring Mamas (& women, I’m sure some of you aren’t mamas).

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  1. Sammi
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 22:58:00

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