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Pregnancy Support

The joy a women experience’s when she finds out she is pregnant is like no other.

The symptoms that can accompany pregnancy are also like no other. Acupuncture, Naturopathy and Massage maybe able to help through pregnancy.

No matter the Stage of your pregnancy, Essence of Health is a multidisciplinary clinic offering a wide range of treatment modalities that may support you…every step of the way.

Essence of health offers Acupuncture, Nutritional Medicine and the incorporation of Naturopathy to pregnant women, to give them the highest level of personalised care. We also suggest looking at Lifestyle, diet and supplementation as part of an ongoing service to ensure optimal health and nutrition in the lead up to and during your pregnancy.

Our clinical acupuncturists have a particular interest in supporting patients throughout their entire pregnancy and may be able to help pregnant women with:

  • Pregnancy related musculoskeletal pains
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Digestive support
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Stress and anxiety related symptoms
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Preparation of natural labour
PREGNANCY SUPPORT

Acupuncture and Massage may help a woman relax and encourage the natural onset of labour.

Pregnancy Massage is start at any stage of the pregnancy, as the massage is adjusted based on your needs and what stage of the pregnancy you are at. Preparation treatments are commenced from 34-35 weeks and are aimed at helping with relaxing any tension and improving joint mobility. This along with acupuncture may provide the opportunity for the baby to move into the correct position and preparing the physical body for the induction process. An important focus of Acupuncture & Massage is not only to prepare the body physically but to also support the nervous system ensures that mentally and emotionally the body has the potential of remaining relaxed and calm throughout the birthing process.

Aside from focusing on the Labour preparation, there are many other potential benefits that massage may provide at any stage of pregnancy and include:

  • Reduce pain, tension and distress in the lower back, neck, legs and sciatic region.
  • Reduce fluid retention ‘odema’
  • Help relieve tension headaches, caused by neck and shoulder stiffness
  • Improve circulation, by stimulating blood flow
  • Increases energy and a reduced sense of fatigue
  • Brings about a deep relaxation, and can work well in conjunction with mums wanting to use hypnobirthing
  • Relief of the everyday discomforts of pregnancy such as back pain, joint pain, neck pain, headaches, pelvic pain, and leg cramps, by targeting specific trigger points and muscle tension
  • Reduces excess fluid retention which generally manifests as swelling in the hands and ankles
  • Reduced sciatica pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep from being more relaxed, reduced muscle tension and feeling less uncomfortable.

A greater sense of relaxation which may lead to the  improvement in the progression of labour.

LABOUR-PREPARATION

Sandra is a highly regarded Acupuncturist, who has been working with Flinders Birthing Centre and Women’s and Children’s Birthing Centre patients in conjunction with their midwives to help in supporting natural labour preparation and induction.

Sandra has a special interest and focus in IVF, Fertility and Pregnancy and is able to assist her patients in the final stages with natural labour induction treatment points using acupuncture.

As a mother herself, Sandra also understands the importance and need to provide ongoing treatment and support for post natal recovery and hormone balancing for women.

LABOUR INDUCTION

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs may be able to help support new mothers struggling with breastfeeding due to insufficient lactation. This can be a stressful time for some woman, and Acupuncture treatment supports the relaxation of the nervous system to assist alongside with the postnatal treatment.

There are many other potential benefits that acupuncture may provide and include:

  • Reduce pain, tension and distress in the lower back, neck, legs and sciatic region.
  • Reduce fluid retention ‘odema’
  • Help relieve tension headaches, caused by neck and shoulder stiffness
  • Improve circulation, by stimulating blood flow
  • Increases energy and a reduced sense of fatigue
  • Brings about a deep relaxation, and can work well in conjunction with nursing mothers.
  • Improved circulation
  • Improved sleep from being more relaxed, reduced muscle tension and feeling less uncomfortable.
POST NATAL SUPPORT

Phone Consultations with Sandra Sapio

Distance Naturopath consultations are an easy and convenient option for many patients who are wanting advice via phone or online. This option is available to both new patients or existing patients needing a review consultation but cannot access the clinic.

New Patients

Upon making an appointment, you will receive an email with a detailed new patient information form that will ask questions about all the relevant information we will need relating to your health. This allows us as much information as possible about your lifestyle, diet, medications, current and past-history health, procedures or significant health events as well as presenting symptoms.

For IVF patients an additional form is sent out for you to complete which give us details on previous IVF cycles, the medications used and the outcomes with each cycle whether stimulated (fresh) or frozen cycles.

New Patient Naturopath Video Appointments: Click here to book a time
[Cost is $150.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

New Patient-Women’s Health Naturopath Video Appointments: Click here to book a time
[Cost is $120.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

Couples

If you require a joint fertility support consultation for both you and your partner, we also offer a reduced fee for couples. This is a popular option for couples who cannot attend the clinic in person due to working outside normal business hours.

Couples Naturopath Video Appointments for Fertility Support: Click here to book a time
[Cost is $150.00- please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

The treatment comprises of up to an hour split into two sections:

The first part is dedicated to going through your health questionnaire as well as any other relevant information that Sandra may require. It is important at this time for Sandra to get a good understanding of your health goals and how you are feeling not just physically, but also how your health concerns may be impacting you mentally or emotionally.

The second part occurs once the consultation is finished and involves Sandra making a final review of your consultation as well as reviewing relevant blood tests or results and formulating a treatment plan.

Our reception staff will organise all the treatment plan information and send it to you along with any diet or supplement recommendations she may have. Sandra may at times require you to have some additional test she feels would be beneficial, and our staff will email you the forms if necessary Normally we recommend a follow up appointment to monitor your progress and make any necessary changes at that time. Any supplements that are recommended by Sandra can be posted out to you or arranged to be collected at the clinic.

Review Naturopath Consultations [Audio-Video]

A Naturopath review appointment is available for patients as a subsequent review to their initial appointment or existing patients needing a phone consultation to discuss their treatment plan or any changes to their fertility journey.

Reviews cater to either patients needing a standard review of up to 30 min or a short review of up to 15 min.

What’s involved in a review?

Standard Review [30 minutes]

  • Progress checks on your health
  • Modifications to your treatment plan
  • Review of any test results
  • Discuss any new events or factors that could change treatment goals
  • Review physical, mental and emotional well-being and any changes to symptoms
  • Cost is $65.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

Existing Patients Naturopath Standard Review: Click here to book an appointment

Short Review [15 minutes]

This option if for existing naturopath or Acupuncture patients who consult with Sandra on a regular basis and are needing a review based on any changes to their fertility journey, recent blood results, IVF cycle changes. Supplement or dietary changes and question can be included to this review.

Existing Patients Naturopath Short Review: Click here to book an appointment
[Cost is $40.00 – please note, we have reduced the price while our office is closed during COVID-19]

Book a phone consultation with Sandra

PREGNANCY SUPPORT