Pregnancy Related Issues

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Selected Controlled Trials of Acupuncture on Pregnancy Related Issues

updated January 19, 2011

Nausea and Vomiting during Pregnancy

Acupuncture to treat nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy: a randomized controlled trial.  Birth. 2002 Mar;29(1):1-9.

Effectiveness of auricular acupressure in the treatment of nausea and vomiting in early pregnancy.  J Med Assoc Thai. 2008 Nov;91(11):1633-8.

Labor Pain

Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on acupoints relieves labor pain: a non-randomized controlled study.  Chin J Integr Med. 2010 Jun;16(3):234-8. Epub 2010 Aug 8.

Acupuncture as pain relief during delivery: a randomized controlled trial.  Birth. 2009 Mar;36(1):5-12.

The effects of acupuncture during labour on nulliparous women: a randomised controlled trial.  Aust N Z J Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Feb;47(1):26-30.

Acupuncture treatment during labour–a randomised controlled trial.  BJOG. 2002 Jun;109(6):637-44.

Labor Induction

Acupuncture for the induction of labour: a double-blind randomised controlled study.  BJOG. 2010 Sep;117(10):1255-61. Epub 2010 Jun 24.

Effectiveness of acupuncture for the initiation of labour at term: a pilot randomized controlled trial.  J Obstet Gynaecol Can. 2008 Dec;30(12):1118-23.

Breech Presentation

Moxibustion for breech version: a randomized controlled trial.  Obstet Gynecol. 2009 Nov;114(5):1034-40.

Side-effects of moxibustion for cephalic version of breech presentation.  J Altern Complement Med. 2008 Dec;14(10):1231-3.

Acupuncture plus moxibustion to resolve breech presentation: a randomized controlled study. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2004 Apr;15(4):247-52.

Acupuncture conversion of fetal breech presentation.  Fetal Diagn Ther. 2003 Nov-Dec;18(6):418-21.

Pelvic Pain during or after Pregnancy

Acupuncture as an adjunct to standard treatment for pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women: randomised double-blinded controlled trial comparing acupuncture with non-penetrating sham acupuncture.  BJOG. 2008 Dec;115(13):1655-68. Epub 2008 Oct 15.

Treatments of pelvic girdle pain in pregnant women: adverse effects of standard treatment, acupuncture and stabilising exercises on the pregnancy, mother, delivery and the fetus/neonate.  BMC Complement Altern Med. 2008 Jun 26;8:34.

Regression of pelvic girdle pain after delivery: follow-up of a randomised single blind controlled trial with different treatment modalities.  Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2008;87(2):201-8.

Effects of acupuncture and stabilising exercises as adjunct to standard treatment in pregnant women with pelvic girdle pain: randomised single blind controlled trial.  BMJ. 2005 Apr 2;330(7494):761. Epub 2005 Mar 18.