Pregnancy Treatment in Tonbridge


The Mind Body Clinic offers a range of both post and ante natal treatments to help mums and mums-to-be on their motherhood journey.

Antenatal massage

Antenatal or Prenatal massage has many benefits. Studies have shown that massage therapy performed during pregnancy has positive affects both physiologically and psychologically. Massage during pregnancy can relieve muscle aches and joint pains, improve circulation, reduce swelling (oedema) improve labour outcomes and also new-born health. It also helps to reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression and help to prepare the expectant mother for the birth of her baby. It is advised to wait until you are 12 weeks pregnant before arranging your first antenatal massage and check with your midwife and doctors that you don’t have any contraindications to massage therapy.

Postnatal massage

Postnatal massage can be as important and beneficial as massage during pregnancy, as with antenatal massage, it will help with relaxation, stress reduction, pain relief as well as hormone regulation, reduction of swelling and also help to improve and promote a higher quality of sleep. Has also been shown to improve breastfeeding.

All our practitioners have completed specialist qualifications in antenatal and postnatal massage and are happy to discuss any questions or concerns you may have.

Fertility

The Mind Body Clinic’s acupuncturist (Kam Winchester, Lic. Ac. MBAcC.) and nutritional therapist (Elisabeth Houston Dip BCNH, mBANT, CNHC) run a fertility program at the clinic, designed to assist with conception. The program can be used in conjunction with other therapies (such as IVF) or as an alternative standalone approach.

Good nutrition is vital for couples wishing to conceive. What you eat and put into your body will have a direct effect on egg and sperm health, and impact the developing embryo. In short, the healthier your diet and lifestyle the better chances you have of a successful pregnancy. Elizabeth will advise on the foods and nutrients that can help boost fertility.

Acupuncture, massage and relaxation increases blood flow to the uterus and helps balance the hormones during IVF. Kam has had excellent results in deploying acupuncture in conjunction with IVF treatments to increase the chances of successful pregnancy.

The Mind Body Clinic offers a fertility program for £500, which includes 5 acupuncture treatments and 5 nutritional therapy consultations.

Psychological Therapy during pre and post-natal period

At The Mind Body Clinic we have a Clinical Psychologist who specialises in working with women, their partners and family during pregnancy and after their baby is born who are experiencing emotional distress, difficultly adjusting to their new role as a parent or mental health difficulties. Dr Charlotte Cousins has gained experience of working with this client group during her training and subsequent clinical experience within the NHS. Dr Cousins has also undertaken specialist training in clinical psychological practice in the perinatal period. Furthermore, her PhD research looked at the process of forming a relationship between mother and child in interracial families.
Some of the reasons why parents to be, parents and their family may come to see Dr Charlotte Cousins include:

  • Difficulty adjusting to becoming a parent, including during pregnancy
  • Preparation for birth, particularly after a previously traumatic birth
  • Difficulties with family life, including helping children adjusting to the introduction of a new sibling
  • Mental health difficulties during pregnancy and the early years of their child’s life
  • Difficulties in bonding and attachment with their baby

Whilst pregnancy and the process of adjusting to having a baby can be a time of great joy for mothers, partners and their family it can also be a time of real difficulty and challenges.

It is estimated that up to one in five women and one in ten men are affected by mental health problems during pregnancy and the year after the birth of their baby. For some people having a baby can exacerbate existing or previous mental health difficulties, and for others they find themselves experiencing mental health difficulties for the first time in their life. The process of preparing to become a parent can also bring up painful memories and experiences from your own childhood, which can lead to emotional difficulties.

If you think you could benefit from psychological therapy or would like to have an informal discussion about whether psychological therapy with Dr Cousins could be helpful please contact the clinic.

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Acupuncture

Many conditions which routinely comes up during pregnancy would benefit from a natural solution. Acupuncture, in our clinic is provided by a trained practitioner Kam who is registered with BAcC.

Acupuncture can provide relief for a range of pregnancy-related conditions:

• Morning sickness
• High/low blood pressure
• Anxiety
• Tiredness
• Constipation
• Tender breasts
• Migraine and other headaches
• Back ache
• Pelvic pain (Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction)
• Varicose vein

An ancient technique to acupuncture called moxibustion has been used for many centuries to turn breech babies. A herb called moxa is ‘compacted’ into a cigar shaped stick, one end of which is lit and it’s slowly smoldered directly above an acupuncture point this could help turning of breech babies.

Acupuncture can be used to help to induce labour in overdue pregnancies and after birth can be used by new mothers to increase energy levels, to promote healing and to combat the after birth experience. It also is very helpful in treating mastitis.

Acupuncture is very safe to have during pregnancy and is an effective option at a time when many women choose to avoid taking medicine for minor ailments.

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