~ Karen Nunley, L.Ac.
I was huge, overdue, and well, you guessed it. Pregnant and over 40 weeks.Desperately searching for ‘natural alternatives’ to help induce labor (i.e get things goings, help things along) I remember I had spoken to Karen at a health fair my company was holding a few months ago. Karen explained that acupuncture could help induce labor naturally as well as relax the body.
Well there I was, 40 weeks and no baby yet. So I called Karen up to get more information and schedule an appointment. They say if your body is ‘ready’ for labor, acupuncture can help ‘get things going’. What did I have to lose?
It was either try natural alternatives or be induced via drugs at the hospital. In essence, I was trying to beat the ‘eviction notice’ my doctor had set for me.
I had never done acupuncture before, but I decided to give it a whirl. Karen was very informative and caring. The session was actually very relaxing and calming. After the 1st session I was told if ‘labor’ were to occur, it would happen within 36 hours. 36 hours later, nothing.
I went again a couple of days later, still pretty skeptical, but again with the mentality that I had nothing to lose and if anything it would be a nice 1 hour relaxation session.
By the next day, late at night I went into labor.
I can’t say that acupuncture ‘did the trick’ nor can I say getting acupuncture is a sure fire way to induce labor, but I will day that trying acupuncture out was a great experience. It may or may not have helped things along. I choose to believe it ‘did help’. Karen is also a great acupuncturist and knows what she is doing.
Karen E. Nunley
Healing Acupuncture Center
8705 Shoal Creek Blvd. #113
Austin, TX 78757
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