Complementary or alternative therapies are a growing trend. Indeed, many women using them during preconception, pregnancy, labour, birth and after the baby is born. While some options are safe in pregnancy others are not. This means that it’s important to use complementary therapies with care and consult your midwife or doctor. Complementary therapies may help you achieve a natural pregnancy, avoiding the unnecessary use of synthetic chemicals and medication.
Complementary therapies include natural medicine products such as herbal preparations, nutritional substances, vitamin and mineral tablets. They also include a whole range of therapies such as massage, acupuncture, osteopathy and chiropractic care. Aiming to shift the balance towards health and wellbeing; complementary therapies aim to treat the whole person – mind, body and spirit.
To help you achieve a natural pregnancy we’ve gathered together a range of resources on complementary therapies used during pregnancy, birth and beyond.