Antenatal Acupuncture

Antenatal Acupuncture in Sheffield

Our WomanKind Antenatal Acupuncture clinic at Katie Bell Physiotherapy in Sheffield is tailored to help women throughout the second and third trimester of pregnancy with pain management. Our specialist Acupuncture Physiotherapists are trained to help and support women throughout their pregnancy.

What is Antenatal Acupuncture?

Antenatal acupuncture is a specialist type of physiotherapy using acupuncture techniques to help manage pain throughout pregnancy. Our qualified Physiotherapists can help to ease pregnancy-related aches and pains, dysfunctions, anxiety, and fatigue.

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Opening Hours:

Monday – Thursday: 8am-8pm
Friday: 8am-5:30pm
Saturday – Sunday: Closed

Who is Antenatal Acupuncture for?

Antenatal Acupuncture is suitable for women in the second and third trimester of their pregnancies. 

However, before booking your Antenatal Acupuncture appointment, we recommend that you speak with your pregnancy consultant to ensure you are safe to go ahead with the appointment. 

This is particularly important if you have a bleeding disorder, such as haemophilia.

Pregnant woman

How Can Antenatal Acupuncture Help?

Antenatal Acupuncture can help with a range of symptoms typically experienced throughout pregnancy as well as some mental health problems.

Examples of symptoms that antenatal acupuncture can help include: 

  • Back pain and Sciatica
  • Pelvic pain
  • Neck pain
  • Pelvic floor pain
  • Bladder and bowel dysfunction
  • Carpal tunnel symptoms

Other symptoms include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia and Fatigue 

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What to expect from Antenatal Acupuncture?

At your first Antenatal Acupuncture appointment, we will assess your condition and diagnose the catalyst of your pain or dysfunction. From there we will discuss how acupuncture techniques can benefit your symptoms and design a tailored plan for your specific concerns. 

Your initial acupuncture session will be shorter than usual at around 20 minutes long to allow our specialised acupuncture therapists to gauge your tolerance to pain and needles, as well as whether this treatment is right for you. 

This will also give you an idea of what acupuncture is like and what to expect from future sessions. If you are comfortable and happy with your first session, upon agreement with the specialist physiotherapist,, your appointment can be extended going forwards.

During your acupuncture appointment, needles are inserted into the area of your body relating to your symptoms and pain as well as other areas of your body such as hands and feet which simultaneously have positive effects on the rest of your body. 

For your appointment, It would be helpful if you could dress in clothing with easy access to the areas where you have symptoms. For example if you are struggling with neck pain, wearing a vest top and having your hair tied up would be ideal.

Postnatal Acupuncture

Our WomanKind Postnatal Acupuncture service at Katie Bell Physiotherapy supports women through their postnatal recovery with a treatment plan tailored towards individual conditions and concerns. Our specialist Women’s Health Physiotherapists are here to help you get back to your best, both mentally and physically. Our qualified Physiotherapists can help to ease pregnancy-related aches and pains, dysfunctions, anxiety, and fatigue.

Check out our Postnatal Acupuncture service here


Meet our team

Our antenatal acupuncture services are carried out by…

Women's Health Physiotherapist Sheffield

Emily Elgar

Emily is our Pelvic Health Clinical Specialist and Clinical Lead. She has over 10 years’ experience working in Pelvic Health (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), across a range of settings from a large teaching hospital, to remote community clinics. 

Emily has been with the Katie Bell team right from the start, and has since expanded her skills to include acupuncture, myofascial release, and professional coaching alongside classical pelvic health skills which reflects her combined approach to physiotherapy.

“I love not only helping women find the practical solutions to their pelvic and obstetric health challenges, but also helping them find their unique recipe for wellness. So often in clinic I hear that patients didn’t realise there was so much they could do to impact their symptoms. When a women comes in having taken control of their health they change in everyway. I love when she tells you about how she is physically better and feels it, but then talks about all the ways she understands her body more. There’s a lot of power in that, not just the one fix but embracing your health for life.”


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