Early stages

Research has shown acupuncture to be effective for the treatment of nausea and vomiting. This is very common in the first trimester of pregnancy. For women who have experienced recurrent miscarriages, it can be a valuable support at this most stressful time.

Maintenance

Women experience a number of problems during their pregnancy. This includes back & hip pain, pubic symphysis disorder, heartburn, breech presentation, blood pressure imbalances, low iron levels and other conditions.

Acupuncture can be helpful for maintaining optimum health at this important life changing time. Lifestyle and nutritional advice according to the principles of Chinese medicine form an integral part of the consultation and treatment.

From the fifth month of pregnancy, women can be taught to do daily moxa treatment to support their pregnancy.

Pre-birth preparation

It is recommended that women have regular acupuncture treatment from 37 weeks onwards in order to help them prepare both physically and mentally for a more efficient labour.

Acupressure during labour

Sessions are also offered to women and their birth partners to come to learn about using acupressure during labour. It gives the birth partner a focused role and is stimulating, relaxing and versatile, empowering both the labouring woman and her partner.

For further information, please visit the following web sites:

Acupuncture Childbirth Team, London
The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Childbirth and Pregnancy

I first saw Marian to help with fertility. After just the first treatment I saw an improvement in my cycle as well as a reduction in my period pains. I soon became pregnant and Marian initially supported my pregnancy. I always felt relaxed and more energised after each treatment.

I later developed hydro-nephrosis, where she successfully treated not only my kidneys and the severe pain but also the multiple side effects. On one occasion I literally crawled into a treatment bent over in agonising pain and within two minutes Marian had reduced my pain and enabled me to stand up straight.

The doctors were at a loss as to why I was suffering so much pain and the only options were to ride out the pain or operate on my kidneys. Marian supported my kidneys throughout and I am convinced this is only reason that I did not develop any infections.

Marian is not only an amazing acupuncturist but she also put me at ease and understood and treated my emotional well being.

Towards the end of my pregnancy, Marian provided a birthing acupressure lesson for my partner and me. This proved to be so effective, that it was the only pain relief I needed during labour!

I truly cannot put into words how thankful I am to Marian, I could not have got through my pregnancy without her. As a result of my experience, I am considering switching my studies from nutrition to acupuncture!

Fertility, Pregnancy Support (Hydronephrosis) & Acupressure For Labour - Kate

I initially came to Marian for fertility reasons following a recent miscarriage. I wanted help to recover and to become pregnant again. I knew I had come to the right place; her supportive and gentle approach treats the whole body and includes lifestyle and dietary advice. After seeing her for a few months, my menstrual cycle had regulated and I felt much stronger and calmer. Soon after, I found out I was pregnant again.
Marian treated me throughout pregnancy and addressed the various changes to my body, including varicose veins, disturbed sleep and heartburn. We found out that our baby was breech at 30 weeks and Marian showed me moxibustion techniques to do at home to help turn the baby around. She was an important part of helping me to approach my pregnancy and birth in a calm and relaxed way.
Marian has a deep and instinctive knowledge of the body, my experience was around fertility and pregnancy but she would be my first port of call for anything else that may arise. I would recommend her very highly indeed.

Polycystic Ovaries, Miscarriage & Pregnancy Support - Alice

Marian Fixler was recommended to me by my Reflexologist to help me with my pregnancy problems. I had previously had three miscarriages over a period of five years and at the age of 41 was finding it difficult to conceive. Regular visits to Marian helped me regulate my cycle, improve my general health and rebalance my system. I also found that I was receiving more care and information about my situation than I did from general practitioners, which helped me enormously from a psychological point of view.

During that time I also lost my mother and the acupuncture helped me through the grief I was suffering of the loss of my babies and my mother. One of the biggest hurdles with fertility issues is being able to control the stress involved and while I was also receiving other medical treatments I am convinced they would not have been successful without the help of the acupuncture I received from Marian. Our beautiful baby daughter, Olivia Rose is testament to that.

Recurrent Miscarriages - Nicola

I came to see Marian in the first trimester of pregnancy with my second baby, when I was dealing with on-going nausea and general tiredness. I found the treatments really helped me to manage this period and continued to support me throughout my pregnancy. Marian worked wonders in addressing hip and back pains that I experienced - the treatments completely relieved the pains - so much so that my body felt in better condition than it did before the pregnancy! Marian also effectively treated a breech position of the baby, and the day after my final treatment I started labour naturally (having expected to be induced). My energy levels were also hugely improved, right through to the days before the birth. Marian has a wonderfully calming approach, which, alongside her extensive knowledge and experience in particular relating to pregnancy, was extremely reassuring. I would thoroughly recommend acupuncture with Marian to all women having a baby and more generally. Thank you so much Marian for all your support!

Pregnancy Support & Breech Presentation - Isabel

I used Marian's services for two IVF attempts that were both successful. I enjoyed seeing Marian regularly prior and after the transfer of the embryos and it gave me the feeling that I was giving myself every chance of success. The treatment was also an opportunity to dedicate some time for myself, relax and step back.

Marian used a combination of needles and moxa. I particularly liked the Warm bamboo moxa on the back. I valued the time to discuss the treatment; this complemented the medical advice I received from doctors. I also saw Marian before giving birth and she showed me how to use birth acupressure, which I got my partner to do and was really useful on the day.

IVF & Pregnancy Support & Acupressure For Labour - HS

My little baby daughter was born very shortly after the last time I saw you.  I like to think that our final acupuncture session really did move things along.

I really valued my time with you. I’m more of a pragmatic than a spiritual type so I understood the acupuncture as a method of improving circulation and the varicose veins as traffic jams in my circulation. I felt like I was doing something positive to improve my situation (over and above those detestable tights).  Over the long hot summer my legs had swollen up terribly and I’m sure the acupuncture sessions helped to keep those veins under control. Also, each time before I came to see you, I would pamper myself, shower, shave, put my toddler with a child minder and come and speak to you about me!! That in itself was valuable as I never seem to have time for myself and especially during that long hard pregnancy, those were islands of relaxation that were life saving. I would certainly recommend you to anyone suffering from varicose veins and have very positive memories of the time spent in your clinic.

Pregnancy Support & Varicose Veins - Sharon

I started the pre-birth acupuncture preparation with Marian at 36 weeks. I also did acupuncture during my first pregnancy with my son in Berlin and found it very helpful for a natural birth. Seeing Marian was always a very relaxing experience where I could address concerns and problems which arose at that late stage of my pregnancy and which she treated really well.
Particular helpful were the acupressure points my partner used during labour. Marian gave me a booklet with all the useful points and explained me how to use them during labour. It made a huge impact on coping with pain and allowed me to give birth without any painkillers or medical interventions. The birth of my daughter was a truly magical experience and especially feeling very close to my partner in actively helping me cope with pain made it an even more special experience in my life. I can highly recommend Marians treatment to every expectant mum.

Pre-Birth Preparation & Acupressure in Labour - Stella

The treatments I received for nausea, faintness and low blood pressure throughout my pregnancy were stabilising and invaluable, and as my pregnancy progressed and I developed pelvic girdle pain acupuncture helped in the management of that pain.  Additionally acupuncture and daily moxibustion turned my large breech baby at 37 weeks against all odds given me by my obstetrician.
Thanks for all the treatments!

Pre-Birth Preparation & Acupressure in Labour - Elaine

During my first weeks of pregnancy severe nausea and vomiting started. I received acupuncture before but Marian Fixler is specialised in pregnancy related treatment so I chose her treatment instead. The nausea persisted throughout my whole pregnancy, although the vomiting subsided almost immediately. The treatment had as positive result that I did not have to be admitted in hospital. I could manage the symptoms myself and stayed hydrated enough.

I have had by no means a straightforward pregnancy and I feel that the treatment and support of Marian has made a great difference.

I would recommend Marian's treatment to other pregnant ladies without hesitation and want to thank her for everything she has done for me throughout the last 7 months!

Early Pregnancy Support Including Nausea/vomiting - Josette

Apart from being a lovely personality, Marian's acupuncture treatment proved to be invaluable for me during my pregnancy. All of my pregnancy related conditions, like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, oedema and a posterior baby have found relief and got significantly better after some treatments. I feel that my body is well prepared for labour now. Marian also introduced me and my partner to acupressure for labour, resulting in my partner becoming very confident and involved with a very positive approach towards the birth of our baby.

Thank you very much for all your help, Marian.

Pregnancy Support - Carpal Tunnel Syndrome - Barbara

I came to see Marian in my second trimester after reading about the benefits of acupuncture in pregnancy. I was struggling with insomnia, hormonal fluctuations and general anxiety over the impending birth and the post partum period. Regardless of how discombobulated I felt going into my appointments, I always left Marian feeling balanced and restored. Subsequently I also slept better the following week until our next session. I not only felt the physical benefits of Marian's acupuncture treatments, but mentally, the treatments helped me to acknowledge, process and release my fears surrounding pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing. Her experience and warm demeanour also always made me feel safe and confident in our sessions together. It is not always easy finding practitioners who take their time understanding their patients from a holistic viewpoint, but it is clear that Marian is passionate about the care she provides and I've since recommended her to my fellow pre and post-natal friends.

Pregnancy Support - Sylvia