(3) Rub Ciliao/Bladder 32. This pressure point lies on the lower back, between the back dimples and the lumbar spine. It is used for inducing labor, easing pain during labor, and helping the baby descend.
To locate this point, have the pregnant woman kneel on the floor or a bed. Drag your fingers down alongside the spine until you feel two small bony hollows (one on either side of the spine). These hollows will be between the dimples and spine - but not the dimples themselves.
Press your knuckles or thumbs into the BL32 pressure point for constant, steady pressure or rub in a circular motion.
If you cannot find the hollow, measure the length of the pregnant woman's index finger. BL32 lies approximately the length of index finger above the top of the buttock crease, approximately one thumb width to the side of the spine.
Step 3 of 3: Using Foot and Ankle Pressure Points
(1) Use Sanyinjiao/Spleen 6. This pressure point is located on the lower leg, just above the ankle bone. SP6 is believed to stretch the cervix and strengthen weak contractions.This point should be used with caution.
Locate the ankle bone. Place three fingers above the shin bone. Slide your fingers just off the shin bone towards the back of the leg. There will be a tender place just behind the shin. This spot is very sensitive in pregnant women.
Rub in circles or apply pressure for 10 minutes, or until you have a contraction. Resume applying pressure after the contraction passes.
(2) Try Kunlun/Bladder 60. This pressure point is considered helpful if your baby hasn't dropped yet.It is located on the ankle.
Find the spot between the ankle bone and the Achilles tendon. Press into the skin with your thumb and apply pressure or rub in a circle.
This spot is frequently used during the first stage of labor, when the baby hasn't descended yet.
BL60 is thought to increase circulation and relieve pain.
(3) Stimulate ZhiYin/Bladder 67. This point is located in your pinky toe. It is thought to help induce labor and reposition breech babies.
Take the pregnant woman's foot in hand. Use your fingernail to apply pressure to the tip of the pinky toe, right under the toenail.
(4) Consult your doctor or midwife if you have questions. If you are worried about the safety of you and your baby, why you have not delivered yet, or just acupressure in general, contact your obstetrician, midwife, or doula. They can answer your questions and address your concerns.
If you want to find out more about acupressure during pregnancy, find a licensed acupressurist. Schedule a visit and find out more to see if it is for you.
You can apply pressure to the LI4 and SP6 pressure points on your own body, or you can have a friend or birth coach use these techniques.
Some suggest working multiple pressure points simultaneously or in succession. For example, use the LI4 pressure point on the person's left hand and apply pressure on the SP6 on the opposite leg. Take a break after a few minutes and switch to the opposite hand and leg. You can also add BL32 into the rotation with LI4 and SP6.
You can apply pressure on these spots for several seconds up to several minutes.
Every woman is different with different comfort thresholds for these pressure points. Apply the pressure for as long as you feel comfortable.
Time contractions to determine if they are coming at regular intervals. Use a stopwatch to record when each contraction begins and ends. The duration of a contraction is the time between when 1 contraction begins and ends, while the frequency is the time between when the first contraction begins and a new contraction starts.
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