Bringing a new life into the world is an incredible journey, one that requires careful preparation and nurturing of both body and mind. As expectant parents, it’s natural to want to ensure the best possible start for your baby, and a vital aspect of this preparation lies in readying your body for the birthing process itself. In this guide, we’ll explore a holistic approach to preparing for birth.

Acupuncture and Massage Therapy: Nurturing Body and Spirit

Receiving regular acupuncture and massage treatments during pregnancy can be immensely beneficial for expectant mothers. Not only do these therapies provide physical relief from common discomforts such as back pain, swelling, and fatigue, but they also promote relaxation and emotional well-being. Acupuncture has been shown to help prepare the body for birth by balancing energy flow and stimulating certain points that may assist in labor initiation. Similarly, massage therapy can help release tension, improve circulation, and encourage optimal positioning of the baby for birth. Read more about Labor Prep Acupuncture here


Acupressure Techniques

Utilize these acupressure techniques to stimulate specific points on the body to support labor and ease discomfort. Start by applying pressure to the “Spleen 6” point, located above the inner ankle to promote uterine contractions and relieve pain. Apply gentle pressure to the “GB 21” point, located at the highest point of the shoulder muscle, to help promote uterine contractions and relieve tension. Similarly, stimulating the “LI 4” point, located between the thumb and index finger, may help alleviate pain and encourage relaxation during labor. Another commonly used point is Bladder 32 (BL 32), located in the sacral region, which may help relieve back pain and encourage pelvic alignment. Acupressure tips: Once you locate the point, hold the pressure for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until you feel a dull ache or warmth in the area. Release the pressure slowly and repeat the process several times, as needed. A word of caution: These points are meant to be helpful as you prepare for labor and delivery. using them too soon is greatly discouraged. t’s generally safe to start using these acupressure points around the 37th week of pregnancy, as this is considered full-term and the baby is more likely to be ready for labor. However, it’s essential to consult with your healthcare provider (Acupuncturist, ObGyn, Doula) before beginning, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns about your pregnancy.


Harnessing the Power of Essential Oils

Essential oils offer a natural and aromatic way to support the body during pregnancy and childbirth. When used mindfully and safely, certain oils can aid relaxation, alleviate nausea, and promote a sense of calm. Lavender, chamomile, and frankincense are popular choices for their soothing properties, while peppermint can help relieve discomfort and fatigue.

As you prepare for the miracle of childbirth, harnessing the power of essential oils can greatly enhance your birthing experience, offering physical comfort, emotional support, and postpartum healing. Let’s delve deeper into the benefits of incorporating essential oils into your birthing plan, including a specialized “Bottom Blend” spray for perineal care and postpartum healing.

  • Valor: A true champion among essential oils, Valor exudes confidence and courage, making it an ideal companion for the journey of birth. Its magical blend is adept at navigating the emotional roller coaster that often accompanies labor. Should fears arise, Valor stands ready to offer solace, helping to restore balance and uplift spirits. Dilute with a carrier oil and massage over the heart, or have your partner wave a cotton pad infused with 2 drops of Valor in front of your facea between contractions for a soothing breath of strength.
  • Lavender: Renowned for its calming properties, lavender provides a gentle embrace during labor. Dilute with a carrier oil for a soothing lower back massage, easing muscle tension and promoting relaxation. Alternatively, diffuse lavender throughout labor to create a serene atmosphere conducive to rest and tranquility.
  • Jasmine & Clary Sage: These potent oils are adept at stimulating the uterus and strengthening contractions. Exercise caution and always dilute them with a carrier oil. Clary sage, in particular, shines in promoting regular contractions and alleviating discomfort. Massage into acupressure points or inhale from a cotton ball to overcome emotional barriers. Note: Avoid use before 40 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Evening Primrose Oil for Perineal Massage and Ripening: Evening primrose oil is renowned for its cervical ripening properties, making it a valuable addition to your prenatal routine. As you approach your due date, consider incorporating evening primrose oil into your perineal massage regimen to help soften and prepare the tissues for childbirth. Gently massage the oil into the perineal area daily, starting around 36 weeks of pregnancy, to promote elasticity and reduce the risk of tearing during labor.
  • Peppermint: Offering a refreshing burst of energy, peppermint is a welcomed ally during moments of fatigue or nausea. Inhale from a cotton pad to invigorate the senses or alleviate queasiness. Additionally, it can provide relief during the transition phase of labor when the cervix is fully dilated.
  • Bergamot: Known for its anxiety-reducing properties, bergamot can help alleviate the tension often associated with labor. Safe for both mother and baby, it offers a soothing aroma that calms the mind and uplifts the spirit.
  • Orange & Geranium: A dynamic duo for pain relief, orange and geranium provide natural comfort during labor. Dilute with a carrier oil or diffuse to ease discomfort, offering relief when pain intensifies.


  • Contraction Helper Blend:

– 25 drops Clary sage

– 10 drops Geranium

– 10 drops Myrrh

– 5 drops Lavender


Combine these essential oils in a 10ml glass rollerball and fill the remainder with fractionated coconut oil or your preferred carrier oil. This blend can offer targeted relief during labor, providing support and comfort when you need it most.

Bottom Blend Spray: A crucial addition to your birthing toolkit, the Bottom Blend spray offers protective care for both mom and baby during childbirth and supports postpartum healing. Combining Helichrysum, Frankincense, and Copaiba in a convenient spray form, this blend provides essential support for the perineal area. The antiseptic properties of Helichrysum act as a liquid bandage, while Frankincense supports wound healing and cellular repair. Copaiba offers nervous system support and aids in reducing skin imperfections, ensuring optimal care for momma’s perineum and baby’s crown (head) during birth.

How to Use Your Bottom Blend Spray:

  1. Prepare the blend by adding 5 drops of Helichrysum, 5 drops of Frankincense, and 5 drops of Copaiba to a 2oz glass bottle.
  2. Fill the remainder of the bottle with a mix of fractionated coconut oil and witch hazel.
  3. When the baby’s head starts to crown, spray or pour the blend directly onto momma’s perineum area as directed by your doctor or midwife. Repeat this process several times during crowning.
  4. Your provider may massage the perineum area for added protection.
  5. This blend can be used instead of mineral oil commonly used in hospitals.
  6. Postpartum, continue using the blend for healing, especially in cases of tearing and stitches. Refill the bottle as needed for ongoing postpartum care.


By incorporating these essential oils and specialized blends into your birthing plan, you can create a nurturing environment that supports your physical and emotional well-being throughout labor and beyond.


Herbal Tea:  Red Raspberry Leaf Tea

Raspberry leaf tea, known for its uterine-toning properties, is often recommended in the later stages of pregnancy to help strengthen and tone the uterus in preparation for labor. Red raspberry leaf tea is thought to help balance hormones and tone the uterus, possibly because it’s high in vitamins A, B, C, and E, along with important minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium.  According to this study, red raspberry leaf tea has been shown to shorten the duration of labor and may reduce the need for medical interventions, such as the need for c-sections, forceps, and vacuum births. I’ve heard anywhere from 3 to 4 cups of tea per day is recommended in the third trimester


Research has shown that women who consume 6 dates per day for 4 weeks prior to their estimated due date are more likely to go into spontaneous labor, have a shorter first stage of labor, and have a higher cervical dilation upon admission to the hospital when compared to women who did not consume any dates. [source] Additionally, eating dates daily in the weeks leading up to childbirth has been associated with shorter labors, reduced postpartum hemorrhage and reduced need for medical interventions. 


Exercise Techniques: Spinning Babies and Inversions

As the due date approaches, incorporating specific exercise techniques can help encourage optimal fetal positioning and prepare the body for birth. Spinning Babies exercises, which involve gentle movements and stretches designed to encourage the baby into an ideal birthing position, can be particularly helpful, especially if the baby is in a breech presentation. Using an exercise ball for pelvic rocking and gentle inversions may also help promote optimal fetal alignment and prepare the pelvis for childbirth.



Squats are one of the best exercises you can do to prepare for labor, as they can create more room for your baby to enter the birth canal. The American Pregnancy Association recommends squatting during labor because it can open your pelvic outlet by 10 percent! Some birthing doulas recommend aiming for 300 squats a day(!) if you want an easier birthing experience. One word of caution: If your baby is breech, you might want to avoid squatting as it could move them down into the birth canal in a non-ideal birthing position.


Cervical Ripening and Relaxation Techniques

Preparing the cervix for labor is another important aspect of birth readiness. Techniques such as gentle cervical massage, evening primrose oil supplementation, and relaxation exercises can help soften and ripen the cervix, making it more receptive to the birthing process. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, visualization, and mindfulness can also help reduce stress and promote a sense of calm and confidence as the due date approaches.


Boosting Oxytocin Levels: The Love Hormone

Oxytocin, often referred to as the “love hormone,” plays a crucial role in childbirth by stimulating uterine contractions and facilitating the bond between mother and baby. There are several natural ways to boost oxytocin levels during pregnancy and labor, including skin-to-skin contact, intimate connection with your partner, nipple stimulation, and practicing relaxation techniques. Cultivating a supportive and loving environment during labor can enhance oxytocin release and contribute to a positive birth experience for both mother and baby.


Meditation Techniques and Positive Affirmations

Cultivating a calm and focused mindset through meditation techniques and positive affirmations can significantly impact your birthing experience. Practice deep breathing exercises to center yourself and connect with your body’s natural rhythms. Visualize a peaceful and empowered birth, affirming your strength and capability to bring your baby into the world. Surround yourself with supportive affirmations that resonate with you, such as “I trust my body’s wisdom,” “I am safe, loved, and supported,” and “Each surge brings me closer to meeting my baby.”



Preparing your body for birth is a holistic endeavor that encompasses physical, emotional, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and childbirth. By incorporating some of these practices (or all) into your prenatal routine, you can nurture your body and spirit in preparation for the transformative journey ahead. Remember to trust in your body’s innate wisdom as you embrace the miracle of birth.

At Health Pointe Jacksonville Acupuncture + Wellness Clinic we specialize in women’s health, holistic fertility, and pregnancy care. We believe in empowering women on their unique journeys to optimal well-being, from preconception through pregnancy and beyond.

As practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we recognize the interconnectedness of body, mind, and spirit in achieving true health and balance. Our clinic is dedicated to providing personalized, holistic care that addresses the root causes of health issues, rather than simply treating symptoms.

Happy journey to motherhood!