Wrist point (PC6)
Some women will use the wrist point when they are experiencing morning sickness, nausea in late pregnancy or vomiting during labour. Wristbands for seasickness work by applying pressure to this point (and can be worn during pregnancy or throughout the labour). These can be purchased from chemists.
The wrist point is on the inside of the arm, about 3 finger widths above the wrist crease, between the tendons. The person measuring the point needs to use the width of the labouring woman's fingers to provide the correct measurement (not the fingers of the partner, support person or care giver). This point is known as 'PC6'.
Pressure is placed on the point firmly, usually until the woman feels some relief, or effect. It may be up to five minutes, before it is effective. Most women will repeat pressure on the point when necessary, either to both wrists, or just one.
Image 4-11 shows the exact position of the wrist point.
Image 4-12 shows pressure being applied to the wrist point.
Last revised: Tuesday, 20 November 2012
This article contains general information only and is not intended to replace advice from a qualified health professional.