Maternity Reflexology

Maternity ReflexologyReflexology is not only a key tool in helping with conception, it should also be continued during your pregnancy. Your body obviously experiences some huge changes – not only physical but also emotional, hormonal and psychological – and reflexology can help to alleviate the stress of these changes.

Research has also shown that women who have reflexology during their pregnancies are more likely to give birth at full term and have shorter labours that require less pain-relief. Other known benefits of reflexology during pregnancy are:

  • Relief from morning sickness and nausea
  • Relief from sciatic pain and backache
  • Reduction of swelling in ankles and general fluid retention
  • Relief of stress and anxiety
  • Helping to lower high blood pressure
  • Helping with insomnia and lack of sleep
  • Turning a breech baby
  • Preparation for labour

However there are also times when it is not advisable to have reflexology when pregnant. You should avoid it if:

  • You are at risk of pre-eclampsia
  • You have a risk of developing Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • You are likely to have a pre-term labour any time before 37 weeks gestation
  • You have placenta previa after 32 weeks gestation

 

Time to give birth

If you’ve been having regular reflexology treatments throughout your pregnancy, and are still in optimum health, there is no reason why you can’t continue with a treatment when you go into labour. The process of labour takes up a lot of your energy, but you do need to keep as much of that energy as possible for when it comes time to actually give birth.  Having a reflexology treatment can keep you calm and relaxed, as well as help with some of these common conditions associated with labour:

  • Trying to regulate the contractions
  • Helping to clear out the bladder and bowel prior to giving birth
  • Trying to minimise the risk of medical intervention to induce
  • Aiming to help with the pain of the contractions
  • Regulating the body temperature
  • Helping to deliver the placenta

It is probably worthwhile asking the midwife whether you will be allowed to have a reflexologist in the delivery suite alongside your birthing partner.  Treatments can always be carried out in the comfort of your own home (depending on time and location) until you’re required to go into hospital.

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