Pregnancy

Maternity reflexology is aimed specifically at women during pre-conception, pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period. It is a gentle non-invasive therapy and is generally considered safe in pregnancy, provided all is well (low-risk pregnancy). Treatments are tailored to individual needs and may enhance the feeling of well-being. Being able to support people through their conception journey, pregnancy and beyond with reflexology is a wonderful experience and one that we should feel honoured to be a part of.

During pregnancy, your body will go through significant changes; these changes will affect the emotional, hormonal and physiological balance of your body. Reflexology can help to alleviate or prevent discomfort arising from this imbalance and restore the body’s equilibrium. There is anecdotal evidence to suggest that reflexology can help to bring on labour, providing both mother and baby are ready.

Your reflexologist needs to know you are pregnant as this will change the way in which the session is approached.

Reflexology is safe and effective during pregnancy. It is, however, not recommended if there is a history of premature labour, severe hypertension, placenta previa or recent vaginal bleeding. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy, it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.

Pre-conception
Reflexology is an excellent therapy for both men and women to receive when preparing to conceive a baby.

This can be an exciting time but for others it may bring added stress and pressure when pregnancy does not occur when expected. Reducing stress and encouraging deep relaxation will be the main aim of the treatment and again ensuring your endocrine and reproductive systems are working to their optimum level.

The main aim of reflexology during the preconception stage is to achieve a natural state of balance physically and emotionally. It will also create a sense of calm and reduce any stress or fears. This in turn may improve energy levels and allow the body’s own natural healing abilities cope better with any fertility issues you may have been diagnosed with.  Stimulating circulation, detoxifying, balancing hormones are all part of the reflexology process. A course of reflexology will essentially be a supportive therapy to help you cope better emotionally and physically before and during fertility treatment.

Is reflexology safe for my baby and me?
Reflexology is safe and effective during pregnancy and has a calming and relaxing effect on both mother and baby. It is, however, not recommended if there is a history of premature labour, severe hypertension, placenta previa or recent vaginal bleeding. If you suspect any problems in your pregnancy it is important to contact your doctor or midwife.

Labour induction
I usually recommended that clients who wish to use reflexology for this purpose begin their reflexology sessions at least 6 weeks prior to their estimated due date (at around 34 weeks), although this is not essential.

After an estimated due date, I usually use a combination of acupressure, acupuncture and reflexology techniques with firm pressure to assist the body in naturally releasing oxytocin which may bring on natural labour.

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Conditions that may be assisted by reflexology…
During pregnancy:

  • stress and anxiety
  • heartburn
  • backache
  • nausea and vomiting
  • high blood pressure
  • oedema (swelling of feet)
  • ligament and groin pain
  • symphysis pubis dysfunction
  • sciatica
  • constipation
  • cystitis
  • insomnia and sleep problems
Postnatal:

  • inadequate lactation
  • engorged breasts
  • constipation
  • backache
  • stress and anxiety
  • sleep
  • postnatal depression
  • increase in energy levels
  • urine retention