Reflexology is a very beneficial and safe treatment to use throughout pregnancy. However some clients prefer to wait until after the first twelve weeks have passed to begin treatments.
Having regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy has been shown to have many benefits both for the expectant mother before, during and after labour and also for the newborn baby.
Some of the benefits that have been shown include
- Reduced morning sickness and other nausea and vomiting that continues after the first three months of pregancy. Ireland's National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street recommends reflexology for this.
- Improvements in gastrointestinal problems such as indigestion and constipation.
- Relief from water retention and hemorrhoids.
- Helps the body prepare for labour as it helps to balance all body systems including the endocrine system which plays a huge role in governing the labour process.
- Studies have shown that labour times are often greatly reduced in women who have had regular treatments in the weeks leading up to delivery.
- During labour reflexology can reduce pain by helping the production of the bodies natural pain killers endorphins. It can also help muscles relax between contractions. Partners can easily be shown the areas of the foot to treat.
- After birth reflexology babies tend to be calmer, suffer less colic and usually feed better.
- Post labour treatments promote faster healing and improve milk production.
- Many couples that have fertility issues find reflexology beneficial especially when combined with an overall treatment program.
There are certain contraindications for pregnancy when treatments are not suitable
These are as follows
Eclampsia - Unstable Diabetes - A History of Blood Clots - Deep Vein Thrombosis - Vaginal Bleeding of Any Kind - Threatened Miscarriage - Warfarin Medication - If suffering from a serious underlying health condition or accute illness, please consult your health care practitioner before commencing treatment.