From the early stages of morning sickness to general discomfort, pregnancy can be a physically and emotionally demanding time. Finding out that you are pregnant can be very exciting but you may also be anxious about a number of issues, such as: the changes your body will go through, concerns about the birth or the impact on your income. All of these, coupled with the physical and hormonal changes that are taking place, may leave you feeling tired and emotionally drained.
Reflexology is safe to use during pregnancy, aiming to optimise the physical and emotional health of pregnant women. It can also provide relief from many of the discomforts associated with pregnancy, such as:
• Morning sickness
• Headaches and migraines
• Stress and anxiety
• Digestive problems e.g. constipation
• Swollen and puffy ankles and legs
• High blood pressure
• Backache and musculoskeletal disorders, such as PGP (pelvic girdle pain), or SPD as it’s also known (symphisis pubis dysfunction)
There is plenty of anecdotal evidence from women who feel they have benefited from reflexology throughout their pregnancy. By receiving a treatment you can take time out to focus just on you and your growing baby.
Research carried out in 1993/94 by consultant obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha showed that first time pregnant mums who received at least nine maternity reflexology treatments during their pregnancy, had far shorter birthing times than those who did not have reflexology. On average, their labours lasted 5-6 hours and they required significantly less pain relief too.
Once your baby is born, life can be hectic: lack of sleep, erratic feeding times and general exhaustion often occur as new routines are established. This is the time when new parents can particularly benefit from reflexology, as it may help to:
• Bring calmness and relaxation
• Boost energy levels by rebalancing the body
• Stabilise body weight
• Aid lactation
• Reduce the incidence of postnatal depression