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Reflexology During Pregnancy

"If the mother has access to just one type of treatment during pregnancy, the best all-around treatment in pregnancy would be reflexology".

DR GOWRI MOTHA

Regular reflexology during pregnancy can help you to create a calm and peaceful environment for you and your baby and increase the chances of a positive birth, by deeply relaxing the body and mind.

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What happens during a reflexology treatment?

During the treatment I will search for areas in the feet that feel tense or blocked and release them. Treatments include lymphatic drainage techniques to move along any "issues in the tissues" and endocrine balancing to support your emotional and physical health.

With regular treatments you will more easily be able to connect to your divine feminine power, your inner knowing that lies within us all; that your body is designed to give birth to life! This is an extraordinary power and its within all birthing women.

Reflexology in the first trimester (weeks 1-13)

  • Reflexology is a safe, non-invasive therapy during pregnancy. There is no evidence to suggest that reflexology can cause a miscarriage (some women choose to wait until the 2nd trimester simply because a miscarriage is statistically more likely in the first trimester).

  • Reflexology supports you with common pregnancy symptoms like nausea and tiredness.

  • weekly treatments are recommended if you are experiencing ongoing symptoms, otherwise every 2-4 weeks to optimise health and wellness. 

Reflexology in the second trimester (& up to 37 WEEKS)

  • supports your general health & wellbeing as you undergo a myriad of changes. 

  • maintains lower stress levels which is beneficial for you and your baby's long term physical and emotional health.

  • regulates and improves sleep patterns.

  • lymphatic drainage can reduce pregnancy-related oedema as long as there is no pathological cause (pre-eclampsia or high blood pressure).  

Preparation for labour & birth (from weeks 37+)

  • priming the body for birth may help you to have a shorter and easier labour as two recent studies have shown.

  • Reflexology cannot induce labour, as this is a medical procedure but it relaxes the body and mind and releases tension and stress which is what is needed for you to feel safe and ready to birth your baby. 

  • weekly or biweekly treatments.

What the Research says

Two recent studies have shown that regular reflexology during pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1) and improved quality of sleep for postnatal women (2).

Contraindications to Reflexology in pregnancy

The following conditions are contraindicated for pregnancy reflexology:

Pre-eclampsia, pre-term labour, DVT (deep vein thrombosis), placenta praevia (grades II, III or IV and 32 weeks or more), placental abruption, polyhydramnios, oligohydramnios, vaginal bleeding.