What is Pregnancy Reflexology?
Relaxation is the antidote to stress. Many women find that pregnancy in addition to their normal day to day activities can put them under pressure. Reflexology throughout pregnancy is appropriate for relaxation and stress reduction.
During pregnancy, reflexology has been shown to be a great help at easing the nasty niggles that mums-to-be suffer. It’s believed to help balance the hormonal and emotional rollercoaster that pregnancy creates and can ease anxiety symptoms. Alongside the emotional benefits, it can also help with many of the physical effects of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, digestive problems, heartburn, anaemia and general aches and pains.
Preparing for birth can commence from day one. A positive outlook can create a positive outcome. As the pregnancy advances towards the end of the 3rd trimester expectant mothers will experience Braxton Hicks contractions as the uterus prepares for labour. The placenta is now releasing further hormones to prepare for breastfeeding after delivery and the cervix is continuing to soften. Reflexology during this phase continues to support the mother through these changes and towards the commencement of labour.
Throughout pregnancy a maternity reflexologist can support the mother to maintain health.
Regular treatments and aftercare advice can help the mother cope with many physical or emotional burdens she may be carrying.
Most therapists will not practice on mums-to-be in the first trimester of their pregnancy. As this is the time when the risk of miscarriage is highest, most natural therapists prefer to wait until the pregnancy is settled into the safer zones from the second trimester onward. If you have been attending one of our fertility reflexologists please have a talk with them about your pregnancy treatment plan.
The benefits of Pregnancy Reflexology:
- Supporting you to be healthy and as relaxed as possible.
- Eases heartburn.
- Helps with lymphatic drainage for fluid retention.
- Helps with sinus congestion.
- Helps to prepare the mind and the body for labour.
- Leads to better sleep and more energy.
- Helps with constipation and other digestive issues.
- Creates a safe space for you to talk freely about how you are getting on.