Pregnancy reflexology is a wonderful way to support pregnant women, helping them to maintain a balance during the rapid physical changes experienced during pregnancy. When reflexology is started early in pregnancy it may help to improve your overall well being and in the latter stages it may help your body to prepare for a natural birth by promoting deep physical and mental relaxation. Many pregnancy-related conditions may respond well to reflexology such as:
- Mood swings
- Morning sickness
Some clients find it beneficial to start reflexology treatments early on in their pregnancy and continue throughout, others choose to come during their third trimester with a view to helping them prepare for birth.
Is Reflexology Safe During Pregnancy?
Reflexology performed by a properly trained reflexologist is completely safe throughout pregnancy. Some women may choose not to have reflexology during the first trimester, but there is no research evidence to suggest that reflexology can cause any problems during pregnancy.
A very small number of pregnancy related conditions are conta-indicated, however prior to your initial reflexology treatment I will carry out a health and well being consultation and will advise accordingly. In some cases I may ask you to obtain permission from your midwife or GP before carrying out the reflexology treatment.
I sometimes receive calls from clients whose babies are over due and who want to avoid being medically induced. Anecdotal evidence from these clients post-birth suggests that reflexology may help, but according to the Association Of Reflexologists guidelines, it is more beneficial if you have had at least two treatments in the weeks leading up to your due date. It is also important to check that your midwife is happy for you to have reflexology at this stage. Most midwives are very supportive of reflexology and some have trained as reflexologists themselves.