Firstly, congratulations on your pregnancy, what a very special time for you. Pregnancy is a wonderful journey in so many ways, but it can take its toll on our bodies. It is a time when you need to be nurtured and cherished as well as supported in the pregnancy. This is where pregnancy reflexology may prove most beneficial. New mothers increasingly report they believe regular visits to a Maternity Reflexologist, as well as a healthy lifestyle throughout pregnancy, helped them to have not only good labour and birthing but a speedy recovery.
When pregnant our bodies change, hormonal production increases, blood flow increases, ligaments and tendons stretch, bones have to carry additional weight and pressure and our organs are all compressed. All of these changes can cause a host of symptoms such as:
- Back pain
- Pelvic pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tiredness and Fatigue
- Swelling around legs and ankles
- Lowered immune system
When should I have pregnancy reflexology?
Reflexology can begin early in the pregnancy, continuing at regular intervals such as once a month. However, many newly pregnant women prefer to wait until through the first trimester before they begin treatments. Once into the third trimester, treatment frequency usually increases to every two to three weeks. Then as the due date approaches, weekly sessions are usually recommended. During this time I like to encourage clients to consider as natural birthing as possible and to read Ina May Gaskin’s inspiring book “Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth.” For those who are following Gowri Motha’s “Gentle Birth Method” I have also trained with Gowri in her Creative Healing Massage.
Reflexology for Labour and Birth
Whatever type of birthing experience you have, Reflexology aims to put you in the best possible state to cope and make a good recovery. If the pregnancy goes beyond the term, with the permission of the obstetric caregiver, there are techniques that can be used on the feet and hands to try and encourage labour. I also recommend and show you how to use well-established acupressure points for labour preparation and pain relief.
Reflexology for Mother and Newborn
Giving birth is a joyous time but there can also be exhaustion, soreness and mixed emotions. Your body and mind have been subjected to a great deal during the pregnancy and birthing. Reflexology may help restore balance and harmony. A session soon after the birth provides an opportunity to relate your experience and discuss feelings, giving you time for yourself when elsewhere the focus is on the new baby. New mothers can find that Reflexology helps with breastfeeding issues and recovery from the effects of an epidural.