Maternity Reflexology (Pregnancy Reflexology)
Maternity Reflexology or Reflexology for Pregnancy can help offer some relief from the symptoms of pregnancy as well as allow you to have some time to yourself to rest. Pregnancy can be a tiring and stressful time especially if you’ve got a very busy life too. Sometimes what your body needs the most is to have an hour or so off where all you have to do is relax! As a mum myself I can empathise with this.
When can I have Maternity Reflexology? Do I need to wait until 13+ weeks?
I have completed a Maternity Pregnancy course as well as a Reflexology for Pregnancy and Birth course and am insured to treat throughout pregnancy. However I do understand that you might wish to wait until 13+ weeks before having your first treatment. Some pregnancies can naturally come to an end especially during the first 12 weeks of Pregnancy, so this would need to be a consideration. So the answer is you don’t have to wait until 13+ weeks but you may choose to do so!
What can Maternity Reflexology be helpful for?
Benefits of Maternity Reflexology can include
- Helping to ease morning sickness
- Helping reduce heartburn
- Reducing Anxiety
- Lifting low mood
- Reducing back tension
- Improving sense of wellbeing
- Improving sleep patterns
- Giving you a little time for yourself
- Reducing stress
- Helping relieve constipation
How often should I have Maternity Reflexology?
Initially once every 3-4 weeks, then towards the end of pregnancy once or twice a week . But it is entirely up to you, this is just a guide and will depend on your pregnancy, your schedule and your budget.
Having regular treatments can help you feel calmer and less stressed and thus more able to cope with everything else. They also have a cumulative effect so having regular treatments works better than having a one-off treatment.
Is Reflexology safe in pregnancy?
Generally speaking it is thought that Reflexology is fairly safe in pregnancy especially where there are no complications, no history of recurrent miscarriage and where the pregnancy is not thought to be high risk. But of course you will need to consider your own approach to the risks/benefits.
If your pregnancy is progressing well then there should be minimal risk from having reflexology during pregnancy.
Will I need a note from my Midwife or Obstetrician?
If your pregnancy is classed as high risk or you have had bleeding during pregnancy or have any complications I will need to get a note from your Obstetrician or Midwife to say that they are happy for me to proceed. In some circumstances it may not be possible to offer you a reflexology treatment. If your pregnancy is progressing well with little or no complications then mentioning the fact you’re having Reflexology to your midwife will be enough.
Can Reflexology help me turn a breech baby?
The simple answer is that reflexology can help you to relax and being relaxed can help provide the uterus the right environment to help the baby be able to turn him/herself, but there’s no guarantee what your baby will do, so it would be unfair to say that it definitely can turn a breech baby. Here is an interesting article on turning breeched babies
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Can Reflexology start labour?
Again, reflexology can help you to create a relaxed environment and babies seem to like to be born into a relaxed environment. Babies tend to be a bit like buses, they will come along when they feel like it.
Reflexology Priming for labour Sequence
There are specific acupressure points on the feet and ankles that are thought to help spark off labour but again it would be unfair to say that reflexology can start labour. A baby will only come when it’s ready.
I’ve had a Caesarean, when can I have a reflexology treatment?
Normally you can have a reflexology treatment once you have been signed back to the care of your GP, unless you have written consent from your consultant.