Preparing for pregnancy
Before pregnancy or when you are planning to conceive a baby naturally it is essential to increase your chances of conception. A preconceptual programme of 3-4 months having regular sessions weekly, fortnightly or monthly can be very beneficial. We take a look at your diet and lifestyle and work on these area's to ensure you have the best chance of a happy healthy pregnancy.
A miscarriage is a name given to the accidental or spontaneous loss of a developing foetus. Around one in six pregnancies ends in miscarriage, many in the first 12 weeks.
If you are unfortunate to experience a miscarriage you will know how traumatic and difficult it can be. Reflexology can help restore both emotional and physical healing together with support at this much needed time.
Fertility and Reflexology
There can be times when life does not go according to plan and we need help with getting pregnant this can be very stressful. Perhaps you have been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries (PCOS), Endometriosis or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) Reflexology can be of great benefit and can help stimulate and stabilize the hormonal system whilst encouraging a normal cycle. Reflexology provides a calming effect on the the body & mind and by having regular treatments you may enhance your chances of conceiving.
Maternity Reflexology for Pregnancy
What do you do when you are pregnant?
Reflexology health in pregnancy during this very special and exciting time it is very important for both mum and baby. Some women are able to adjust to the hormonal changes easily.
Reflexology is suitable for minor pregnancy conditions such as nausea, back pain, heartburn, reducing swelling in the feet and ankles, improving sleep quality, and is particularly good at easing stress, anxiety and helping normalise blood pressure as well as many of the aches and pains during pregnancy. It also gives you time to focus on yourself and baby whilst it aims to optimise both your physical and emotional health.
Weekly, fortnightly or monthly appointments are available, even a few sessions can help with stress, anxiety and relaxation.
Can reflexology induce and shorten labour?
Your baby will arrive naturally when it is ready, however working certain points on the feet can help to encourage your body for labour. You are unlikely to go into labour straight away but some mum's to be find that they go naturally into labour within 24 to 48 hours. Reflexology will support the body and promote relaxation at a time when maybe you start to feel a little anxious.
This study showed how reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour and reduced the length of the first stage of labour.Valiani M et al (2010) Reviewing the effect of reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women, Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research 15 Dec p302-31
Research has shown that reflexology throughout pregnancy can help to speed up and shorten labour, by Dr Gowri Motha - " The Gentle Birth Method".
After pregnancy you may be suffering with a change or drop in your hormones, experiencing exhaustion and a lack of sleep. Or maybe recovering from a difficult labour, or feeling totally overwhelmed especially if its your first baby. Reflexology is a deeply relaxing and calming that can help restore your emotions, sleep patterns, and help with breastfeeding. It also very important to look after yourself, whilst giving you some valuable time to yourself.