Reflexology during pregnancy is a perfectly safe and non invasive treatment to use as long as the pregnancy is stable and healthy. Reflexology is recommended by midwives and Doctors at the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street in Dublin.
It is important to dispel some of the myths surrounding Reflexology and pregnancy. Sadly, miscarriage is common in early pregnancy with approx. 1 in 5 pregnancies ending in a miscarriage. Reflexology cannot interfere with the viability of the pregnancy and can do no harm to mom or to baby, As the NRRI state “it is very difficult if not impossible to cause a miscarriage in a stable pregnancy by having a reflexology treatment”. Reflexology doesn’t interrupt a pregnancy and it can’t start a labour (induction).
Normally as a precaution, reflexologists will avoid working on the reproductive system reflexes for the first 3 months of the pregnancy. During this trimester treatments will be gentle in touch with a focus on relaxation. It’s important to let your reflexologist know if you are pregnant or suspect that you may be pregnant.
What Reflexology can do is;
- Encourage mom to relax by provide a safe and relaxing environment away from daily distractions and anxious thoughts, it’s a great opportunity to connect back to your body and baby and start using your GentleBirth App
- Helps to normalise the functions of the body
- Bring the body into a state of balance
- Balance the endocrine system which is very important for pregnancy
The Benefits of Reflexology during pregnancy are;
- Help to reduce morning sickness, all day sickness and vomiting.
- Helps to relieve digestive issues such as; heartburn, indigestion, constipation and haemorrhoids.
- Helps with low back pain, labour sciatica and sympysis pubis diastasis (SPD).
- Helps to prepare your body and mind for arrival of baby.
- Balances the body systems, especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process. I.e increase oxytocin and decrease cortisol and adrenaline.
- During labour Reflexology can be used to boost energy levels and encourage relaxation during contractions.
- It can help with pain control by stimulating the production of endorphines (the body’s happy hormones).
- Can reduce the length of labour with regular treatments.
- Using reflexology after labour can promote healing of episiotomies, encourage breast milk production and can help relieve urinary retention.
Regular treatments can help mom to cope better during pregnancy and also helps her to prepare mentally and physically for labour and the new arrival.
There are a number of pregnancy related conditions where Reflexology would not be recommended, These include:
- Threatened miscarriage/ unstable pregnancy
- Any vaginal bleeding
- History of spontaneous miscarriage
- History of blood clotting / Warfarin
- Unstable diabetes
- Deep vein thrombosis
- Placenta praevia
- Placental separation
A full consultation will be carried out before any treatment to rule out any of the above conditions and to get an overall picture of your current health.
As a registered reflexologist with NRRI you maybe able to claim back on your private health insurance for maternity reflexology treatments, amounts depend on your level of cover so please consult your insurance provider.
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