Reflexology is one of the safest, most supportive therapies for pregnant women.** It is excellent during pregnancy and birth, both for the mother and her baby. Research shows that regular Reflexology treatments during pregnancy can improve the chances of a shorter, less intense labour and improve recovery time (study compiled at a hospital in England in 2014 verify this). Alongside these benefits, both mother and baby tend to be calmer and more relaxed, which can enhance bonding and breastfeeding.
During pregnancy, Reflexology may help with the relief of many common complaints – please see a study by leading obstetrician Dr Gowri, on how reflexology can help:
** Reflexology is safe throughout the whole of pregnancy and Joanna is qualified to treat within the first 13 weeks (please ensure you see a maternity reflexologist if having a treatment at this time). Pregnancy conditions and circumstance where reflexology is contraindicated include a history of miscarriage, pre-term labour and, if you are 32 weeks or more into pregnancy, placenta praevia (low-lying placenta) and hydroamnios (excess amniotic fluid around the baby). If in any doubt, please speak to your consultant before any treatment.
Reflexology to bring on labour:
If you’re overdue, or worried about being overdue, bear in mind that Reflexology can’t be used as a quick-fix last resort, before medical induction. A one-off treatment won’t generally be enough – it’s not magic and the body has to have time to adapt, so ideally all pregnant women should see a Reflexologist at least eight weeks before their due date if possible.