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Pregnancy & post-natal reflexology

Congratulations on your pregnancy! It is one of the most special times in a woman's life.



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However, it is very demanding both physically and emotionally and every woman's experience of pregnancy is different. Reflexology aims to optimise your physical and emotional health so that you can enjoy the best pregnancy and labour possible. Reflexology gives you an hour away from the hustle and bustle of life to focus purely on yourself and your growing baby. It will leave you feeling refreshed and recharged, better able to cope with the pressures of everyday life and the demands of pregnancy.



When can I have reflexology?

Reflexology can be given throughout pregnancy, but I will take a full medical history to make sure it is safe and appropriate to treat you.

There is a lot of anecdotal evidence from women who feel that they have benefited from reflexology through their pregnancy and I am one of them. I had reflexology throughout both my pregnancies and it really helped me to relax and sleep better.



Two recent studies have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain during labour (1), reduced the length of the first stage of labour (1) and improved the quality of sleep in post-natal women (2).



First trimester

During the first trimester there are huge changes in your hormone levels. This, combined with anxieties and concerns about the changes pregnancy and impending parenthood will bring, can leave you feeling a range of emotions – excited, worried, tearful, delighted, exhausted! Maybe all of these at the same time. You may also be feeling the physical effects of pregnancy such as nausea and morning sickness. For me the first three months brought debilitating migraines and evening nausea. These symptoms can make working and / or taking care of your family a real challenge.

My aim is to support you through this time of change and help you relax and de-stress.



Second & third trimesters

In the second and third trimesters most of the discomforts of early pregnancy will have passed. However, as the baby gets bigger you may start to experience other physical symptoms such as backache, heartburn, trouble sleeping and swollen ankles (to name just a few!) You may also feel more stressed or anxious as your due date gets closer.

Reflexology can be used for general well-being or to support you with any symptoms you are having. We can talk through any worries or concerns you may have.

Preparation for labour
You may choose to have more frequent reflexology sessions as your due date approaches. The treatments can help support your body as it prepares for labour. It can also help you relax if you are feeling anxious about the birth.



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Post-natal

Congratulations, you are now a mother! You have been through a lot of changes, both physical and emotional, in the last nine months and now your whole world revolves around this new little person. It takes a while for the body to recover from pregnancy and labour and all this has to be done whilst you are sleep deprived and trying to learn how to take care of your new arrival (if only they came with a manual!). Regular post-natal reflexology can support your recovery, help with sleep problems and give you some much needed relaxation.



References
(1) Valiani M et al (2010). Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research, 15 (Dec), p302-310
(2) Li C-Y et al (2011). Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery, 27, p181-186.