Studies have shown that women who have regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy have shorter labours than those who don’t.**
Reflexology is particularly useful in helping deal with many of the discomforts associated with pregnancy such as:
- Up to 75% of women experience nausea during some time of their pregnancy whether it be morning, day or evening.
- Fatigue affects nearly all pregnant women in the first trimester as the mother’s body contends with new cells forming to nurture and grow the developing foetus. Fatigue often returns in the later stages of pregnancy.
- Some woman may experience other complaints such as backache, cramping and fluid retention, resulting in swollen legs and feet.
- Constipation is also often common during pregnancy.
- Reflexology can be especially useful towards the end of the pregnancy. On occasions, Brenda is referred maternity patients from hospitals to assist in the process of natural induction using special reflexology techniques reserved only for the final stages of pregnancy. This type of treatment has proven to be very successful for many pregnant women who have reached full term pregnancy, or are past their due date and do not wish to be induced in the usual manner.
- Postnatal, Reflexology is helpful in many ways, assisting with lactation, re-establishing a hormonal balance that may also assist with treatment and prevention of post natal depression, stress, tiredness and anxiety, not forgetting post operative recovery from caesarean delivery.
Reflexology is a wonderfully relaxing therapy that works on many levels: soothing, calming, balancing and revitalizing your whole body. It is rapidly finding acceptance in hospitals and clinics around the world, both as an independent therapy and as a support to other forms of health care.
**The effect of Reflexology on Labour Outcome Dr Gowri Motha ands Dr. Jane McGrath, Forest Gate, London, England. Posted 1989