I am often asked, "What are the benefits of reflexology in pregnancy?" or "I'm pregnant - what can reflexology do for me?"
The good news is that reflexology has many benefits when you're pregnant. I had regular reflexology treatments all through my own three pregnancies, and I definitely feel that it contributed to my overall well-being, positive pregnancies, and uncomplicated, drug-free, natural labours and births.
Many of my clients come to me telling me that they aren't sleeping very well, or that their energy is low. They may be suffering from pelvic girdle pain or symphysis pubis disorder (SPD), have restless legs, severe heart burn, or poor digestion with uncomfortable constipation.
All of these complaints are as a result of the body being out of balance, and reflexology works by helping to bring the whole body into balance. At a time when many of our resources are being directed towards the growth and development of your little bundle, we can feel out of kilter and perhaps running a little under par, however, with the help of reflexology, a pregnant woman can feel like her energy has improved, her immune system is stronger and given that her hormones have been balanced, she can feel her mood improve too (although, dare I say it, this is often more noticeable to those around her, before she becomes aware of it herself!).
But reflexology in pregnancy is not only good for the mother-to-be; baby enjoys the effects of the treatment too. Given that a woman will feel extremely relaxed during and after a reflexology treatment, this has positive knock-on effects for her baba too. With improved blood flow to the placenta, baby enjoys a greater supply of oxygen and nutrients, and a decrease in his/her mum's stress hormones, which can be found in the amniotic fluid. This is turn can positively influence baby's proper development, which can also have long lasting effects for baby's overall health once born.
I know that reflexology is one of my favourite treatments, and I really notice how much better I feel after a session. If you had reflexology during your pregnancy, how did it make you feel? Please leave me a comment below - I'd love to hear how it made/makes you feel!
Hi, I'm Lisa Heeney. I'm passionate about women enjoying their pregnancies and having a positive birth experience. I work with pregnant women on a daily basis and I learn so much from them and am truly grateful. Drawing on my working experiences and my personal experience of being a mum of three, I would like to share tidbits and advice that I have found helpful and beneficial in pregnancy and after.