15205269_s-pregnant womanAfter the first trimester, reflexology during pregnancy may be extremely beneficial to both mother and baby.  Many discomforts of pregnancy may respond well to reflexology including:

  • morning sickness and nausea
  • back pain
  • heartburn
  • constipation
  • fluid retention
  • carpal tunnel syndrome
  • hyperemesis
  • pelvic girdle pain

Reflexology aims to rebalance and maintain a natural equilibrium throughout this time.

Reflexology may also help your body get ready for the impending delivery of your baby. It may help to reduce the need for intervention during labour and may shorten labour quite dramatically.

Reflexology is a complementary therapy and full midwife/doctor care must be followed throughout pregnancy and labour. It is advisable to let your health professional know you are receiving treatments and it is also imperative that you advise your therapist of any complications or problems during your pregnancy.

There are some conditions where reflexology in pregnancy should be avoided altogether and these include:

  • Pre-term labour – at any time before 37 weeks gestation
  • Placenta previa – if Grade II or III after 32 weeks gestation
  • Hydroamnios – if there is too much amniotic fluid around the baby
    after 32 weeks gestation
  • Medical advice should be sought before treatment for:
    – Women with a risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
    – Women with a risk of pre-eclampsia