Guest Blog Post by Amy O Mara
This week’s blog post is written by Amy O Mara, Female Health Coach and owner of Inner Balance Holistic Centre located in Castleconnell.
Hi, My name is Amy O Mara. I am a Female Health coach specialising in Reflexology for Fertility and Maternity Care. As a mum of two; I know how challenging pregnancy and birth can be and we as mothers want to do everything we can to make that journey as easy and enjoyable as possible. Thankfully Reflexology can help! Have a read below of some of the benefits of this wonderful treatment that is safe for you to avail of throughout your entire pregnancy!
PREGNANCY AND MATERNITY REFLEXOLOGY
Reflexology can benefit a woman at every stage of her pregnancy, from conception through all three trimesters, during labour and even postpartum. Pregnancy can be a stressful time for a woman and reflexology can help ease any anxiety and fear she may be experiencing throughout the pregnancy. It is common for mothers-to-be to worry about many things during their pregnancy, from whether or not they are eating the right foods, to exercising enough or too little and how they will cope when the baby is born. These worries may develop into anxiety and stress. If stress continues to manifest over long-periods of time, this could in turn result in poor pregnancy health where some of the more common conditions associated with pregnancy are exacerbated. Regular reflexology treatments throughout pregnancy will support mothers-to-be by helping them to relax, relieve tension and stress.
TRIMESTERS 1, 2, 3
It is safe to receive reflexology throughout all three trimesters. Having reflexology throughout maternity care is a safe and preventative therapy which can help with common symptoms and conditions that affect women whilst they are pregnant such as:
aches and pains
SPD/PGP (symphysis pubic dysfunction or pelvic girdle pain)
carpal tunnel syndrome
PRIMING FOR LABOUR AND CHILDBIRTH
There is no evidence that reflexology will induce labour, however, it does help the body to relax at a stressful time and to reach the optimum level for when the body is ready to go into labour naturally. After 38 weeks, certain reflexes are stimulated that are connected to the induction of labour to ensure that they are prepared for when the body is ready to begin the birth process. Working these specific reflexes will never cause premature labour. During labour, reflexology can help with the common concerns associated with childbirth such as regulating contractions, reducing pain, backache, helping with urination/bowel movement, releasing retained placenta, normalising breathing and as a basic touch therapy for reassurance and comfort.
Reflexology can also help to restore balance and boost recovery in the post-natal period by helping with:
caesarean section aftercare
after forceps delivery
after epidural anesthesia
breast engorgement and mastitis
lactation – improving milk production and quality