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The Benefits of Reflexology During Pregnancy & Beyond!

Reflexology for pregnancy, to start labour

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: 

 

  • morning sickness

  • aches and pains

  • energy/mood

  • anemia

  • SPD/PGP (symphysis pubic dysfunction or pelvic girdle pain)

  • heartburn

  • varicose veins

  • headaches

  • fatigue

  • constipation

  • cramping

  • oedema (swelling)

  • carpal tunnel syndrome

  • insomnia

  • anxiety/tension etc.

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. 

POST-NATAL CARE

Reflexology can also help to restore balance and boost recovery in the post-natal period by helping with:

 

  • aching joints

  • caesarean section aftercare

  • after forceps delivery

  • after epidural anesthesia

  • backache

  • breast engorgement and mastitis

  • lactation – improving milk production and quality

  • fatigue

  • perineal pain

  • post-natal blues

  • post-natal depression

  • urination difficulties

I attended Amy for reflexology for the 1st 12 weeks on a weekly basis during my second pregnancy as I suffer terribly with all day sickness during my pregnancies and I found I was getting relief for a few days after each session at the start and then finding the relief from the sickness was lasting a week at a time. I found great relief from the sickness compared to my first pregnancy when I didn’t attend reflexology. I am now attending monthly which is definitely helping with sleep and fluid retention. I would highly recommend Amy, I find her extremely professional and very knowledgeable and passionate about her profession.
— S.Cooke Murroe Co Limerick
Reflexology to induce labor

For more information or to book in with Amy, please see her website, facebook page or you may phone her at 086-4474555.