Reflexology in Pregnancy
I have been fortunate enough to treat many expectant mothers during their pregnancy, some of whom came to me with conception problems and wanted to continue with treatments throughout and after their pregnancy!
Much of the advice that follows came from a seminar I attended held by Susanne Ezner, a midwife and reflexologist of many years standing who is also an author of "Reflexology - A Tool for Midwives" and "Maternity Reflexology - A Guide Book for Reflexologists".
Her book, Maternity Reflexology - A Guide Book for Reflexologists, has been my bible on this topic ever since!
One interesting point about pregnancy is how little say the mother has in the proceedings. In fact, the first three months are dominated by a hormone, Human Chronic Gonadotrophin (HCG), which is produced by the foetus and which can sometimes make the expectant mother feel lousy!
The mother's body responds to the growing baby by producing 'relaxin', an ovarian hormone, that works to soften the pelvic ligaments to prepare for birth. The baby's head must be able to emerge, but poor mum often suffers considerable aches and pains as her body adjusts to accommodate her baby's entry into the world.
Maternity Reflexology was hugely beneficial to me. Not only was it relaxing but it was also safe.
Very quickly after my last Reflexology session I went into labour naturally.
I recommended it to a friend and she also went into labour at the right time at the end of her pregnancy.
Providing the mother-to-be wants to receive reflexology and the reflexologist feels happy to give it, there are very few real contra-indications. Your reflexologist will discuss any concerns you may have regarding treatments and will satisfy him/herself that all is in order before going ahead with the treatment.
Reasons for treating with caution would be where:
* When they may have a Deep Vein Thrombosis and it would not be wise to stimulate the circulation.
* If there is a risk of eclampsia, where the woman has hypertension in conjunction with oedema and protein urea.
In cases where the mother-to be is diabetic she should be asked to check her blood sugar before and after treatments, as reflexology helps to balance the endocrine system and insulin production.
It is as well to remember that conception, pregnancy and birth are natural processes and not a 'condition'.
Much of the above information has been given at a seminar held by Susanne Ezner, a midwife and reflexologist of many years standing who is also an author of "Reflexology - A Tool for Midwives" and "Maternity Reflexology - A Guide Book for Reflexologists".
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Of 593 women who gave birth at the Gentofte Hospital in 1988, 103 chose reflexology as an alternative to both pain killing drugs and to labour stimulating and inducing drugs. Of sixty-eight women who chose reflexology with no analgesic drugs, sixty one(89.71%) stated that reflexology had helped reduce pain., six (8.82%) felt no effect, and, one had increased pain in spite of reflexology treatment. Four of the sixty-one women who were helped by reflexology also required pain medication. Of forty-nine women who chose reflexology to stimulate labor, twenty-four gave birth without additional drug treatment. Fourteen women who were candidates for surgical delivery, received reflexology treatment between 30 and 60 minutes of birth. Eleven (78.57%) were then able to discharge the placenta. The other three had it surgically removed. All participants, except one, found the reflexology treatments extremely pleasant.
"Easier Births Using Reflexology." By Gabriella Bering Liisberg, "Tidsskrift for Jordemodre", No. 3, 1989.
Milk secretion in new mothers
* Results of study: Women who have recently given birth lactate earlier and more satisfactorily when given foot reflexology work. Siu-lan, Li, "Galactagogue Effect of Foot Reflexology in 217 Parturient Women," (19)96 Beijing International Reflexology Conference (Report), China Preventive Medical Association and the Chinese Society of Reflexology, Beijing, 1996 p. 14
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