Pregnancy is meant to be a wonderful experience. However for a great deal of women the first 12 weeks or so can feel extremely unpleasant, with feelings of extreme tiredness and exhaustion to frequent bouts of nausea, not to mention the emotional reactions. For many, these feelings soon settle down and the pleasure and excitement of the pregnancy begins. But for some, the side effects of fluctuating hormones can continue and be pretty disruptive.
Can I have treatment?
There are situations when you may want treatment prior to your 12 week scan, to help ease morning sickness for example but generally most clients opt for treatments after the first 12 weeks have passed*. Reflexology in particular is a favourite of both ‘mums to be’ and midwives alike. As it is such a relaxing treatment it seems to never fail to bring relief from the natural aches and physical discomforts that pregnancy brings. Treatment also helps to settle and balance the hormones and most clients report great feedback from each treatment.
Reflexology may bring relief from the following:
- morning sickness, nausea and headaches
- swollen ankles, hands and legs, particularly 3rd trimester
- back and joint aches
- stress and anxiety
- digestive issues & constipation
In the last remaining weeks and days, Reflexology is said to be great at encouraging the body to commence delivery closer to term and support a natural labour and birth. Many of my clients have been delighted to have treatment to help relax them and ease some of the anxiety and worries that can build at this time.
Once you are home and coming to terms with your new arrival, your body will be adjusting too – in an hormonal way!.. Treatment around this time is wonderful at helping the body relax again, bring about a state of homeostatis (balance) and encourage the hormones to settle – plus it’s a lovely treat after all that hard work and helps to stave off the signs of post-natal depression.
*assuming that there are no complications with the pregnancy....