Reflexology and Infertility


Other benefits of Maternity Reflexology



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Maternity Reflexology

In "Childbirth doesnÂ’t have to hurt - Strategies for an easier labour" by Nikki Bradford and Professor Geoffrey Chamberlain, published by Vega 2002, pages 159 to 163 refer to Reflexology. On page 162 Nikki Bradford states "Of the mothers who had 10 reflexology sessions beginning in the middle of their pregnancies, only 2.7% had an epidural (the national average is about 20%). The first stage of labour took about five hours, shorter than the national average. And the second stage of labour, which usually takes between one and two hours, took an average of about 16 minutes".

Reflexology is a wonderful therapy to use during pregnancy and labour. It will not interfere with the viability of the pregnancy, but some clients may prefer to wait until after the twelfth week to avail of its benefits.

So says The Irish Reflexologists' Institute in its leaflet entitled Reflexology in Pregnancy and Labour, which details the benefits of Reflexology for mothers-to-be.

The IRI leaflet goes on to list the benefits of Reflexology treatment, before and after giving birth.
  1. A reduction in morning sickness, all day sickness and vomiting which persists past the three month stage of the pregnancy. Reflexology is recommended by the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, Dublin for this problem.

  2. It helps to relieve indigestion, lower back pain, haemorrhoids and constipation.

  3. It prepares the body for labour by balancing all the body systems, especially the endocrine system which governs the labour process.

  4. The length of labour can be very much reduced by having regular Reflexology treatments in the weeks prior to the expected delivery date.

  5. Reflexology can be used during labour to help boost energy levels, and it aids deep muscle relaxation between contractions. It helps with pain control by stimulating the production of natural endorphins. Partners can be taught the areas of the foot to treat during labour.

  6. Using Reflexology can reduce the need for epidurals.

  7. After the birth, Reflexology babies are very calm, suckle better and are less prone to colic.

  8. Using Reflexology after labour can help expel a retained placenta.

  9. It can promote rapid healing of episiotomies.

  10. It will encourage breast milk production.

  11. And can help relieve urinary retention.

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According to the IRI:

Many couples experiencing difficulty in conceiving have found Reflexology very beneficial in helping them achieve pregnancy.
It is advised that both the mother-to-be and her partner are treated with Reflexology.

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  • Threatened miscarriage.
  • Any vaginal bleeding.
  • Eclampsia.
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis.
  • Where there is a history of Blood Clotting/Warfarin Medication.
  • Unstable Diabetes.
      N.B.  In the case of Diabetes - and if you are on heavy medication - it will be necessary for me to get your doctor's permission before I can treat you with Reflexology.
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    I have also found Reflexology is excellent for irregular periods, PMT and PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome).

    I have successfully treated PCOS where the client now has regular periods and far less pain during menstruation. (see Case Study link above.)

    Reflexology regulates your cycle and it becomes easier to pinpoint ovulation.

    It's best to be treated before you go on fertility treatment, or when you have fully completed your fertility treatments. While taking fertility medication, it's best not to have reflexology done.

    There are good foods you can eat, and vitamins and minerals which you can take (subject to your doctor's approval) and I will give you a list of these when you come for a treatment.

    I have successfully treated sub-fertility and my client had a bouncing healthy baby boy!

    It's best not to have a Reflexology treatment during menstruation as it can make your period heavier.

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