Reflexology and Pregnancy

Reflexology and Pregnancy

One of the more interesting applications of Reflexology is to alleviate the many symptoms of pregnancy. As any woman who has been pregnant knows there are a number of uncomfortable symptoms that go along with it. Morning sickness, nausea, and fatigue are just a few of them.
Can reflexology really help eliminate or at least alleviate these ailments? Possibly.

There are numerous studies and a lot of anecdotal evidence pointing to the possibility that reflexology can have a very positive effect on pregnant women. Or, for that matter, women who are seeking to become pregnant or those that have recently given birth. Reflexology has been shown to alleviate the following pregnancy related problems:

  • Lack of energy
  • Pain and discomfort
  • Digestive disorders
  • Heartburn/indigestion
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen extremities
  • Sore swollen breasts
  • Backache
  • Cramps
  • Incontinence
  • Inducing labor
  • Aiding in infertility

Some studies have even shown improvements in fertility due to reflexology treatments. It’s is hypothesized that stimulation of the reflex points may balance the endocrine system which plays a large part in fertility.

There has been anecdotal evidence of reflexology helping stimulate milk production in women who have just had a baby. One person stated, undoubtedly stimulated breast milk production”, and another said it “encouraged my breast milk to “come in” after having my daughter. I had a few more sessions after also to increase my milk supply”.

A Chinese study done in 1996 titled Foot Reflexology in the Treatment of Hypogalactia utilized reflexology on a woman with hypogalactia in one breast and galactotasia in the other which resulted in low milk output. After three reflexology sessions the woman produced enough milk to adequately feed her infant. So perhaps reflexology can stimulate breast milk production. It’s worth a try if you’re having difficulty in that respect.

Overall, it’s very hard to find opinions against the benefits of reflexology as it relates to pregnancy and quite easy to find positive comments. While this does not mean that reflexology unequivocally works it is most likely worth a try. It does not really have any negative side effects and results in a relaxed and tension free feeling for the recipient. And, as any pregnant mother to be knows, that is a good feeling to have!

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