When you first start looking for a Holistic or Complementary Therapist to treat you during pregnancy you will find a divide between those therapists who will treat you during the first trimester .... and those who won't. Whilst there is no evidence that Reflexology or Reiki etc. can affect a pregnancy, it really comes down to therapist choice, therapist training and also client choice.
Without sounding vague, I work on a client by client basis, working together to decide what is best. Some ladies like to wait till all the nausea and tiredness has cleared and start holsitic treatments with me after their first trimester. Some also like to have seen their first scan beforehand just to know everything is going to plan. Whereas other ladies, normally second time Mums, feel much more confident and like to continue with treatments from the start. For me, it really is about personal choice on both sides.
All of the therapies I work with are safe to use during a healthy pregnancy and in the lead up to birth itself. Many pregnant ladies find Holistic Therapies offer a valuable complementary support alongside their medical care, helping them cope both emotionally and physically in different ways:
Reflexology Many women choose to have Reflexology throughout their pregnancy for deep relaxation, reducing stress and tension, and helping to improve sleep. And, as the arrival of baby comes nearer, relaxation can also be invaluable for labour itself. Reflexology can also be such a lovely treatment for tired aching feet, or swollen ankles, which often feel the pressure of the extra weight with a growing baby.
Meditation or Reiki can help clear the mind and calm the nerves. With my first pregnancy I never used any relaxation techniques at all during labour and felt very disconnected from my body. However, second time round, I used lots of positive thinking and visualisation techniques, which helped me relax so deeply, and delivery was a completely different experience. I like to teach my clients to use relaxation techniques themselves, trying to help them stay calm and in control during their own labour too.
Flower Essences are a gentle way to help balance the emotions. Whilst some ladies cruise through pregnancy, the surges of hormones and pressures on our physical body can create a range of emotions for others. Some may feel teary, exhausted, fearful or low in mood and this is where I find flower essences invaluable. They are completely safe to use throughout pregnancy and on babies too. I have personally used them for a number of years and on myself, and my own children, since the day they were born.
Carrying a growing baby is such a precious journey, and potentially a very tiring one. So, whatever steps a Mum to be can take to look after herself can be vaulable to her growing baby; the birth itself; and her recovery afterwards.
It is a time when women need to be more aware of the foods they eat to ensure alll the relevant vitamins, minerals and proteins are included in the daily diet. And, it is when stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol should be reduced and certain foods (such as raw meats and unpasteurised cheeses) should be completely avoided.
Pregnancy is also a time when a woman's body will go through huge hormonal and physical changes to accommodate the growing baby. And, with these changes come a range of different symptoms such as tiredness, sleep disturbances, nausea or morning sickness (especially during the first 12-13 weeks), heightened emotions, and niggly aches and pains.
From the very early stages of pregnancy, it is essential that the Mum to be receives all the proper antenatal care she needs from either her GP or local midwife. For a comprehensive guide to this care please visit the NHS website at NHS/pregnancy.
If you take a look at my Facebook Page, you can see some genuine reviews from clients who have felt benefit from the treatments they have had with me since I have been in practice. However, if you would like to book an appointment, or speak to me in person, please send me a message via my CONTACT ME page and I will come back to you as soon as I can.
Sue Hamblin F.M.A.R.
Reflexologist & Karuna Reiki® Practitioner
Mobile: 0779 640 5312