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Reflexology
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Prepare your body for labour with reflexology

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Reflexology for Labour and Birth

Whatever type of birthing experience you have, Reflexology aims to put you in the best possible state to cope and make a good recovery. If the pregnancy goes beyond term, with the permission of the obstetric care-giver, there are techniques that can be used on the feet and hands to try and encourage labour.

Many of the good birth units within hospitals now use a lot of complementary therapies during labour, including Reflexology. They will often allow Reflexology treatment during labour to help with the pain from contractions. It is always best to check with your midwife and birth unit to see they allow the treatments.

For women, who are either planning an elective caesarean or who will have to have an emergency caesarean, regular Reflexology treatments are an excellent way to prepare the body for this, and aids a swift recovery.

Reflexology can also be used for breech conditions, to encourage the baby to move prior to labour.

During labour, reflexology can help to keep the mind relaxed and calm and may be useful for pain control.

Reflexology may reduce your labour time

In 1988, Dr. Gowri Motha and Dr. Jane McGrath carried out a study into the effects of reflexology on labour. 37 pregnant women completed a course of ten treatments.

Findings showed that women who received regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy are more likely to have a shorter labour, require less pain relief and give birth closer to their EDD.

The average first stage of labour was 5 hours (compared to textbook figures of 16 to 24 hours) and 16 minute 2nd stage (compared to 1 to 2 hours).

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