Preconception, prenatal and postnatal care
Molly Williams MAR
Preconception and infertility
I am able to treat mothers from week 13 and then throughout your
pregnancy and after the arrival of your baby.
Maternity Reflexology supports in preconception and the mother
during her pregnancy, the birth and after her baby is born.
I offer packages for pre-natal and post-natal reflexology.
When can I have reflexology in pregnancy?
You can have reflexology throughout pregnancy. Different areas of the feet will be worked on in different trimesters, such as de-stress and digestive in first trimester, and physical aches and pains in second and third trimesters.
Reflexology is one of the safest, most supportive therapies for pregnant women and, sensitively applied, is excellent during pregnancy and birth, both for the mother and her baby. Research has shown that regular reflexology treatments during pregnancy can improve the chances of a shorter, less intense labour; recovery of mother and baby is quicker and both are calmer and more relaxed which enhances bonding and breastfeeding.
Ulster University 2018-A pilot randomised controlled trial exploring the effects of antenatal reflexology on labour outcomes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29024881
In this trial antenatal reflexology reduced labour duration for primiparous women who had experienced low back and/ or pelvic girdle pain during their pregnancy, compared with usual care and footbaths.
During the nine months of pregnancy a woman's body goes through enormous physical changes; a new life is developing inside her and pregnancy hormones are abundant.
For some women this can be a long period of discomfort and fatigue with nausea, headaches, backache and other conditions associated with pregnancy, taking away the joy and excitement of being pregnant and expecting a baby.
Reflexology has shown to be excellent in alleviating these common conditions and in maintaining balance during the rapidly changing experience of pregnancy.
pain & discomfort
stress & anxiety
oedema ( swelling mainly of feet and ankels)
ligament and groin pain
turning a breech baby
The first trimester is a time when there are huge changes in hormone levels and you may experience some anxieties and concerns about the changes that are going to happen. These factors may leave you feeling delighted, anxious, exhilarated, weepy and exhausted – sometimes all at once. The aim of Reflexology during this trimester is to relax, de-stress and offer support.
Second and Third Trimester
In the second and third trimester, most of the discomforts of early pregnancy have gone. However, as your baby grows you may begin to experience other physical symptoms. Your stress levels may also rise as the birth becomes more imminent.
Reflexology can be used for general well being or to address other health issues such as sleeping problems should they arise.
Preparation for Labour
As your due date approaches, you may find it useful to visit a Reflexologist more frequently. Although there is no evidence that reflexology can induce labour, the general view is that it will help support the body to prepare for labour and promote relaxation at a time when anxiety levels are often high.
There have been recent studies that have shown that reflexology in pregnancy significantly reduced pain in labour, reduced the length of the first stage of labour, and improved quality of sleep postnatally.
Post natal - 4th Trimester
You have now been through one of the biggest experiences of your life - especially if you are a first time mother! Reflexology may help you to cope with the demands of caring for a new baby and be of great support as your body recovers balance and your menstrual cycle returns to normal. Helps you to relax and calms the mind. Helps relieve tension. Improves mood. Improves sense of well-being.
helps recovery following csection
calms and relaxes mother & baby
balances the body after the birth
This video explains how reflexology can support you during your pregnancy
ULSTER UNIVERSITY - A pilot randomised controlled trial exploring the effects of antenatal reflexology on labour outcomes. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29024881
(1) VALIANI M (2010) Reviewing the effect of Reflexology on pain and outcomes of the labour of primiparous women. Iranian Journal of Nursing and Midwifery Research. 15 (Dec) p302-310.
(2) LI C-Y (2011) Randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of using foot reflexology to improve quality of sleep amongst post partum women. Midwifery. 27. p181-186