Can reflexology help me in pregnancy?
There are several reasons why women choose to use complementary therapies such as reflexology during pregnancy. These include morning sickness, fluid retention, insomnia and pelvic pain. Reflexology is also used by some women to manage pain during labour.
What do I need to know about using it in pregnancy?
Reflexology does not involve taking anything into the body that might affect the developing baby unlike some other forms of complementary therapies. Also, you can sit or lie in a position that is comfortable for you during the massage.
While reflexology is generally considered to be safe, some practitioners decline to carry out reflexology during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy due to concern that it could cause contractions. There is, however, no evidence that reflexology can cause a miscarriage. A risk from reflexology, as with any complementary therapy, is that a woman may try this rather than seeking appropriate medical advice or treatment.