Pregnancy Support with Maternity/Pregnancy Reflexology and Homeopathy
Pregnancy Support with Maternity/Pregnancy Reflexology and Homeopathy
I have personal experience of the benefits of reflexology and homeopathy during and after pregnancy as well as during labor as I had regular reflexology during both my pregnancies. I and my clients have found that reflexology and homeopathy can ease some of the discomfort of pregnancy, such as morning sickness and back ache, improving sleep and reducing oedema and stress. I also believe that reflexology and homeopathy helped me to be in the best place emotionally and physically enabling me to have relaxed, natural and fast labours near my due date, and then be a (fairly) relaxed new mum!
Research carried out in 1993/1994 by consultant obstetrician Dr Gowri Motha showed that first time pregnant mums who received at least nine maternity reflexology treatments during their pregnancy, had far shorter birthing times than those who did not have reflexology. On average, their labours lasted 5-6 hours and they required significantly less pain relief too.
Many women come throughout their pregnancy on a monthly basis and then weekly for the last few weeks. However, I can tailor a treatment plan to suit your needs, diary etc.
I have been a qualified maternity reflexologist since 2012 carrying out specific training with Suzanne Enzer.
Homeopathy during Pregnancy:
I find it a joy supporting women through this part of their lives. I personally discovered how wonderful homeopathy is during my second pregnancy to help with morning sickness, aches and pains. I can offer a pregnancy tissue salts programme during pregnancy (see below) or homeopathic remedies unique and tailored to your ailments.
I also used homeopathy during my labour. The midwife (who was pregnant herself) called a few weeks afterwards to ask what I used as she was impressed with how well I coped with my drug free labour. Despite birthing a large baby in a short space of time, I recovered quickly post partum with the use of homeopathic remedies.
I can discuss with you and provide suitable remedies for use during and post labour either in a 1-1 session or group setting.
Homeopathy postnatally and children
My eldest son had eczema as a baby and rather than use steroid cream I saw a homeopath. At that point I did not know what homeopathy was but I found that it was amazing and wanted to become a homeopath myself. My youngest son was born during my homeopathy degree. Over the years homeopathy has been my first port of call for all manor of issues from colic, ear infections, coughs, colds, bumps, breastfeeding issues etc etc. As well as personalised consultations, I run ‘homeopathy at home’ workshops where I can teach you to use homeopathy yourself for your own family.
Tissue Salts Pregnancy Programme
During pregnancy both mother and baby will require support for different functions and processes at different stages of development, sometimes at the expense of the mother. This programme corrects maternal salt deficiencies and helps the baby with necessary salts.
Tissue salts are low potency homeopathic remedies which can be a useful addition during pregnancy as they support and enhance assimilation and help with uptake of food and nutrients. They work by balancing the system rather than supplementing through diet or other products.
There are four bottles in each set. The remedies rotate throughout pregnancy.
First bottle taken in Month 2 and 6 contains Calc Fluor 6c, Mag Phos 6c, Ferr Phos 6c
Second bottle taken in Month 3 and 7 contains Calc Fluor 6c, Mag Phos 6c, Nat Mur 6c
Third bottle taken in month 4 and 8 contains Calc Fluor 6c, Mag Phos 6c, Silica 6c
Fourth bottle taken in month 5 and 9 contains Calc Fluor 6c, Ferr Phos 6c, Silica 6c
Remedies (6c potency)
Ideally pregnancy tissue salts are taken twice a day during the indicated month.
Calc Fluor assists with maintaining elasticity of tissues and is indicated for varicose veins, haemorrhoids, constipation and sluggish circulation, plus stretch marks. It is of value in conditions affecting the bones, teeth and the elastic fibres of the skin, muscular tissue and blood vessels. It may assist with and help avoid prolapse.
Ferrum Phos is the oxygen carrier of the system and assists with inflammation and oxygenation, processes vital for our system. It gives strength to the walls of the blood vessels, especially the arteries and is indicated where there is a lack of red blood cells, as in anaemia. It does not supplement iron, but helps the system use iron from the diet and balance the intake efficiently. Low iron can be a problem for many women during pregnancy and the addition of Ferrum Phos 6x can help with better assimilation of any supplements.
Mag Phos works on development of the nerves. It is also a nerve relaxant, hence its usefulness in the treatment of cramps and spasms. It is indicated for neuralgic pain, sciatica and headaches with shooting, darting, stabbing pains and can be helpful for heartburn. It is useful for period-type pain and will work more quickly and often more efficiently when taken in hot water.
Nat Mur helps balance the salt and fluids in the system, maintaining proper moisture, and can be useful for both dryness and water retention, and of course swollen ankles. It can be helpful for headaches with constipation, colds with profuse water mucous and sneezing, and often there may be great thirst – often a sign of fluid imbalance. It has a major usefulness for cold sores and can be helpful for hayfever. It often has a craving for salt and salty foods. It also has an affinity for the production of hydrochloric acid and digestion generally.
Silica is present in blood, skin, hair and nails and is a constituent of connective tissue, teeth, bones, nerve sheaths and mucous membranes. It is indicated where there is history of deficient or slow assimilation. Brittle nails and weak, falling hair and urates lodging around joints and muscles also call for this tissue salt. It may also be helpful for stretchmarks and is indicated for general strength within the system.
Kali Phos can also be added to your program for its role as a nerve nutrient, which can be helpful with physical and emotional stability and energy levels. It has been said to prevent the baby going overdue.
Kali Phos is a nerve nutrient and has an affinity for the tissues and fluids of the body, in particular the brain and nerve cells. It is useful for nervous conditions such as fatigue, depression, indigestion and insomnia.
The tissue salts are available including a brief consultation from Becca Scott at Healing Space for £40 +p&p as required. Refills are available for £5 each bottle.
How Pregnancy Affects the Gait and Stance of Women and how these changes affect the Pregnant Woman
I wrote this as an assignment for my maternity reflexology training in 2012. My tutor wanted me to publish it. I was a bit too shy to do that but here it is. I see many women with aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Whilst normal in pregnancy, reflexology can help to ease these aches and pains. This article explains how gait and stance is affected by pregnancy and how these changes can affect the pregnant woman.curvature of spine 14354
As the photographs above show being pregnant has an impact on the posture or ‘stance’ of the woman. And in turn this effects how she walks or her ‘gait’.
An ideal gait is one where the heel touches the ground first (the foot is ‘supinated’), followed by placement of the whole of the foot on the ground (the foot is ‘pronated’), then the ‘toe off’ (where the foot is ‘re-supinated’ ready for the shift in movement forward again), and then the ‘swing phase’ where the foot swings past the other foot ready to make contact with the ground in front again. Energetically, in an ideal gait, all of the five longitudinal reflex zones are stimulated.
The stance should have pressure on all areas of the foot simultaneously thus again energetically all five longitudinal reflex zones are stimulated.
A study by Hogan et al (2010) found that gait speed, hip angle and pelvic tilt changed during pregnancy. Ankle dorsiflexion also decreased during the gait cycle during pregnancy. As pregnancy develops, women develop an exaggerated lumbar curve (lordosis of the spine) and the pelvis is tilted forward. This stabilises her changing centre of gravity due to the increasing size and weight of the foetus. As the abdominal muscles stretch to accommodate the foetus, proper posture results as the abdominal muscles are less able to contract and keep the lower back in correct alignment.
Also the hormone relaxin is released to soften the connective tissue in the body so the joints are more mobile including the sacral iliac joint. This also includes the ligaments in the foot which can result in the arch flattening (‘over-pronates’).
As the centre of gravity is altered so then the stance changes and how weight is distributed on the foot. The pregnant woman becomes more unsteady on her feet. Riberio et al (2011) found that the pressure on the plantar aspect (sole) of the feet of pregnant women is not different when standing. However, when walking the plantar loads were re-distributed with pressure going from the rear of the foot and increasing to the mid and front of the foot. They concluded that these changes are to help the pregnant woman be more stable during walking.
While Lymbery et al (2005) discovered that there was a wider step width during walking, again to maximise stability and to try to stop the waddling (mediolateral motion) seen often in pregnant women.
A study by Nyska et al (1997) compared the gait of 28 pregnant and 28 non-pregnant women. The change is gait of pregnant women increase the weight bearing on the lateral side of the foot and the hind foot. They went onto conclude that these changes may be responsible for the musculoskeletal complaints of pregnant women.
A reflexologist needs to be aware of the effect that these changes to gait and stance have on a pregnant client. This is because an unsteady gait and unbalanced stance will put the whole body off balance energetically and physically. Extra pressure is put on the hips, ankles and legs. Internal organs that are already out of alignment due to the expanding uterus are even more out of alignment due to pelvic tilt and exaggerated lumbar curve. Due to over-pronation of the foot, the body does not absorb shocks when walking in the usual way. Pressure is put on the foot as weight is transferred from the lateral side of the heel to the medial metatarsus. Not all longitudinal zones are being stimulated as in an ideal gait. The client may not feel very grounded as the whole heel is not striking the ground. The reflexes of the thyroid and lungs are also experiencing more pressure.
In late pregnancy the client is very likely to be suffering from back, hip and pelvic aches and pains as the heaviness of the baby on her ligaments and joints takes it toll. Reflexology can be used to alleviate these aches and pains through the symphysis pubis trigger release, greater sciatic notch trigger release and working well the reflexes of the spine, hips and pelvis.
Late pregnancy can be a time when the reality of giving birth set in and this can make some women feel very scared or anxious. Reflexology can ground and calm the client so that she can feel capable of giving birth. It is likely that the client is not sleeping well and will be feeling tired, uncomfortable and large. Again, reflexology can relax them and tune them into their body, maybe even energising them for a time after the treatment. IF a client already has a child then the reflexology session may give her much needed time out and relaxation.
Hagan, L; Wong, C; (2010) Gait in Pregnant Women: Spinal and Lower Extremity Changes From Pre-to Post-partum; Journal of Women’s Health Physical Therapy: May/August 2010 – Volume 34 – Issue 2 – P46-56
Nyska, M, Sofer D, Porat A, Howard C, Levi Meizner I; (1997) Plantar foot pressure in pregnant women; Israel Journal of Medical Sciences: 1997, 33 (2): 139-46
Ribeiro, A, Trombini-Souza, F, Neves Sacco,I, Ruano, R, Zugaib,M, João, S; (2011) Changes in the Plantar Pressure Distribution During Gait Throughout Gestation. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association: September 2011, Vol. 101, No. 5, pp. 415-423
Lymbery, J, Gilleard, W: (2005) The Stance Phase of Walking During Late Pregnancy. Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association: May 2005, Vol. 95, No. 3, pp. 247-253