Reflexology is safe throughout pregnancy providing you see someone with specific training in pregnancy reflexology. The treatments are very gentle with no direct pressure on the uterus. Reflexology sessions are a great way to relax and give the internal organs a chance to ‘breathe’. They may help to relieve some of the symptoms of pregnancy. Reflexology is a wonderful, natural and simple way of helping your body through the different stages of pregnancy. Most women sense a feeling of wellbeing and deep relaxation. It is best experienced as a course. Before treatment, I will send out a questionnaire so that I get a full picture of your medical history. I will often refer you to other practitioners if I feel you would benefit; There is some anecdotal evidence to suggest that pregnancy reflexology can help to bring on labour, providing both mother and baby are ready. We would always recommend that mums-to-be start their treatments at least six weeks before their due date. Between 38 weeks to labour, we use a much firmer pressure focusing on stimulating the production of oxytocin to help naturally induce labour to help towards a natural birth, especially if the due date has passed. This can reduce the need for medical intervention. Treatment at this time may intensify contractions during labour and reduce labour time. Combination treatments of reflexology and hypnotherapy at later stages of pregnancy can be very calming leading up to and preparing your mind and body for birth. We recommend twice-weekly sessions at this stage.