Reflexology is based on using specific pressure points on the body in order to elicit a healing or calming response in the body. It has been used as a part of alternative medicine for a very long time and is becoming more popular in the West. With that in mind, more women are turning to reflexology as part of their plans for a good experience with labor and delivery. It can be used throughout a pregnancy, and can also be used in the delivery room as labor progresses.
Not everyone reacts to reflexology in the same way, but it's something that any woman can try in order to see if it will help her have an easier pregnancy. Studies have shown that women who start their reflexology sessions before their pregnancy has reached 20 weeks actually have shorter labor periods than women who don't. The total time spent in labor can be shortened by up to 1/3, which is significant. There are also ways of using reflexology on the foot that is said to start labor, so women who have reached their due dates but are not yet in labor may want to consider it.
It's best to consult with your doctor when you're looking at using any alternative therapy during your pregnancy. While reflexology isn't contraindicated in the vast majority of people, there may be reasons why it wouldn't be right for you. Be sure to ask, so you can have even more peace of mind. Then find a good reflexologist. You want someone who knows his or her craft and who is used to working with pregnant women.
That will raise your comfort level and also give you more confidence in the reflexologist you've chosen. When done properly, reflexology can help you stay calm, and can also lower your chances of problems related to pregnancy, such as nausea and heartburn. That's a good reason to give it a try and see if it works for you. Reflexology can lower your level of pain when used during actual labor; by keeping your pain and stress levels low, your childbirth will be a much more pleasant experience.