Holistic Therapies for Pregnant Women
With Christmas fast approaching the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting cold. Your bump is growing steadily and very soon those jeans you’ve been squeezing into will no longer button up. Your back is hurting and your chest is tight, you don’t remember what your toes look like. You’re swollen and hot and you have to spend Christmas with your in laws, which is hard enough at the best of times, let alone when you’re pregnant and wanting to bury in bed until it’s time to meet your beautiful baby.
To beat those pregnancy blues and ensure a happy and relaxing Christmas you may try holistic therapies. With so many restrictions on the drugs you can take that won’t harm your baby, holistic therapies could be the answer to all your aches and pains.
Most holistic therapies are considered safe although it is always advised to inform your midwife or doctor of any therapies you may wish to participate in. Holistic therapies can be used to combat many of problems witnessed during pregnancy, such as; nausea, back pain, headaches and insomnia.
Acupuncture is a practice first used in traditional Chinese medicine. The practice consists of sharp points being inserted into the body at acupoints to correct imbalances in qi. According to Chinese medicine qi flows through the body and when there is a disruption to this flow illness or pain occurs.
Reflexology works on the premise that the foot is a map of the body and by applying pressure with the thumb to the corresponding area on the foot (or hands and ears) the body can be healed.
Aromatherapy oils, also known as essential oils, are used for the purpose of healing the mind and body. They can be burned or (not all oils) used directly on the skin during massage.
Osteopathy and chiropractic
Chiropractic’s is the practice of manually manipulating the muscles and bones in order to cure and prevent pain, usually related to the lower back area.
Herbal medicines are a natural alternative to Western medicine. Although the medicines are natural they still can have side effects.
Floatation tanks or sensory deprivation tanks are used to entice the user into an extremely relaxed state, whilst taking pains and pressures off the spine and inducing sleep.
It is important to consider any ill effects on your child and it is always recommended to seek the best for yourself and your baby. Never receive holistic therapies from specialists who are not registered or cannot produce proof of their studies.
This article was contributed by Robyn Wright, a mother of four active boys and professional Spa consultant. Robyn is also a writer for Amoralia.com, where you can find excellent pregnancy advice as well as beautiful maternity and nursing lingerie.