Aromatherapy in Pregnancy:
What it is: Aromatherapy is a natural treatment using the oils of plants to improve and maintain well-being. The action of aromatherapy on the state of mind depends upon the link between smell and memory.
Use in pregnancy: Can be used to help with insomnia, early morning sickness, cramps and headaches.
Use in labour: An aromatherapy massage during labour can reduce pain, stress and anxiety.
It is important to avoid: fennel, peppermint and rosemary oils in the first trimester
Homeopathy in pregnancy
What it is: Homeopathy works on the basis of like cures like with the remedies stimulating the bodys own healing power.
Use in pregnancy: Can help with food cravings, feeling sore from the baby kicking and a low mood.
Use in labour: Very useful during the birth for pain relief.
Hypnotherapy for birth
What it is: Hypnosis is a pleasant state of mental relaxation. It is a time when your conscience takes a step back and your subconscious come more to the forefront. It is a natural state with no side effects which anyone can learn to enter.
Use in pregnancy: Can help you to manage early morning sickness as well as reducing general pain.
Use in Labour: Hypnosis helps you to become more and more confident and trusting in your body and as a result you are able to remain calm and relaxed during labour, reducing pain.
What it is: Osteopaths and chiropractors believe that any disturbance of the musculoskeletal system will not only cause local pain, but also interfere with the bodys other main components.
Use in pregnancy/Labour: misalignment of the spine caused by pregnancy can press on nerves and in turn cause not only back pain but pain that can affect the whole body. Treatment aims to re-align the bodys structure.
Cranial osteopathy can also help with post natal depression and with your child after they have been born.
What it is: Reflexology aims to treat the whole body through the feet. Massaging the feet can help to clear up a problem by breaking down the waste matter and allowing the bodys internal energy to circulate freely.
Use in pregnancy: Can help with early morning sickness, constipation and migraines.
Use in labour: Can help with relaxation and therefore pain relief.
What it is: Yoga is a therapy recognised in helping stress, improving joint and muscle suppleness and generally improving overall health.
Use in pregnancy: The gentle moving therapy works well in pregnancy especially for problems with back ache and posture.
Use in labour: Yoga can also increase the suppleness in your pelvic floor muscles which may make your labour easier, and help these muscles recover quickly after birth