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This article has been written for me by Kelly Holman, a lovely reflexologist.  Kelly’s contact details are shown below.

Reflexology is a popular therapy for Mums-to-be.    A strong advocate for its role during pregnancy is Dr Gowri  Motha, an obstetrician and founder of the ‘Gentle Birth Method’.   Her book of the same name is well worth reading.    In it she says “my inclusion of reflexology .., was accidental, yet it is now one of the most powerful tools in my programme.”    She goes on to say that it is “instrumental in helping 45.5 per cent of (her) mothers give birth at the optimum gestation of 40 weeks”.     Anecdotal evidence also suggests reflexology can help keep blood pressure normal, relieve pelvic girdle pain (also known as Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction) and generally help with common ailments.  Personally I believe you cannot underestimate the benefit of reflexology’s deep relaxation as you prepare for the birth of your baby.

I have been practising reflexology for almost ten years and am now studying for a Certificate in Maternity Reflexology with one of the world’s leading experts, Suzanne Enzer.

I am looking for case studies.  Interested?    You need to commit to five treatments (you can have more) and in return for your help I am offering a half price package (£80 for five treatments).    Please get in touch for more information.

Tel: 01908 542664  Kelly@thesunflowerhouse.co.uk

www.thesunflowerhouse.co.uk

Fertility issues or preconceptual guidance is part of the midwife’s role and is something I am often asked about.  Apart from the usual information for someone planning a baby, actually getting pregnant can sometimes be an issue.  The medical profession often do not consider it a potential problem unless you have been trying for a baby for around 18 months, and indeed it can often take longer – this must seem like forever when you aren’t getting pregnant.  I do know that stress (including trying for a baby) and sub-optimal health can lead to difficulty in conceiving, so bear this in mind.

To get yourself into optimal health obviously you need to eat well, be rested.  There are some very good websites, particularly the Foresight website and I suggest you work through this list. 

www.haveababy.com

www.womantomother.co.uk

http://www.foresight-preconception.org.uk

http://www.marilynglenville.com

http://www.zitawest.com

http://www.eatwell.gov.uk/agesandstages/pregnancy/whenyrpregnant/

Also, complementary therapists may help and I have listed some that I am aware of in the Milton Keynes area:

Acupuncture –

Sandra Ah-Peng – Acupuncturist
Milton Keynes 01908 505883

www.mkacupuncture.co.uk

Gabi Stutz – Acupuncturist
Milton Keynes 01908 225051

Homoeopathy –

Gwynne Grayson – Homeopath
Milton Keynes 01908 520546

Jacky Swanepoel – Homeopath
Milton Keynes 01908 585385

Reflexology –

Kelly Holman – Reflexology
Milton Keynes 01908 54266

www.thesunflowerhouse.co.uk

Kinesiology –

Lesley Stephenson – Kinesiologist
Northampton 01604 871225

www.sanctumclinic.co.uk

Hypnotherapy –

Denise Marleyn
Leighton Buzzard 01525 850334

www.persephone-therapy.co.uk

Emotional Freedom Techniques

https://midwifevalerie.wordpress.com/2009/10/15/emotional-freedom-technique-eft-and-fertility/

Sejual Shah

http://www.healthyinmind.com/

Nutrition:

Kim Crundall

http://www.balancenutrition.co.uk/index.htm

How aware you are of your fertile period?  It is usually 14 days before a period, so if you have a 28 day cycle it is day 14, but on a longer cycle it may well be later, and just to confuse things women do not always ovulate on day 14!  There are various things you can use, like predictor and charting your temperature etc, but also by looking at your normal vaginal discharge (!) at your fertile period the discharge will change from a thicker creamier discharge moving towards a clear, stretch discharge like egg white.  To help with conception it is best if you have sex on alternate days around this period.   

Hope that something here will be helpful to you.


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