How Reiki helps in Pregnancy

By Clare Ford, Beautiful Souls

Enhance your connection with your body

As Reiki is holistic, it treats each person as a whole, including mind, body…and baby. Some mothers have experienced their babies give an excited kick as soon as they feel the energy flowing in. By working directly by holding the “bump” the Reiki practitioner can also therefore treat the baby.

Being pregnant can create a sense of being out of control of your own body. Some women have described it as their body “not belonging to them anymore”, from the day-to-day changes in their bodies, to the sense of invasion experienced from medical interventions.

Reiki can enable a sense of regaining some of that control:  a balance and a grounding so that, even though you are experiencing a life-changing event, you can be in control, no matter what surprises await you.

Reiki healing is especially useful for relieving the physical discomforts of pregnancy.   The hormones associated with pregnancy – human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) and oestrogen — contributes to gastric distress.  Reiki treatment may help relax the gastrointestinal walls and can reduce or alleviate the sensation of nausea.   It also can also provide relief from round ligament pain, hip, back and nerve-based pain (sciatica and carpal tunnel are two common conditions) typically experienced as pregnancy progresses.   Reiki treatment can be so deeply relaxing that people often drift off into sleep – and as any pregnant woman knows, sleep is a valuable commodity!

Many pregnant women are juggling demands associated with careers, expectations from their families, changes in their relationships with their partners, and of course, in their bodies.  These factors can exacerbate fatigue and mood swings.

Reiki treatment can help expectant mothers reduce stress and remain more grounded emotionally.   A Reiki treatment is, first and foremost, time for women to reorient themselves and their bodies during a time when they may no longer feel like it belongs to them.

Reiki treatment, along with other supportive practices such as chiropractic, prenatal massage and prenatal yoga, can have great benefits for a mother-to-be and her developing baby.

Reiki and the process of labour and birth

If the mother is relaxed during pregnancy, the baby is also relaxed and therefore calmer, happier and healthier; and the mother is more likely to have easier labour.

Reiki treatment can also provide a non-invasive comfort measure, helping to relieve pain from contractions and reduce anxiety during labour –

The use of Reiki treatment may help reduce or eliminate the need for an epidural or other pharmaceutical pain relief.  Spouses, partners, doulas and other childbirth professionals trained in Reiki practice can be a valuable source of support for women in labour.

The birth partner has the very specific role during labour, delivery and post-birth of giving the mother and the baby Reiki, creating that Reiki space of peaceful, deep relaxation that assists the mother in flowing with her body and the baby throughout labour.  – “Reiki and Sacred Childbirth”, Summer 2010 issue of Reiki News Magazine

Assisting a labouring mother with Reiki treatment can provide the space and support for her to experience a centred, empowered birth experience. It can be tremendously gratifying for the spouse or partner to be able to provide an additional source of loving  and  centred  support,  creating  a  deep  shared connection between the couple.