Therapy treatments during pregnancy

Complementary therapies can be of an enormous benefit not only to you, the mother but also to your unborn baby.

Therapies during pregnancy emotionally and physiologically support you during a time when your body is undergoing many changes and can help prepare you and your body for birth.

benefits both mother and baby

Therapies can be used for pregnancy discomforts such as backache, sciatica, swollen ankles, stress and anxiety, pain relief in labour and recovery after birth.


Many essential oils are contraindicated during pregnancy, but there are many which are safe to use and can help treat nausea, alleviate anxiety, reduce swelling, ease headaches and encourage a good night's sleep.


Be cautious about using essential oils during pregnancy, especially during the first trimester, even if you are used to using them. Even oils that are generally safe during this time (see below) may be too stimulating for women who are prone to miscarriage. If you suffer from chronic illness such as asthma, heart disease or epilepsy you should be especially cautious.

If in any doubt, please do not use any essential oils, especially in the 1st trimester as some can cause miscarriage and contractions.

Because so many oils are best avoided in pregnancy, it is easier to list the safe ones:

  • gentle floral oils such as rose, neroli, ylang-ylang, chamomile

  • citrus oils such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, tangerine

  • others such as geranium, sandalwood, spearmint and frankincense

I will be writing a blog on essential oils and their use in the near future so please keep a look out for more information.

Therapies available during the whole of your pregnancy

These therapies are very gentle and are seen as safe from conception to birth.


Reiki is an extremely gentle and relaxing therapy which will help to relax your mind and body. Reiki will help improve sleep and relieve depression or anxiety caused by hormonal changes. Relax on a couch or in a comfortable, relaxing chair, remaining fully dressed.

Natural Face Lift Massage / Indian Head Massage

These massages around the head, face and neck area are relaxing and are an excellent way of relieving your stress, helping you to re-energise and balance the whole body bringing a wonderful feeling of peace and relaxation. Remain fully dressed and can be comfortably seated in a relaxing chair.

CranioSacral Therapy

CranialSacral Therapy (CST) is extremely gentle and suitable throughout pregnancy. CST can help you with muscle spasms and cramping, sciatic pain, symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP), headaches, stress and anxiety. Remain fully dressed and comfortably propped up on a couch.

Therapies available during the 2nd and 3rd trimester only.

These treatments are not advisable during the 1st trimester to protect your unborn child from unforseen problems of which you may not be aware.

Pregnancy Massage

Research shows that massage is an effective form of pain relief and some women find it very helpful during labour. It is available after the three-month mark of your pregnancy (2nd and 3rd trimester). Pregnancy massage can help to ease discomforts such as backache, headache and constipation, as well as relieving anxiety and promoting wellbeing. Appropriate aromatherapy oils can be used during a pregnancy massage.

Thai Foot Massage

You can try Thai Foot Massage after the three-month mark of your pregnancy (2nd and 3rd trimester). There are areas of the ankle which will not be treated due to your pregnancy. Research shows that it boosts energy levels, relieves heartburn, reduces swelling and normalises hypertension.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage

Tired feet, water retention? Many pregnant women find MLD very beneficial, especially during the later stages of pregnancy (2nd and 3rd trimester), to help prevent or treat oedema. Fluid retention can cause uncomfortable temporary conditions such as tired feet, carpel tunnel and swollen legs, ankles, hands during pregnancy.

benefits both mother and baby

Any products used during the above treatments will be organic and natural.

I will take your medical history before starting your treatment to ensure you do not have any allergies or intolerance sand take a note of your current health to ensure you and your baby have a safe treatment.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns before making an appointment.

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Copthorne Therapies

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