written by: Jamie Robertson
• edited by: Lisa Lambson
• updated: 11/28/2008
A pregnant woman's body undergoes a number of changes that can cause stress and illness. The use of Reiki during pregnancy can help relieve morning sickness, stress, and insomnia.
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Reiki can be used throughout the various stages of pregnancy to help relieve unwanted stress and illness. Reiki is extremely safe and can be used in conjunction with other forms of medical treatment.
A few small modifications may need to be made in order to allow the pregnant woman to undergo Reiki treatment comfortably. First, long sessions may be uncomfortable since remaining in the same position for an extended period of time may cause cramps and restlessness. Session length should be adjusted to accommodate the needs and comfort level of the mom-to-be. Second, traditional positions may be uncomfortable and should be modified to whatever helps the woman feel completely relaxed.
During pregnancy, Reiki focuses on three of the seven chakras, or force centers. Each of these chakras corresponds to a portion of the body most affected by pregnancy. The third eye chakra, solar plexus chakra, and sacral chakra correspond to the head, abdomen, and reproductive organs, respectively.
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Effects of Reiki During Pregnancy
During the very early stages of pregnancy, Reiki is often used to relieve morning sickness and stress. The many changes that a woman’s body goes through during the early stages of pregnancy can cause anxiety, which may negatively affect the woman’s aura. The use of Reiki can help to restore her aura to a state of balance.
The effects of Reiki during pregnancy were studied and found to be helpful by physicians at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. Their study found that using Reiki during pregnancy reduced anxiety by 94%, reduced nausea by 80%, reduced pain by 78%, and improved sleep by 86%.
As a woman approaches her due date, she can become impatient to give birth. The use of Reiki can help to calm and soothe her. As her body works to prepare for labor, Reiki can help relieve the associate aches and pains.
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Partner Benefits from Reiki
The practice of Reiki during pregnancy can also be beneficial for the father. Many partners train to practice Reiki so that they can support the mother-to-be as much as possible. During pregnancy, and after the child is born, many couples have a large amount of stress on their relationship. Reiki-trained fathers can help treat the mother throughout her pregnancy, helping him to feel more involved and connected to the process. He can also treat his own stress and fatigue, keeping him in optimal health.