Relaxation during Pregnancy using Acupressure

That special day is approaching and although you may have another 2 months until your due date, your nesting has begun and you’re already packing your hospital bag…well it’s turning more into a case load now.

You’re excited and curious to meet that little mover inside of you yet also nervous for the labour, birth and after-birth.

Throughout your pregnancy doctors, nurses, husband, mum, mum-in-law, friends, next door neighbours, lady in the supermarket queue and just about anybody have shared their two pence worth on why and how to be healthy for you and for your baby, some advice very sound yet some a bit wary.  Two of the most important and most common things that have probably been mentioned are healthy eating and relaxation.

There are many ways to relax but one thing that is worth trying as it is easy to do, anywhere and at any time and is free is acupressure.  Acupressure is pressure most commonly applied by the index finger and the thumb to specific areas of the body called acupoints, which, when stimulated, can decrease a sensation such as pain.

Here are a couple of points to try out specifically for relaxation, each done for 1-2 minutes (should be an aching sensation after the first few seconds):

  • Point 1 can be found in that webby bit of skin between the big toe and second toe.
  • Point 2 is found four fingers breadth below the kneecap and slightly to the outer side of the leg.

If you can get someone else to do these to you, even better but certainly not a requirement.

Enjoy and let us know how they go or if any other acupoints have worked for you for relaxation.

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