by Jo Ann Warren, Certified Reiki Master and Spiritual Development Mentor

Reiki101414Did you know that Reiki can improve your prenatal health and overall feelings of well-being. Reiki treatments in early pregnancy have been shown to reduce many common discomforts such as exhaustion and nausea, while easing stress, and promoting relaxation. In fact, a 2014 study published by the “Art of Healing” Integrative Medicine Program at The Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, showed that regular Reiki healing treatments during pregnancy had the following effect on participants: Pregnant mamas receiving regular Reiki healing treatments reported reduced stress and anxiety by 94%, reduced pain during pregnancy by 78% and a reduction in nausea and morning sickness by 80%. The study also showed that a woman’s quality of sleep was improved by 86% when Reiki sessions were included in prenatal care.

Throughout pregnancy, Reiki provides relief as the mother’s body grows and changes, and may lower back pain, tension in the neck and shoulders, and improvement in the quality of sleep. On a mental, emotional, and spiritual level, Reiki can ease anxiety and fear in a woman who is unsure of herself and her body as childbirth approaches or who worries about motherhood. When you are relieved of some of the physical and emotional discomforts of pregnancy, you will sleep more soundly and feel more relaxed, positive and connected with your baby. Happy Mama, Happy Baby!