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Reflexology in the 2ww, is it safe?!

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My friend is coming round on day 5 of my 2ww. She's studying reflexology and says she'll give me a session to help me relax. I really want to have a go but I'm just wondering - is it advisable in the 2ww? I'll ask my clinic too. Anyone here had any experience of reflexology? X

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I've had no experience but If its not something you've tried before pregnancy it's something I wouldn't ever risk while I'm hoping to get pregnant especially during the 2ww. No way! My clinic gave me a huge list of things I couldn't do... there are loads of other ways to relax, i wanted a BFP so bad that I would think a 100 times before eating or doing anything anyone else suggests.

Sorry for sounding a bit harsh but I'd only do what I feel comfortable with and the moment I'd have to think or ask anyone else about it I would throw the idea straight out.

Xx

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I guess I am worried which is why I know I must have posted this - so thank you for your response, I'll kindly let my friend know that it's a no to reflexology but I'll treat her to dinner and I'd love a chat! X

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Yes definately do that hun, I am sure even if you were to tell her your concern she would/should understand. It's very important to stay calm, relax and keep yourself happy so don't think of anything you wouldn't want to do these 2 weeks because only your in control. πŸ˜ƒ 😘

I had loads of little pampering πŸ™ˆ, I had hair conditioning, various facials, nail treatments during this time, it kept me happy and entertained. I am now 7 weeks today. X

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Congrats Rubinaa! I see you had 3 embies put back - is it too early to tell how many embryos have worked?! Amazing news, so happy for you, must have been so lovely to have the first scan x

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Yes it was lovely and emotional seeing the 2 hearts beating I was so happy.

Everyone body is different, and when I had quiet a lot of spotting I was panicked as had clotting too, that was at 5 weeks passed 5dt I went into EPU and they scanned me and said I'm having twins, they are great as they have scheduled a scan for me every 2 weeks u till I am handed over to pre natal unit.

For you, yes it's very very early to know how many have stuck... you will need to wait atleast 18-20 days I guess.

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Twins are so special xxxx I only had one embryo put back as I'm on my first NHS round and the clinic said that was what I had to have - but there wasn't a second good enough one anyway! X

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Yes I've been reading your posts, don't give up hope, I was actually annoyed at your clinic,first of all only transferring one whereas you had 4 others too, it's unfortunate they didn't make it to freeze but NHS could've done better and transferred atleast 2.

Never give up hope though. I'll keep you in my prayers.

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Yes I thought that - they could have put one of those 4 on day 5 in along with the best one x

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Exactly they could've done so much.

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Reflexology can be quite powerful, I had it for my endo years back and found it incredibly painful. It didn't help my endo either.

I know its useful for TTC naturally, and maybe before ET. But in the 2WW, I think you should avoid it. I am no expert but if I was on 2ww day 5 in, I think id be scared, particularly because she is not fully qualified yet.

If the cycle failed after having it, I'd possibly blame and wouldn't want to put a friend in that position.

xx

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You're right, I am worried about it so I think I'll have to politely turn the reflexology down in such an important and sensitive time x

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My understanding is that with things like reflexology and acupuncture there are certain areas that should be avoided if you’re pregnant. So you should only ever get them from a person qualified in pregnancy versions of them. Maybe one to miss this time x

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Hi

A lot of practitioners of alternative therapies will not touch you in the first trimester, it's risky, I think they probably don't do it for insurance purposes as well, so I do not think I would have the treatment. Particularly I would not have a treatment from someone who is studying and not fully qualified. It's not worth the risk for either of you I don't think.

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Hey, I had reflexology prior to my ET and my reflexologist told me that after ET she would not reccommend reflexology. If I did wish to continue with it she said it's not advisable until you reach 12+ weeks of pregnancy xxx

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Thank you

I've now turned down my friend's reflexology offer and she said she was thinking that maybe it wasn't a great idea anyway so that's good! X

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