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Reiki for Pregnant Women

The word” Reiki “combines two Japanese words Rei and ki which essentially means universal life force energy. This healing technique requires a Reiki practitioner to lay his hands on or above the body gently and allows the unseen life force energy flow through the palm of their hands to the recipient. This energy that is guided spiritually flows wherever it is required and helps balance and heal the subtle energies within the recipient’s body. It can be used to treat the whole body efficiently, using a simple, natural, and safe healing technique that has a beneficial effect on your mind, body, emotions, and spirit, bringing health and happiness.

Reiki during Pregnancy

Reiki can be used safely for pregnant women. It does not cause any harm to the mother or her unborn baby, thereby making it safe to be used not only during all stages of pregnancy, but also during conception and child birth.

The body of an expectant mother goes through a lot of changes during pregnancy; the energy balance in her body is under constant pressure, potentially making her “weaker” physically and emotionally. Taking a Reiki treatment during pregnancy helps balance her energies and cleanses body and spirit, helping her relax deeply and react quickly to all body changes and lifestyle. This is highly beneficial in helping her pregnancy to develop in a stable and natural manner.

Of course, you must seek doctor’s attention if you notice anything out of the ordinary.

Benefits of Reiki for Pregnant Women

Eases Physical Discomfort: Reiki healing is effective for relieving physical discomforts often associated to pregnancy. The human hormones associated with pregnancy often cause gastric problems during pregnancy. An energy healing treatment during pregnancy not only helps in relaxing the gastrointestinal walls, thereby reducing the sensation of nausea, but also aids in providing relief from hip, back or ligament pain that is often experienced by pregnant women as their pregnancy progresses. In fact, taking a Reiki treatment during pregnancy can relax you completely, greatly reducing fatigue, anxiety and sleep problems.


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Provide Emotional Support: Juggling the demands related to the expectations of families, jobs or relationship with their partner can often make a pregnant woman quite stressed and tired. A Reiki treatment done during pregnancy not only helps an expecting mother stay grounded emotionally, but also instills serenity and peace and calms her fears related to pregnancy and delivery.

Make the Process of Delivery Easier: Reiki treatment given during the time of labor helps reduce pain associated with pelvic and back area to a great extent. This safe and natural treatment not only aids in reducing anxiety of the expectant mother during labor, but also helps create a peaceful and serene atmosphere for the baby. In fact, studies have shown pregnant women who practice Reiki during their pregnancy are less likely to need  having a C- section even if they happen to have gone through cesarean surgeries earlier.

Helps in Post Partum Recovery: The body of a pregnant woman tends to undergo tremendous changes after delivery. Reiki treatment given at this point of time can prove to be highly beneficial in healing their physical and emotional levels and maintain their well being during the first few weeks after child birth. Moreover, since the advent of the new baby can cause an emotional upheaval for a new mother, it can help her adjust to the new environment and take care of a baby more easily.

Helps the Baby Stay Healthy and Happy: When a Reiki treatment is given to a pregnant woman, it proves to be highly beneficial in helping build a strong spiritual relationship between the mother and her unborn baby. It helps the unborn baby stay calm and relaxed, but it is also said that sometimes it makes the unborn wriggle happily inside his mother’s womb. In fact, healing sessions that are done during pregnancy generally make the baby easygoing, thereby making it easy for young mothers to take care of their little ones in more easy and simple manner.

How can pregnant women practice Reiki during pregnancy?

For pregnant women to practice Reiki on their own, they of course need to be attuned by a Reiki master. Once attuned, following these simple guidelines listed below can help them go through pregnancy healthy and happily.

Of course, it’s always recommended to follow your intuition and send energy wherever you feel it’s most needed. But here are some recommended hand positions:

  • Place one hand on the back and the other hand on sternum
  • Place one hand on the base of the spine and the other hand on the base of the neck
  • The feet of pregnant women are often strained, so treating them with Reiki can help you feel relaxed and comfortable
  • In late pregnancy a woman’ stomach often tends to feel heavy. Place both your hands on the base of both sides of the stomach – this can make you feel very comfortable
  • Remember to also give Reiki to the whole body, so that you don’t create imbalances in certain parts.

Reiki is a perfect option for all pregnant women who are looking for a more holistic way for treating both their mind and body. A Reiki treatment strengthens the body, emotions and spirit of a pregnant woman from within, giving her the strength to go through her pregnancy in a happy and healthy manner.

{ 13 comments… add one }
  • shareef September 4, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Is time needed underestimate him or possible 30 minutes

  • ali salari February 10, 2014, 3:56 pm

    Hi I am Ali from Iran would be happy to participate if you email me the book and affection. thank you

  • Paula Smith June 20, 2014, 11:50 am

    Thanks so much for sending this valuable information about Reiki for pregnant women. It was so interesting. I will e-mail them to my daughter and hope that she will ask me to give her a good treatment.Light and love. Paula Smith

  • Kirsty jones July 8, 2014, 11:42 am

    What’s best position for pregnant recipient to be in, as laying flat during pregnancy isn’t recommended.

  • Marleen van Hoef-Peerlings July 9, 2014, 7:46 am

    Thank you for the inspiring articles. I do Reiki 1 and 2. What reiki can I send to someone to get pregnant at all and especially to the husband to improve the quality and quantity of the seed?

  • Ellie August 23, 2014, 4:34 am

    I would like to know who wrote this article so I can give the right credits, I am sharing some of the article on my reiki page. Thank you!!!!

  • Rosemary E. King September 3, 2014, 3:30 pm

    I’m a birth doula and I use Reiki on my clients.
    For those that want to provide Reiki to others, be sure the mom is either sitting up with her belly slightly over the chair or have her lay on her left side for the treatment and provide pillows for additional comfort. Do not have her in a semi-reclining position. This could cause her baby to turn from an anterior position (baby head on stomach) to a posterior position (baby head on spine, AKA sunny side up). But don’t try to figure out the baby positioning. Many babies flip on their own throughout the third trimester, however it’s best not to encourage bad positioning late in pregnancy.

    • Salome September 15, 2014, 5:36 am

      Thank you for that info Rosemary! I am just starting to offer doula services, Reiki included, and that was very helpful to know! Many blessings!

  • Helena September 17, 2014, 9:16 am

    Thank you for the information. I would love to post some of the information on my Reiki page.
    I would like to know who wrote the article so I can give the credit.
    Love and light.

  • jessica sarter November 1, 2014, 6:20 pm

    Hello, I would like to use this article on my website with your permission. Who is the author?

  • edith November 9, 2014, 2:17 pm

    Like your information

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