Al in 2011 heeft onderzoek uitgewezen dat reflexzonetherapie zwangerschap en bevalling verlicht.
Women who received reflexology experienced shorter labor times and used less analgesia. In addition, reflexology showed a positive impact on postpartum depression, anxiety, urination and bowel movements. Reflexology work during pregnancy or delivery creates easier birthing / delivery: lessened use of analgesia; reduced duration of labor and labor pains, improvement in primary inertia and retention of placenta. Chinese researchers have found reflexology to be beneficial for women throughout the child-bearing experience from conception to
post-partum issues: improvement in fertility; lessened anxiety and depression for postpartum women; quicker recovery of gastrointestinal function following Cesarean section; quicker recovery of urinary system and gastrointestinal function for postpartum women; easier lactation. Research shows that reflexology benefits newborn infants as well. For premature infants, those who received reflexology showed “Significant differences in sleep duration and total sleep time as well as better 7-day and 30-day weight gain” in contrast to infants in the Control Group (breast feeding and premature infant care practices). Fuller information In Medical Applications of Reflexology, Part II: Findings in Research about Post-operative Care, Maternity Care and Cancer Care, Kunz, Barbara and Kevin, RRP Press, 2011