Every Pregnant Woman Should Have A Pregnancy Massage!
Massage during pregnancy is a therapeutic type of bodywork that is designed to address the needs of the pregnant woman as her body goes through the typical changes of gestation. Massage can be received in all stages of pregnancy and is very safe and often recommended by medical physicians, obstetricians, midwives and other related professionals.
Massage during pregnancy is a therapeutic type of bodywork that is designed to address the needs of the pregnant woman as her body goes through the typical changes of gestation.
Massage can be received in all stages of pregnancy and is very safe and often recommended by medical physicians, obstetricians, midwives and other related professionals.
Prenatal massage helps in so many different ways:
Studies have shown many maternal and newborn health benefits when a relaxing massage is incorporated into regular prenatal care. Massage therapy performed during pregnancy can reduce and relieve muscles aches, ease joint pain, decrease anxiety, and prepare for an easy labour.
I believe that stress can be the cause of many health issues during pregnancy because many women do not slow down or take special care of themselves during this special time. Not because they do not want, simply because they can.
Massage during pregnancy is the only time a busy pregnant woman has to relax and take care of herself. A soothing pregnancy massage can help decrease norepinephrine and cortisol, which are stress hormones that can negatively affect a pregnancy. Receiving a regular massage can also increase dopamine and serotonin levels, which if low may lead to mood disorders including depression.
Edema is the swelling of face, joints and extremities during pregnancy. It is caused by an imbalanced water distribution within the tissues and by reduced circulation. Also, during the last stages of pregnancy, most likely during the third trimester, the growing uterus puts pressure on the major blood vessels leading to low circulation in the extremities. Pregnancy massage has the power to stimulate soft tissues and reduce accumulation of fluids in swollen joints like ankles.
Your registered massage therapist will most likely massage you while lying on your side during second and third trimester. Do not go to anyone who uses massage tables with holes or pillows with holes. This can be very uncomfortable.
There are many certified prenatal massage therapist around, so make sure to get someone who has experience with pregnant women because they know how to address specific pregnancy needs. Pregnant women have areas of their body that are more sensitive due to the changes of pregnancy, so make sure to tell your massage therapist if in any way you feel uncomfortable.
There are pressure points on the ankles and wrists that when massaged in a certain way, they can stimulate the uterus and cause contraction in a woman that is at risk. These points are should be massage very lightly. If your have experienced contractions like Braxton-Hicks contractions let your massage therapist know, so that she can make sure to apply the correct pressure and avoid touching these pressure points. Also, if you have any medical condition like high blood pressure, gestational diabetes, or other, please talk to your health care provider prior to receiving a massage during pregnancy.
The following video gives you a great overview of massage during pregnancy:
I hope you consider booking a pregnancy massage soon, and find out how much better you can feel.