Prenatal Massage And Its Benefits
Pregnancy brings many changes to your body and unfortunately, some of these changes are painful like an aching back, hips, ribs, nausea, insomnia, swollen feet, unpredictable hormones, etc. However, there is a way to ease some of these discomforts and even improve your labour and delivery. The secret is prenatal massage.
This massage should be done exclusively by a trained prenatal massage therapists as they know the sore and swollen spots in a pregnant woman. Read about the prenatal massage and its benefits.
What is Prenatal Massage?
It is the technique involving the relaxation of muscles and joints, ease certain sore spots, increase mobility and, most importantly, make you feel good. It is tailored specifically to your needs as a pregnant woman and your changing body by a therapist who should be trained in prenatal massage and can adjust her technique accordingly. If massage is given to an expectant mum, she receives the benefits of relaxation and passes them on to her unborn child.
Benefits of Prenatal Message
Whoever has had a professional massage (whether pregnant or not) knows that both mind and body feel better after a rubdown. There are certain benefits of massage for pregnant women.
- Prenatal massage increases blood circulation which brings the oxygen and nutrients, resulting in better nourishment and greater viability to the unborn child.
- It promotes relaxation, easier breathing and sleeping among pregnant women.
- It relieves stress on weight-bearing joints such as lower back, pelvis, and ankles.
- Muscle and skin tone also gets improved.
- It promotes a state of well-being and pampers you.
- It can help to reduce the anxiety and nervousness caused by hormonal changes.
- Massage will provide you with some relief from muscle discomfort such as cramping, tightening, stiffness, and knots.
- It reduces the risk of pregnancy complications, including premature birth.
- Prenatal massage is designed keeping in mind the pregnant body and the constant changes it goes through, focusing particularly on the tender areas.
- Studies also show that regular massage helps the baby to come out properly in natural birth, allows mother and baby to bond well, improves sleep patterns in the newborn and reduces the rate of postnatal complications.
- Always have a certified prenatal massage therapist perform your massage.
- To find a certified prenatal massage therapist, ask for recommendations from your doctor, hospital, or your regular massage therapist.
- During the massage, direct and continuous pressure should not be applied to the area between your ankle bone and heel. Many therapists and reflexologists consider this area to be connected with the uterus and vagina and it is thought that heavy pressure on this area may induce early labour.
- Never lie on your back for a massage after the 20th week of pregnancy.
- You should never experience pain during a massage. Alert your therapist immediately if you do and they should stop.