Prenatal massage or pregnancy massage is increasingly gaining popularity as pregnant women begin recognizing the benefits prenatal massage has to offer women during pregnancy. Back pain is one of the more common side effects of pregnancy. Back pain can continue throughout pregnancy and even after. If you have to carry around other small children you may find your symptoms exacerbated during pregnancy.
Fortunately prenatal massage or pregnancy massage can help relieve back pain associated with muscular tension. Here are just a few of the other benefits prenatal massage has to offer:
- Prenatal massage helps relieve edema or swelling by stimulating circulation throughout the body.
- Leg massage can help reduce leg cramps and swelling in the legs.
- Massage is very beneficial for relaxing anxiety during pregnancy.
- Massage can help promote more restful sleep and help prevent pregnancy related insomnia.
- Pregnancy massage may relax your baby, particularly if you have your abdomen gently stroked.
It is vital however that you seek the assistance of a qualified professional who offers massage during pregnancy. Massaging the wrong areas or focusing on certain acupressure points may actually trigger uterine contractions in some women. Fortunately Registered Massage Therapists trained in prenatal massage know exactly what areas to avoid and what areas to focus on to provide pregnant women the most benefits during a massage therapy session. Toward the end of your pregnancy you might consider a prenatal massage to relax you during labor or even help strengthen your contractions!
Before signing up for a massage you might check in with your healthcare provider to be sure your doctor approves massage in your condition. Most physicians will gladly recommend a massage, but may recommend the massage therapist avoid massaging your lower back or abdomen.
Whether you’re in your first, second or third trimester, you can probably benefit from a soothing prenatal massage.
Please see the article in Canadian Family titled: “Top 4 Soothing Benefits of Prenatal Massage“
Please see the blog by Jenna Birtch, RMT titled: “Benefits of Massage for Pregnant Women“