There are many amazing benefits to getting regular prenatal massage during a pregnancy. It not only helps the prospective mother feel better, but it can also improve her overall health and the health of her unborn child. If you have been considering getting yourself, or that special woman in your life, a prenatal massage, then here are some of the benefits that you can look forward to.
Swelling is a very common occurrence during pregnancy, and prenatal massage is one of the best ways to reduce the swelling that pregnancy brings about. It allows the excess fluids in the different tissues within the body to move to where the body actually needs them, and eliminate the rest instead of storing it in the legs, ankles and feet. The pressure that the unborn child puts on the lower half of the body is great, and prenatal massage reduces this pressure and improves overall circulation. This improves the health of the mother and keeps the swelling to a minimum.
Another benefit that most pregnant women feel after prenatal massage is a reduction in sciatic pain. Pain in the back and upper thighs during pregnancy is a common complaint, especially as the pregnancy progresses. If the pregnant woman goes in and gets a massage, she is likely to experience relief in terms of how bad her back hurts, and how much movement she has during everyday activities. This can also be a big help when labor begins, as if her pain is managed, she will likely be able to progress through it with less discomfort, and recover more quickly after the baby is born.
Many pregnant women who have gone in for prenatal massages also note that their joints hurt a lot less on a daily basis, they experience fewer migraines and headaches, and that they get better quality sleep. Sleep is difficult when pregnant due to all of the changes that a woman’s body has to go through, so anything that will bring her quality of sleep up is helpful to both the woman and the unborn baby, plus it helps those around her sleep more soundly as well.
The regulation of hormones during prenatal massage allows the body to remain healthier, plus the overall mood of the pregnant woman to remain more stable. It is common that during pregnancy, women go from one extreme to the other, emotionally, which is often a result of hormone fluctuations. Getting a prenatal massage allows those same hormones to be better regulated naturally, allowing her to feel better, and allowing those around her to not have to worry about an emotional outburst. The more the hormones are regulated during pregnancy, the more relaxed the woman is able to feel, and the healthier she will be able to remain.
One of the lessor known benefits of prenatal massage is a boost in how the pregnant woman feels. Many women experience depression during their pregnancy for one reason or another, so going out and getting a prenatal massage can be a big boost to how she feels. It will improve overall circulation, help keep the ups and downs of hormones to a minimum, and boost the dopamine that is running through her body. The ability of a massage to reduce stress and overall aches and pains is well documented, but when pregnant, this benefit is one of the more important ones to the recipient.
If you are considering a prenatal massage for yourself or a loved one, you need to make sure that you take precautions first. If a prenatal massage is not done right, it can harm both the mother and the child, and in some cases, even go so far as to induce labor prematurely. You need to make sure the person you are going to for the massage has experience and education in how to massage a pregnant woman’s body. This must be done carefully, and there are specific classes one can take to learn how to go about this process safely. If you are not sure if the practitioner is educated, just ask. If you cannot see the certifications for yourself, you are best looking elsewhere.
Also, you need to make sure that the right steps are taken to ensure she is lying in the right position to be able to be comfortable and safe during the massage. As the pregnancy progresses, lying on the back is not recommended as it can restrict blood flow to the uterus. Lying on the stomach is never recommended for a pregnant woman, and not all massage studios have tables designed specifically for a pregnant woman. In this particular case, you are best calling to find out which position is used, and make sure the person who is going in for the prenatal massage is comfortable lying in that position for as long as the massage will last.