It has long been understood that massage is a holistic means of improving health, relieving stress, and addressing muscle pain. However, many women do not know that the benefits of a prenatal massage are the same and can result in improvement for both mother and baby.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
Research shows that prenatal massage can be done safely and can improve a pregnant woman’s overall health. Prenatal massage can have a number of positive effects on pregnancy, including:
- Reducing stress
- Decreasing anxiety and negative feelings
- Alleviating depression
- Addressing muscle and joint pains without the use of pain killers
- Improving the labor process
- Reducing the amount of swelling in the body
Much of the positive effect of prenatal massage can be attributed to increased blood circulation and the elimination of tension within the muscles. Prenatal massage has the dual benefit of addressing both physical and emotional issues and should be considered as a way to supplement your medical care.
Prenatal Massage Considerations
In order to ensure your prenatal massage is done correctly, look for a practitioner who is certified in prenatal massage. For comfort, look for a massage therapist who uses a special massage table that is designed for pregnant women or who suggests that you lie on your side. Additionally, there are a number of pressure points in the body, particularly in the feet, ankles, and wrists that have been known to stimulate the uterine muscles. To avoid triggering contractions, it is important that these areas be avoided during the massage.
If you have a high risk pregnancy or are concerned about the benefits of a prenatal massage, speak with your OBGYN. As with any holistic treatment, it is important that your doctor be informed about your activities so that they may adjust your treatment as needed.
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