There are many women who are expecting a new edition to their family. Although this is an exciting time for the mother-to-be, we all know that she may also be a little stressed from the changes that are occurring in her everyday life and activities. Massage therapy is an excellent stress reducer and is a delightful, healthy choice in promoting overall wellness.
What is a Prenatal Massage
A prenatal massage is
a technique involving deep bodywork designed to improve your circulation, take some of the strain off your muscles and joins, and generally re-energize you.(1) Massage will help the mother to balance body, mind, and spirit. A massage will improve overall circulation, increase blood flow, and reduce stress hormones.
Is it Safe to get a Prenatal Massage While Expecting?
The answer is yes! However, not until after the first trimester. After the second trimester, you shouldn't lie on your stomach unless the LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) has a bod pillow. This is primarily because
the weight of your baby and uterus can reduce circulation to your placenta and create more problems(1) that can be detrimental to you and your unborn fetus.
Benefits of Prenatal Massage
There are many benefits to getting a prenatal massage. Here are just a few:
- reduce stress/anxiety
- improve circulation
- improve muscle relaxation
- reduce preeclampsia
- improve sleep
So, if you know someone who is expecting or if you'll be welcoming in your own new bundle of joy, you should relieve stress and improve your sleeping quality by getting a prenatal massage.