There is no more important time to care for your body than during pregnancy. For most women, this care comes in the form of good nutrition, gentle exercise, and regular visits to the doctor. These are all important elements of prenatal care, but there is another healthy action you might want to consider taking — getting a massage every week or two! Massages have a wide range of benefits for both you and your baby.
As excited as you probably are to bring a little one into this world, you are sure to be under some stress at this time. Having a baby is a big life change, and there are worries about the labor and delivery. Massage is excellent for stress relief. When you leave your appointment feeling relaxed and at ease, you will be able to get better sleep, and you'll be better able to relax and enjoy the more positive aspects of being pregnant.
If you have not dealt with swollen ankles yet, they're coming! Swelling and trouble with fluid regulation are common during pregnancy since your uterus puts pressure on certain veins, constricting circulation. Plus, you have an increased blood volume. Massage helps encourage some of the fluid to return to your blood vessels, which can make you so much more comfortable. It is also good for you, since reducing swelling will help prevent blood clots, varicose veins, and other circulation issues that are common in pregnancy.
Reduced Back Pain
Back pain during pregnancy has multiple causes. Your growing abdomen pulls on your back, resulting in muscle tension. Your back muscles also have to work harder to carry your increasing weight. Massage can address both of these causes, along with the stress that can make back pain worse. Massage therapists typically spend a lot of time focusing on the back during a prenatal massage, which will feel really great.
When you're pregnant, you can feel really stiff. Some of this is just because you suddenly have a big abdomen to work around. Some if it is also due to muscle tension and stress in general. A lack of flexibility can make it tough to tie your shoes and do other basic tasks. Massage can loosen you up and improve flexibility, making everyday living so much easier.
Prenatal massage is safe, natural, and effective. Talk to a massage therapist if you have any lingering questions or concerns.