Why Prenatal Massage is important?
A woman’s body goes through a myriad of changes during pregnancy. Prenatal massage is important because it can help with these changes by first giving you the much deserved and needed time out to relax and reduce stress. It also helps to prepare you mentally and physically for birth.
It can further ease common pregnancy related issues such as:
- aches, pains and swelling in the arms and legs
- restless leg syndrome
- pelvic girdle pain and pelvic pain
- symphysis pubis dysfunction and leg cramps
- can also aid and improve your sleep
- and release tension in the ribs, back, neck and buttock
Prenatal massage may also be especially helpful in times when medication and other medical options are limited. Restoring balance through massage can help prevent minor problems from progressing into something more serious.
When can you get a Prenatal Massage?
Prenatal Massage 1st Trimester
Because there is an increased risk for miscarriage associated with the first trimester of pregnancy, due to various reasons, better to not stimulate your body in any situation it is not familiar with. That includes foot and back massage for pregnant women.
Prenatal Massage 2nd & 3rd Trimester
Pregnant moms can usually receive a prenatal massage from the second trimester through to the full term of their pregnancy. Pressure of the massage can vary, depending on individual needs and comfort level.
What is done during a Prenatal Massage?
During the session, they are usually side-lying, while some might prefer being more upright. Some clinics (like ours at Guthrie House) have pregnancy couches that allow moms to lie face down like a pre-pregnancy massage. They have an adjustable hole to accommodate the baby bump through the different stages of pregnancy. Essentially, whatever position that is most comfortable for the mom is the best one.