Pregnancy, without a doubt, can be one of the most stressful times of your life. Whether it is your first time or not, the stress levels endured by mothers-to-be do not reduce by much. In these trying times, care must be taken to ensure that you remain as stress-free as possible, in the circumstances.
What is a Prenatal Massage?
A prenatal massage is not different in many ways to a regular massage. The aim of the action is to help the mother become relaxed, work out tension from muscles, reduce soreness and improve the flow of blood in the body. The actual body parts covered may range from foot massages in pregnancy, to head massages when pregnant.
When Can You Have a Massage?
Although it sounds harmless and it really is, there is a misconception that a prenatal massage at the start of the pregnancy is harmful to the formation of the foetus. As a result, many massage centres do not allow pregnancy massages for women in the first trimester of their pregnancy. However, it has been found that the massages do not affect the child, in any way. Most experts recommend getting these massages throughout the period of pregnancy, as they are beneficial.
Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy
Among the many benefits of a prenatal massage, a few are listed below.
Helps alleviate stress on the joints, which are always bearing the weight
Reduces stress in the muscles of the body, and the associated tendons and ligaments
Reduces many common discomforts which affect pregnant women, including back pain, foot pain, headaches, leg cramps and stiffness in the joints
Alleviates the risk of heartburn, fatigue, acid reflux, nasal congestion and hip joint pain in mothers
Improves blood circulation, which helps increase the strength of immunity and removal of toxins
Reduces the chances of depression, stress, and anxiety by restoring the hormonal balance in the body
Facilitates the release of endorphins in the body, which helps the mother sleep easily and feel more relaxed
Increases muscle tone and flexibility, which helps the mother carry the extra weight easily
Helps keep the blood pressure in the normal range and reduces the load on the heart
Improves the health of the skin, and the underlying tissues
Increases the blood flow to the uterus and placenta, to help the baby
Imparts a sedating effect on the nervous system, and facilitates easier delivery of the baby
Things to Do Before a Massage
The massage has to be done carefully since it has a direct effect on the health of the mother and baby. There are many things to note, depending upon whether the massage is done at home or in the clinic.
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