Massage and pregnancy - enjoying this special time
Having a baby can be both exciting and terrifying at the same time. You're bringing a new life into the world, you're growing your family, but huge changes occur in your body. Sometimes it's hard to make sense of it and you feel conflicted; you're excited about your baby but your body is doing things it hasn't done before. Pregnancy massage can help you negotiate this changing period in your life, and bring comfort and joy during this special time.
Massage is beneficial to you and your baby, both emotionally and physically. Emotionally, it may help with relaxation and relief from the stresses that pregnancy can bring. Physically, it helps alleviate the aches and pains that are associated with pregnancy. Endorphins are released during massage and benefit both you and your baby. It's not unusual for baby to kick in response to treatment!
While regular massage may help reduce anxiety, aches, and pains that come along with pregnancy, it will also help you with body awareness. Understanding your body better can increase your ability to relax during the early stages of labour, so it's great practice for the big day!
Further, research suggests that massage increases prolactin (a lactation hormone) while stimulating relaxation in the chest muscles, opening the shoulders, and potentially improving the production of milk, which fosters successful breastfeeding.
If you're thinking of pregnancy massage, stop thinking about it! Find a therapist* who is qualified in pregnancy massage so that you can take advantage of this wonderful treatment, which is beneficial for both you and your baby.
*Spas and salons are often not qualified to deliver this particular type of treatment and you may find that they send you away. It's crucial that you find someone who is qualified in prenatal or pregnancy massage to get the most from your massage.
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