The benefits of pregnancy massage

Pregnancy is a time of change: planning for a shift in your life; getting your home ready for a small, vulnerable new person; sharing your joy…

Pregnancy is a time when you're hyper-aware of your changing body, too. Being heavier than usual makes everything more of an effort. A shifting centre of gravity can literally throw you off balance. You may feel as if you're carrying the next David Beckham or an aspiring Rockette. Ouch!

Pregnancy may be a wonder of nature, but it's not easy. Even if you're deliciously hopeful and deliriously happy, you're prone to aches and pains. You may be hurting in places you didn't even know existed before you became an expectant mum.

How pregnancy massage can help

Prenatal massage can loosen sore, tight muscles and soothe tired, fluid-retaining legs. Massage can ease the back pain many women struggle with while pregnant. It can even make it easier for you to sleep due to the reduction of pain or the relaxation the massage brings.

Pregnancy massage can help you de-stress and lift your mood; it's been proven to decrease levels of cortisol and noradrenaline, a stress hormone, and increase serotonin and dopamine levels. It’s recommended that stress levels are kept to a minimum during pregnancy and pregnancy massage means less stress, more joy, and more serenity. Happy Mummy, happy baby.

Talk to your doctor about prenatal massage if…

It is a good idea to ask your doctor or midwife before booking a pregnancy message. It's especially important to do so if you have a high-risk pregnancy or are presently experiencing complications such as gestational diabetes or severe morning sickness. Look for a massage therapist who is both qualified and experienced.

A full pregnancy massage routine

Antenatal massage — massage while you're pregnant — is a way to nurture your body while your body is working hard nurturing a new life. Postnatal massage helps you recover after you've given birth. Both can help ease the challenges of this exciting but challenging time of life.

Take care of yourself and you'll take better care of your new baby. Untie those knots and feel good again. Don't let aches, pains and moodiness bring you down. With antenatal and postnatal pregnancy massage, it will be easier for you to enjoy your pregnancy and your time as a new mum.

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