The benefits of pregnancy massage
Pregnancy is a time of change. You're 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. A growing bump and being heavier than usual can make everything feel more of an effort. A shifting centre of gravity can literally throw you off balance. And, at times, you may feel as if you're carrying an aspiring footballer or boxer - 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 can pregnancy massage help?
Pregnancy is the perfect time to consider treating yourself to a massage – here’s why.
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.
Massage can just help to make your journey to motherhood a little more comfortable. Booking yourself in for a massage is like saying thank you to your body for growing that new life inside you.
Emotional and mental health benefits
It’s recommended that stress levels are kept to a minimum during pregnancy. 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.
So, pregnancy massage means less stress, more joy, and more serenity. Happy mummy, happy baby.
Talk to your doctor about prenatal massage if…
It's a good idea to ask your doctor or midwife before booking a pregnancy massage. 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.
It's also important to look for a massage therapist who is both qualified and experienced. A properly trained prenatal massage therapist will know how to position your pregnant body and which techniques are safe to use for you and your baby.
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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