If you are expecting, you may notice that your body does not feel or look the same as it did prior to becoming pregnant. During pregnancy, many changes occur in the female body in adaptation for the fetus. There are many complaints associated with this, such as weight gain which causes stress on weight-bearing hips, and edema (or swelling) of the lower limbs. If you are experiencing aches and pains during pregnancy, here are a few benefits of getting a prenatal massage while your baby grows.
Encourages blood and lymph circulation
During pregnancy, your body produces 50% more blood and body fluids for your baby which leads to swelling. By choosing to get a massage, your massage therapist strokes the affected area towards your heart using firm pressure to help move the excess fluid out of the area.
Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
Joints become less stable and looser during pregnancy; which is the reason you tend to “waddle” while you walk. A massage can help ease your joint pain and make carrying your baby for the months to come more bearable. Many pregnant women also experience sciatic pain; which means your uterus is resting on muscles of the pelvic floor and lower back which spreads tension to the upper and lower leg muscles. This causes your legs to swell and put pressure on nearby nerves. Prenatal massage therapy is a great way to reduce stress on weight-bearing joints.
Relaxes nervous tension
Stress and anxiety is normal during this time; it just comes with the territory. If stress and anxiety are keeping you from getting sleep at night, a prenatal massage can help immensely. During the massage, your massage therapist will ensure that you are as comfortable and relaxed as possible to allow you to decompress and focus on yourself. Studies have shown that hormone levels associated with stress are altered when you get a massage during pregnancy. Taking the time to get a prenatal massage is not only beneficial for your overall mental and physical health, it also stimulates hormones that are conducive to sleep. Sleep helps to combat depression as well, which is a common side effect of the change in hormones during pregnancy.
Provides flexibility to birthing muscles
A woman’s physical flexibility and kinesthetic awareness allow her to actively participate in the birthing process. A prenatal massage can help ensure flexibility and optimal movement and positioning choices during the birthing process. A major benefit of prenatal massages is the awareness bond that is created within your body during pregnancy. Increased bodily awareness leads to increased sensory awareness; which ultimately helps to control the muscles, and often helps women go into labor with more ease and less pain.
If you are experiencing any of these effects of pregnancy, please consider a prenatal massage. Your health is just as important as your growing baby’s health. By relieving your aches and pains naturally with massage therapy, you will be able to go about your everyday life comfortably and with ease. Give us a call to experience the benefits of prenatal massage therapy today!