Prenatal Massage- Massage during Pregnancy

What is prenatal massage?

While pregnancy is a period of joy it brings with it a share of pains and aches. Several physical discomforts, backaches, muscular tension etc. occur due to changing hormone levels, increase in weight and shifting posture. Prenatal massages intend to improve circulation, moderate aches and pains, ease muscular tensions and other pregnancy related symptoms. It does improve mood of the mom- to- be and helps de-stress.

Some of the body parts which need special attention are back, neck and shoulder. Massaging the legs reduces blood pooling and full body massage to the head/scalp, feet, hands and face area provides relief from tensions and aches.

Is prenatal massage any different from regular massage?

Massage should be done gently and pressure should be applied only at particular places which experienced masseuse knows. Prenatal Massage differs from a normal massage as special knowledge of the body is required for this. Pregnant mothers are very sensitive and masseurs will need to be careful when giving massages as to not harm the baby in any way. The positioning of the mother and the intensity of the massage is very important. Prenatal massage cannot be done by anyone only experienced masseurs apply ways that are safe and effective and provide special pampering and comfort.

How does prenatal massage help?

There are many benefits of prenatal massage which includes:

  • Increase in circulation
  • Improvement of digestion
  • Reduction of fatigue
  • Reduction in swelling in hands and lower legs, fewer calf cramps
  • Eases backaches, headaches, shoulder and neck aches caused due to muscular tension and postures to accommodate the increasing weight
  • minimizes pain in the pelvic/hip area
  • Lessens stress on weight bearing joints such as knees, ankle and lower back
  • Promotes relaxation and deep breathing
  • Reduces stress hormones
  • Decreased insomnia
  • Helps in maintaining proper posture

Prenatal massage is beneficial emotionally as well as it allows pregnant women to unwind, feel calm, healthy and comforted during the period of physical and emotional stress. Pregnancy can be a time of stress. You are constantly worrying about the act of giving birth, your body, your child’s health, being a parent, etc. A massage during pregnancy will help you get your mind off things and de-stress.

How should prenatal massage be done?

Prenatal massage can be done in different ways. Expectant moms mostly lie on their sides. A newly designed pillow especially for expecting mothers is available. This pillow has deep center cutout enabling the moms to lie flat on their bellies making them relaxed and comfortable. Lying flat on back reduces circulation of blood to the mother and child; pillows are used to keep the mother's body in elevated position. Body pillows are used for side lying positions too.

Do I need to consult a doctor before doing prenatal massage?

Though massage is safe for most mothers, still it is always a good idea to check with your doctor prior to getting one. For woman with high BP or diabetes, prenatal massage is not recommended.

When and how often should I do it?

Mostly it is recommended to have Prenatal massage at least once a month. Duration of the massage can be anywhere from 10 minutes to one hour, depending on your comfort and time on hand. Massage once a week during 2nd trimester and twice a week or more during 3rd trimester are ideal. This is to keep you rejuvenated and ready for the actual birth. No matter how far along you are, a massage during pregnancy is sure to keep you and your baby healthy and happy.

Note:

After delivery, new moms are under all kind of emotional and physical stress, especially sleep deprivation. Post partum massage is therapeutic, helping the body to return to its normal state by adjusting to the physical and emotional demands of their little one.

Comments

The baby needs prenatal

The baby needs prenatal because you will never know what are the complications when you deliver so always make sure to check regularly.

I don't have tried to test

I don't have tried to test the pregnancy massage but every woman needs it to be more comfortable and for her baby.