There have always been ambiguities regarding the benefits of massage during pregnancy. There has not been much research to speak of in this field; however, studies now reveal that prenatal massage could indeed be quite a blessing. It helps in reducing stress, alleviate mood depression, and help loosen muscle stress, thus providing relief for aches and joint problems. It also improves blood circulation, which couldn’t be wrong during pregnancy.
Massage therapy during pregnancy improves heart health and increases dopamine production in the body, while reducing stress inducing hormones. As a consequence, the person feels more relaxed, less anxious and therefore, quite happy. Improved blood pressure means good news for the swellings, as they would be reduced.
Sciatic nerve pain, which is a frequent symptom in late pregnancy, is also reduced considerably. Through massage, muscles around the nerves ease up, relieving tension from the nerves. Added benefits are that the back pain is reduced, so are other many discomforts. What he also gets is peaceful sleep.
The most recommended massage during pregnancy is Swedish massage. It targets the discomforts related to pregnancy. Doctors generally have mixed responses about getting a massage during pregnancy. This might be due to the fact that the prenatal massage therapists are trained in various different ways.
Before you fix an appointment with a therapist, there are various points that you should be aware of:
- Get a permission slip from your OB/GYN, clearing you to get a massage. Ask them about the key factors that you should keep in mind for the massage, so that you know what you are getting into.
- Ask the therapist about the position they require to give massage. The best position, like it is with sleeping, is the side position.
- The therapist that you seek out must be a credible one. Make sure that he is a certified therapist in prenatal massage. It will not make do to take a regular experienced massage therapist; he has to be trained in pregnancy massage.
- Before you start with your prenatal massage therapy, give all the details of your pregnancy to the therapist. It is imperative that he knows about all the complications that you are facing or have faced in an earlier pregnancy. This is important as the therapist would then have a fair idea of what would be a safe massage for you.
Many therapists prefer to put the client in a face down position to provide massage. This will not only be uncomfortable, but also put undue strain on your abdomen and baby. This stress could be harmful. They might show you a massage table with a hole to accommodate your belly. This might seem like a good option but actually it’s not. Hanging your belly upside down would stretch your abdomen muscle and the stress will not lessen. Also, it is not a pleasing position at all. As you move along in your pregnancy, even lying on your back is not a good idea.
You can start a massage routine at any point during your pregnancy. However, most therapists discourage any massage therapy during the first trimester. This is because you are at the highest risk of miscarrying around this time. Apart from that factor, getting a massage routine is not a problem. It is also recommended to get a partner with you to the massage as then the therapist can show them a few tricks that you might perform on your own for various measures.