Pregnancies can be a wonderful, life-changing experience for both parents. But the process of growing a healthy baby can put a lot of stress on a mother’s mind and body. And if a mother is stressed out or is feeling physically tense during a pregnancy, the baby can be directly affected by the emotions and physical discomfort that can occur.
To help soothe mom and baby during the nine months of rapid growth, changing hormones and overall exhaustion, expectant mothers should include regular massage therapy sessions into their overall prenatal plan.
If Mama’s Happy, Everybody’s Happy
As expectant moms grow a baby inside their bodies, there are so many changes -- both physical and mental -- that occur throughout the three trimesters of pregnancy. These changes can bring stress and discomfort to areas of your body that you may not have experienced issues with before.
To help alleviate the discomfort common during pregnancy, expectant moms can really benefit from massage in the shoulder, lower back, hips and feet areas. Including prenatal massage into your pregnancy routine is not only good for promoting health and wellness for mom, but also for the baby.
The overall benefits of prenatal massage for mom and baby include:
- Improves circulation throughout the pregnancy.
- Reduces swelling in mom’s ankles and feet by keeping blood and lymphatic fluids flowing.
- Helps reduce mom’s sciatica pain as the baby gets bigger.
- Helps the baby to relax and have a healthier growing process.
- Prepares the body for labor and delivery.
Expectant Moms Deserve a Relaxing, Therapeutic Experience
Some women may be hesitant to get a prenatal massage because they’re afraid that if a therapist touches a certain spot that they will be put into labor. This misconception isn’t necessarily true, especially if the therapist is properly trained, there is open communication between the therapist and the client, and proper precautions are taken.
Deep pressure can be used during a prenatal massage if the client requests it, but we don't suggest doing a deep tissue massage from head to toe as this approach can stress the body too much. Therapists also shouldn’t do trigger point therapy throughout the entire massage either, but should focus on keeping prenatal massage pressure consistently moderate and within the client’s preferred pressure level. You should expect a massage experience that is safe, relaxing, therapeutic and customized to your specific needs.
Setup Important for Comfort and Safety
While some modifications have to be made during a prenatal massage to ensure a mother’s comfort and the baby’s safety, there are several different setups that can make a prenatal massage relaxing and enjoyable.
A common option is called “sidelining,” which includes propping clients up on their side with various pillows. Since pregnant women aren’t supposed to lie on their backs for long periods of time, it’s important to use a wedge to prop up the client’s upper body from the table when they’re in the face-up position.
If you’re expecting to add a bundle of joy to your family soon and you’d like to feel some relief from your body’s discomfort during the pregnancy, schedule a prenatal massage for a soothing therapeutic experience for both you and your baby. Feel free to visit the studio before your massage to walk through the room, see the prenatal setup that your studio offers, and get comfortable about the experience before your actual appointment.