The Benefits of Massage During Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a beautiful time in a woman’s life, yet it is also stressful -- both physically and emotionally. The anticipation of bringing a child into the world is exciting, but with it comes many worries and anxiety.
Plus, the physical demands that are placed on a woman’s body during pregnancy are immense. In the early months, nausea and fatigue can be taxing. Later, the weight of the baby and the crowding of abdominal organs can cause leg cramps, lower back pain and digestive issues.
If you or someone you know is expecting, regular massages or classes to teach partner massage can help alleviate some of the stressors during pregnancy ensuring a more beautiful journey for mom and baby.
A study printed in the Journal of Body Work and Movement Therapies found that pregnant women who received massage from their partner twice weekly reported a decrease in leg pain, back pain, depression, anxiety and anger. The partners who gave the massages also reported a decrease in depression, anxiety and anger. The authors also found an improvement in the relationships between the pregnant women and their partners.
Receiving massages and learning about the benefits of massage are wonderful for the expecting mom not only to relieve common issues during pregnancy, but also for potential benefits to the child. It can also be a great way to relax and reduce stress and anxiety.
Learning and performing infant massage can help relieve colic and help build a strong bond between parents and their new baby.
For a more comfortable, less stressful pregnancy, treat yourself to a massage today!
Field T, Figueirdo B, Hernandez-Reif M, et al. Massage therapy reduces pain in pregnant women, alleviates prenatal depression in both parents and improves their relationships. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies. 2008;12(2):146-150.