Prenatal massage; casting light on it's benefits

In this article you will learn about:

Prenatal Massage

Benefits of massage

We want you to feel informed and empowered as you consider adding prenatal massage into your pregnancy routine. It is time to cover all this article's essential details, so let's dive in!

Understanding the Basics Behind Prenatal Massage

Prenatal massage is specifically designed to target stressed and tight areas of the body and provide relief to women during their pregnancy. It's important to note that prenatal massages should only be performed by a licensed massage therapist trained in working with pregnant women. This ensures that your massage goes smoothly and without any complications.

In terms of when you can start getting prenatal massages, they are usually recommended after the first trimester. The reason behind this is that during the first trimester, the body undergoes rapid changes, and it's best to wait until the body is more settled into the new pattern and rhythm before starting any massage therapy. After this point, a massage therapist can adjust their technique for each woman, depending on her comfort levels and needs.


Here are some of the most common benefits:

  • Improved circulation: Prenatal massage promotes better circulation and helps reduce swelling in your hands and feet.

  • Relaxed muscles: Massage helps to reduce muscle tension in areas like your neck, back, legs and feet-commonly places where women experience discomfort during pregnancy.

  • Improved sleep: Prenatal massage encourages deeper sleep cycles in pregnant women by relieving physical and mental stress.

  • Reduced anxiety/depression: Massage provides a sense of well-being and comfort that helps to reduce depression, anxiety and any other negative emotions that may be caused by fluctuation in hormones or fatigue.

  • Improved labour outcomes: Studies have shown that the improved relaxation from prenatal massage can help improve labour outcomes by reducing birth complications.

Prenatal massage is generally considered safe for most pregnant women, but it is always a good idea to talk to your doctor before getting one. 


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