Pregnancy

Prenatal Massage and its Advantages

Prenatal massage, if administered correctly, can relax your body and rise the levels of serotonin and dopamine which are your bodies own way to fend off depression. Prenatal massage can also stimulate your circulatory system, and decreases swelling of joints and sciatic nerve pain. To be on the safe side, when you choose a therapist, look for a massage therapist who is certified in prenatal massage. There are very specific pressure points that they need to avoid on the wrist and the ankle which can stimulate pelvic and uterine muscles. They also should have you lie on your side, since it is the safest position for a pregnant woman.

Advantages of Prenatal Massage

Here are a list of benefits:

  • Massage during the antenatal period helps to reduce the sciatic pain.
  • It reduces the swelling in the feet, hands and ankles.
  • Prenatal massage eases muscular discomforts in some areas like the neck, the lower back, calf cramps, etc.
  • It increases the flexibility and relaxes the tense muscles.
  • It also helps to reduce insomnia
  • Prenatal massage increases the blood flow and lymph. This helps to remove the toxins through the lymphatic and circulatory systems.
  • It can also give you relief from fatigue.
  • It helps to increase the oxygen content and supply in the blood.
  • This also boosts the immune system.
  • Endorphins present in the body are the natural pain killers that are stimulated with massage.
  • A proper prenatal massage can be relieving in any type of anxiety or depression.
  • It increases the circulation of blood and helps in giving more nutrients and oxygen to the mother and the unborn baby.
  • Massage during pregnancy gives relief from the stress that mothers usually experience after the delivery of the baby.

There are certain precautions which should be taken.  Do not eat a heavy meal before a prenatal massage. Also, avoid drinking too many fluids beforehand. Instead, eat a light well-balanced meal or snack prior to your appointment.

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