If there’s ever a time when you need to take care of your health and wellbeing, it’s while you’re pregnant. Your body is having to work harder than usual, which can put a lot of strain on you mentally and physically. While many types of massage are ill-advised during pregnancy, prenatal massage or pregnancy massage was specifically designed for pregnant women.
Here are some of the great benefits you’ll get from prenatal massage therapy.
Helps you relax
Like most kinds of massage, pregnancy massage is great for helping you feel more relaxed. And since pregnancy is usually physically, mentally, and emotionally stressful, there’s no better time for this kind of massage. A great knock-on effect of this relaxation is that you’ll find it easier to sleep well, which isn’t always easy during pregnancy.
Relieves lower body pain
The extra weight you’re carrying with your baby growing inside of you can put a lot of strain on your hips, legs, knees, ankles, and feet. Prenatal massage helps to relieve the tension and pain caused by this while keeping the entire procedure safe for you and your baby. Relieving the tension will also help to keep your joints in good health throughout your pregnancy.
And other types of pain
The medications you can take to relieve pain are limited during pregnancy, which can leave you feeling helpless when pain arises. Pregnancy massage is a natural form of pain relief for conditions that may become more common during pregnancy, such as tension headaches, carpal tunnel, muscle cramps, and heartburn.
Massage, in general, is good for stimulating blood flow as well as lymph circulation, which has a number of benefits. One key benefit of this for pregnant women is that it can effectively reduce swelling, which typically occurs in the feet, ankles, and lower legs during pregnancy. Improved circulation can also help to deliver nutrients to your baby more efficiently.
Your hormones are all over the place during pregnancy, which means fluctuating moods and irritability. The soothing touch of massage helps to lift your mood and stabilize your hormones, helping you fight stress, depression, and other potential mood disorders during pregnancy, without the need for medication.
Are you looking for a natural way to improve your physical health and mental wellbeing during pregnancy? Get in touch with Moonstone Massage or book a massage with us online for pregnancy massage and other massage services in Winston Salem, Pfafftown, and Lewisville.