Benefits of Prenatal and Postpartum Massage

I may be a bit biased on this since I am a licensed massage therapist, but I believe that all women (especially women that are pregnant and after they’ve had a baby) deserve massages… regularly. Massage has been proven in multiple studies to be extremely beneficial to your mind and body. Not only that, it’s beneficial to your baby, too! If you have been wondering if massage is safe and if it’s the right choice for you, then you’ve found the right post! Today I’m sharing with you the benefits of prenatal and postpartum massage and why you should schedule your next appointment. 

During pregnancy, as we all know, a woman’s body undergoes some crazy, amazing changes. Women’s bodies really are incredible. With all of these changes, it can result in a number of uncomfortable conditions. But even with those discomforts, there are things that you can do to relieve those aches and pains and one of them is massage. Massage is helpful throughout all stages of pregnancy, birth, and postpartum. Massage during pregnancy not only makes a woman feel pampered and more emotionally grounded, but it also offers undeniable physical benefits as well. The overall goals for prenatal massage are to help minimize stress, promote relaxation, and prepare the muscles for childbirth. Here are some specific benefits of massage during each trimester:

First Trimester

  • Reduces stress and reinforces a habit of relaxation
  • Relieves headaches
  • Reduces fatigue
    • Massage helps carry away the lactic acid and other cellular waste products that build up, which combats fatigue and helps her feel more energetic.
  • Helps alleviate morning sickness

Second Trimester

  • Alleviates backaches
  • Relieves leg cramps
  • Eases the load on the heart to help keep her blood pressure in check
  • Minimizes stress on the nervous system, including the sciatic nerve
  • Reduces stress on weight-bearing joints
  • Encourages blood and lymph circulation
  • Provides a nurturing, soothing touch, which promotes the release of emotional and physical tension

Third Trimester

  • Reduces swelling/edema
  • Helps relax nervous tension – which aids in better sleep
  • Relieves pain from varicosities
  • Relieves round ligament pain
  • Prepares pelvic muscles for birth process by loosening the pelvis and ridding the body of excess tension prior to the onset of labor
  • Stimulates glandular secretions, which helps relieve depression and anxiety
  • Stabilizes hormone levels
  • Increases chance to carry baby to term, and generally have a happier, healthier pregnancy

Massage during pregnancy also stimulates your lymphatic system, increasing immunity and the removal of excess toxins, while also stabilizing hormone levels and balancing the glandular system. Massage assists the circulatory and lymphatic systems by promoting the movement of blood and lymph, which brings more nutrients to the cells of both the mother and the baby. This means better vitality for mother and more nourishment for baby. What could be better?!

Courtesy : Nina Spears – Baby Chick

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