Congratulations, you’re pregnant. Now get a massage! Not only is a pregnancy massage good for you, it has real benefits for your baby as well.

  1. Prenatal massage helps to improve circulation and digestion, both of which are critical for you and your baby.
  2. Pregnancy massage can help with backaches, neck aches and shoulder soreness due to the extra weight you are carrying. It can also alleviate pain in the pelvic and hip areas.
  3. Pre-natal massage helps to reduce swelling in your legs, ankles and hands, which can cause discomfort to you and stress to your baby.
  4. Massage helps promote deep breathing and helps you to relax, both of which you’ll need to practice a lot during our pregnancy (and for the next 18 years).
  5. Prenatal massage helps to reduce fatigue, a common complaint among many pregnant women.
  6. Pregnancy massage can help improve skin elasticity, which may minimize stretch marks.
  7. Prenatal massage can help stabilize hormone levels by decreasing anxiety. A pregnancy massage is generally a very relaxing experience.

During a pregnancy massage, you are usually massaged while laying on one side and then the other. Your massage therapist should be specially trained in pregnancy massage.
It is always a good idea to consult your doctor about the benefits of pregnancy massage before arranging for one. A pre-natal massage should only be performed on women after completion of the first trimester and who are experiencing a healthy pregnancy. Massage should not be performed on women experiencing the following: high morning sickness, premature bleeding, high blood pressure, edema, toxemia or pre-eclampsia.
However, if you’re healthy, a pregnancy massage can be a beautiful gift for you or someone you love. Moms often state that one of the best gifts they received during their pregnancy was a gift certificate for a prenatal massage.

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