The main aim of a pregnancy massage is basically the same as a regular massage which is to help you to relax, relieve stress as well as take care of the area of your body that gives you pains.
For women who are pregnant, they usually have problems like hip pain and pain at the lower back or pressure because of the increasing weight of the baby they carry as well as having problems breathing and digestion.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN A PREGNANCY MASSAGE AND REGULAR MASSAGE
Some changes are normally made for pregnant women who need a massage which are quite different from a regular massage. For instance, after the first trimester pregnant women are no longer placed in the face down position when they receive a massage in order to avoid placing unnecessary pressure on the belly as well as stressing the uterine ligaments.
Apart from this, during the pregnancy and based on how far gone the pregnant women are, they will be given a massage for some time while lying down on their back and moved to their left side or further on in the pregnancy another option is to place the women in a semi-sprawled position. These methods or positions are used in order to prevent the vena cava from being compressed as this can lead to low maternal blood pressure and reduced flow to baby and mother.
If there are any major worries or special directives from the women’s doctors, they are taken into consideration before giving a massage. Majority of the massage will be done with the women lying on their side and being supported by cushions or pillows to provide some measure of safety and comfort.
Unlike a regular massage, there are areas in a pregnant woman’s body that applying intense pressure should be avoided. Such areas include inner parts of the legs, certain parts of the body that support uterine contraction and the abdomen but the abdomen can be massaged gently as this provides a lot of benefit to mother and baby.
Pregnancy massage or prenatal massage offers several benefits to both mother and baby such as:
- Reducing tension
- Reducing anxiety
- Reducing stress
- Offering relief from joint and muscle pain
- Reduces swelling
- Improve digestion
- Improves the immune system
It is important that women interested in prenatal massage should ensure they find therapists that are certified as well as ask their doctors for advice first.
Therapists who are certified have the required knowledge of the pregnant body and the training to know what needs to be done including what is safe for mothers and their babies.