We all know how great a massage is when our muscles are tight and we are dealing with the stress of everyday life. However, many women are reluctant to enjoy the benefits of massage when they are pregnant. It’s always a good idea to check with your prenatal care provider before scheduling a massage just to make sure there are no concerns. And, don’t hesitate to share any concerns with us if you are expecting yet still want to enjoy a great relaxing massage. Moms to be, need it more than ever!
Research has shown that prenatal massage is great at helping to reduce anxiety, decrease the symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and improve labor outcomes. Let’s take a look at just three benefits of prenatal massage.
It’s common knowledge that massage can release hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. And it can also reduce hormones associated with stress like cortisol. Changing these hormone levels can lead to fewer complications during birth and can definitely have an impact on mom’s mental health.
Many women suffer from edema or a swelling of their joints during pregnancy. This is typically caused by decreased circulation and increased pressure on the major blood vessels. Prenatal massage can help to stimulate the soft tissue which then reduces the fluids that collect in the swollen joints.
Improving Nerve Pain
Expectant moms might also experience sciatic nerve pain while pregnant because the uterus rests on the muscles of the lower back and pelvic floor. Prenatal massage releases the tension on nearby muscles which can ease the nerve pain.
Women can begin prenatal massage at any point in their pregnancy so ask us today about scheduling a consultation and appointment. Moms to be also deserve a little pampering and relief!