The Great Benefits of Pregnancy Massage
Pregnancy is an amazing journey, but it can put a lot of stress on your body. Whether its swelling, cramps, or tension, pregnancy massage is designed to alleviate aches and pains and soothe any tension that can arise during the second and third trimester.
What is a pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massages, also known as prenatal massages, are massages specially adapted for your body’s anatomical changes during pregnancy. They utilise gentle targeted techniques to help reduce swelling, improve circulation and decrease fluid retention in the body. You can choose to lie on your side, but if you wish to lie on your stomach, you will be provided with a special cushioning system with holes to accommodate your growing belly.
When is the best time to have a pregnancy massage?
Pregnancy massage is safer after the first trimester. During the first three months, it might trigger nausea and dizziness. However, it is important to consult your doctor first, even in your second trimester, before trying it out. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, preeclampsia, morning sickness, bleeding, or abdominal pain, a prenatal massage could be risky for you.
What are the benefits of prenatal massage?
Like any other massage, prenatal massage guarantees relaxation, but that is not all it can offer. Research shows that the treatment can reduce stress hormones in your body, increase blood flow, improve your lymphatic system, flush out toxins, and reduce swelling in your feet and hands as long as it isn’t caused by preeclampsia. It can also improve your mood and help you to sleep better.
Is back massage safe during pregnancy?
Yes. Back massages are safe to perform during any stage of pregnancy. However, it is advisable that you wait until after your first trimester.
Is neck massage safe during pregnancy?
Yes, neck massages are generally safe during pregnancy. They can be very relaxing and can ease any tension or knots. Any qualified prenatal masseuse will use techniques that are safe for both mother and baby.
Is foot massage safe during pregnancy?
Foot rubs are incredibly relaxing, but you have to be gentle and cautious when you are pregnant. There are some pressure points in the feet that encourage uterine contractions.
Which oil is good for massage during pregnancy?
Essential oils such as lavender oil, rose oil, peppermint oil, lemon oil, chamomile oil and geranium oil are great for pregnancy massages. However, ensure that you dilute your essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil or almond oil.
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