Pregnancy is an exciting and wonderful experience for many women. However, the hormonal and weight changes that occur during pregnancy can leave you with swollen joints and sore muscles. Pregnant women have to refrain from taking many over-the-counter and prescription medications, leaving them with few options to alleviate their symptoms. There are many benefits you can derive from a prenatal massage. Here are some things for you to consider.
What are prenatal massages?
Prenatal massages are similar to Swedish massages and are completed by certified prenatal massage therapists. Some modifications are made to this type of full-body massage using positioning to help to protect the comfort and safety of both the mother and baby. Like any other therapy, you should talk to your doctor before scheduling a therapy session. Here are some benefits you might expect from getting a massage while pregnant.
For many women, swelling in the hands, legs, and feet is a problem. This type of swelling is often the result of the increased pressure placed on major blood vessels and reduced circulation of the blood. When you get a massage, it can help to reduce swelling by gently moving the excess fluid and stimulating your soft tissues. This can help you to feel more comfortable.
Alleviating pain in your lower back
Pregnant women are restricted from taking most pain relievers while they are pregnant. Unfortunately, your growing baby may cause you to experience regular pain in your lower back because of the added weight you are carrying. Getting a massage can help to increase your blood circulation while releasing tension in your lower back. This can help to reduce the pain you feel.
Improvements in sleep
As your pregnancy progresses, you might find it increasingly difficult to get quality sleep. Many women find themselves tossing and turning at night because of discomfort. A massage can help to release hormones that help your body and nervous system to relax. In turn, the increased feelings of relaxation can help you to fall asleep faster and to remain asleep.
Helping to encourage labor
If you are past your due date, you might think that your pregnancy will never end. A labor inducing massage can help to encourage your body to begin the labor process and help your delivery to be easier. A labor inducing massage can also reduce obstructions and ease labor pains.
Natural relief from pain
Scheduling regular prenatal massages during your pregnancy can offer a drug-free and safe way to relieve pain. This can help you to feel better while also protecting your baby’s safety. During and after your session, the increased circulation and your body’s relaxation can significantly reduce many of the common types of discomfort you might experience during pregnancy.
Contact Everyday Massage
With two locations in Omaha, Nebraska, the licensed massage therapists at Everyday Massage are proud to help expecting mothers experience greater comfort during their pregnancies. Our massages are conducted in private rooms. Call us at (402) 982-4441 to schedule an appointment at our Aksarben location or at (402) 982-4440 to schedule an appointment at our West Maple location. We also offer gift certificates.