Prenatal massage is a massage performed during a client’s pregnancy. Prenatal massage can help relieve some of the typical pain and discomfort of pregnancy. However, it can carry some risks also and is not recommended for all kinds of pregnancies.
Pregnant women in the second and third trimesters, and with uncomplicated pregnancies, may find prenatal massage soothing and therapeutic.
A study at the University of Miami, School of Medicine found that Prenatal massage might have multiple benefits for the expectant mother including;
Prenatal massage has also been shown to reduce cortisol levels, another stress hormone, and to increase levels of ‘feel-good’ hormones like dopamine and serotonin.
There has been no link confirmed between prenatal massage and miscarriage, or any other pregnancy complication. However, since this is an area of incomplete research, it is better to be cautious. Pregnant women should avoid Prenatal massage during the first trimester when chances of a miscarriage are statistically highest. Also, the client should try to confirm that her massage therapist has been certified by a recognized body, like the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) or similar association. Ask if your therapist has specific training in Prenatal Massage.
No particular preparation is required. Just be sure to drink enough water as Prenatal Massage, like any massage, can be dehydrating.
What is the best position for Prenatal Massage?
The best position for Prenatal Massage is with the client lying on her side. Your therapist should have support pillows to help you lie comfortably in this position. Some massage centers also carry specialized massage tables which accommodate your pregnant body. You can try these to see if they are comfortable, otherwise, lie on your side.
How often should I receive Prenatal Massage?
There is such a thing as too much massage! Massage touch is naturally soothing, but you don’t want to overdo it, especially not during a sensitive time like pregnancy. If you want to go in for Prenatal Massage more than once a week, consult your Obstetrician-Gynecologist first.
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