Prenatal Massage Benefits

Pregnant women can receive massages. Prenatal massage is beneficial and has many positive effects for most pregnant women. Here are some of the benefits that come with getting a pregnancy massage or two.

Relaxation

Anyone that's ever been pregnant knows how stressful it can be. Whether you're stressing about prepping for the baby or finding clothes that fit your growing belly, massage may be a good way to de-stress.

Re-Connect With Partner

Many couples experience a decline in romance during the pregnancy time period. This could be due to the stress of becoming parents, the multitude of things to do before the baby comes or even sexual difficulties. Whatever the reason, there's no better way to re-connect with a partner than an intimate massage.

Pain Relief

Let's face it. Pain is just an unpleasant part of pregnancy, whether it involves the joints, nerves or muscles. A growing belly puts a lot of strain on the back and on the feet. In addition, massage helps stimulate soft tissues to reduce swelling of the joints that often accompanies pregnant. A gentle massage can bring a whole lot of relief for a pregnant woman. After all, a happy pregnant woman means a happy growing baby.

Hormone Regulation

Studies have shown that regular prenatal massage can reduce levels of "stress" hormones like norepinephrine and cortisol while increasing levels of "happy" hormones like dopamine and serotonin. Also, these changes in hormone levels led to fewer complications during birth, which points strongly to the benefit of maternal relaxation.

Sleep Improvement

Pregnant women often experience difficulty sleeping, something that they may have acquired only after becoming pregnant. This difficulty sleeping has many contributing factors: worry, pain, uncomfortable positioning, hormonal levels, and more. But, a relaxing massage has the power to grant a good night's sleep.

Precautions

Prenatal massage is not for everyone. Ask permission from your physician before you begin a massage regimen. Most healthy women will benefit from prenatal massage.