One of the most exciting times in your life can also present some challenges. During pregnancy the body is rapidly changing to support the growth and development of your baby. And oftentimes pregnant women suffer from back pain, leg aches, sciatica, and other muscle aches and pains all related to growing the fetus. Prenatal massage often has many of the same goals as other Massage Therapy treatments; relaxation, soft tissue release, and improved physical mobility, all while considering the specifics of pregnancy. For some, massage is a vital part of prenatal care and helps create a positive pregnancy experience.
Prenatal massage can be a safe and effective way to help expectant moms with the challenging physical symptoms that may accompany the changes her body may experince as she carries a growing baby. Massage can also help new moms with their mood by providing a relaxing experience that releases those feel good endorphins and has you feeling rejuvenated. Other benefits include;
Prenatal massage is generally safe at any point during pregnancy. However, be sure your RMT is educated in prenatal massage. It is important to consult with your physician prior to seeking Massage Therapy if your pregnancy is considered high risk or if you are experiencing any complications in your pregnancy. Complications during pregnancy that would require clearance from your physician/obstetrician prior to seeking Massage Therapy:
These conditions can impact whether prenatal massage will be safe for you and your baby. It is important to be aware and check with your Massage Therapist or physician if you are uncertain.