The last trimester in particular is well known for being a little uncomfortable as baby grows and your body must accommodate the rapid growth rate. Massage, once you know that any aches you’re feeling are perfectly natural and nothing to worry about, can be a great way of easing the discomfort that growing another human being can cause!
If you’re working through any of the following conditions, you will benefit from massage.
BackacheA growing baby changes your posture, which can lead to lower backache and sometimes upper backache too. Massage helps to relax muscles which reduces tension in your back.
HeartburnAs pregnancy progresses, you may find that your digestion slows down and you end up with complaints like constipation and heartburn. If you are stressed, it makes things even worse. Massage will help calm you and your digestive system, which generally helps ease these symptoms.
SPD or PGPThese conditions are caused by the ligaments and joints being softened, due to a hormone, called relaxin. This can lead to symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD) and pelvic girdle pain (PGP). Massage helps relieve the discomfort.
SciaticaPregnancy can put pressure on your sciatic nerve which leads to pain down the back of the thigh, leg and sometimes to the sole of the foot. Massage can help ease the pain.
HeadachesA common pregnancy complaint, headaches are often affected by hormones and made worse by stress or tension in the head, neck and shoulder area. Massage is well known for being excellent at headache relief, and is all natural so you won’t need to be concerned with taking medication.
Stretch MarksMassaging your belly with a nourishing oil helps to moisturize your skin and can help to prevent the forming of stretch marks.
Massage in pregnancy – warningMake sure that if you are booking a prenatal massage, it’s carried out by a therapist who is properly qualified.
If you are suffering from any of the following, please see a healthcare professional rather than your massage therapist.:
- Morning sickness or extreme nausea
- Heavy, bloody or watery vaginal discharge
- High blood pressure or/and pre-eclampsia
- Abdominal pain or cramping
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
- Unusual or identified pains you have not had before
- Contagious illness
Massage is safe for anyone experiencing a healthy pregnancy and can help with common discomforts, as well as make you feel great! Not pregnant? Give the gift of massage-contact me for a gift certificate!