Pregnancy is an enjoyable time in a woman’s life as she readies to birth a child and become a mom in nine short months. And while this time is enjoyable, there are also hiccups that cause some women to experience some misery, especially during the latter stages of pregnancy. Carrying around a baby isn’t the easiest job, after all, and it puts the body through many changes. Since there are aches and pains associated with pregnancy, many women wonder if a massage can help them, and if so, if it is safe for their bundle of joy.
Below, you’ll learn more about massage during pregnancy, if it is safe, and the benefits of a massage. You’ll also learn more about choosing the best massage therapist to provide this service. What you learn here may come as a surprise, but it is important to know this information in order to stay safe during those nine beautiful months of pregnancy!
Is Massage Safe During Pregnancy?
Nothing is more important than protecting your baby during pregnancy. You wouldn’t dare do anything that puts the baby in harm’s way. So before you get on that massage table, the first question should be about safety concerns. If a massage could in any way harm your baby, it is something that you’ll avoid at all costs, of course, but you can leave those worries behind. You’ll be relieved to know that massage during pregnancy is 100% safe when it is done correctly. There are always a few exceptions to the rule, of course, so it is nonetheless important to talk to your OB/GYN about the safety of a massage before you schedule an appointment. Women with certain health conditions or pregnancy complications may want to avoid a massage, but only the doctor can help you learn this information.
Also, keep in mind that the safety of a massage may change from month to month. It is recommended that pregnant women avoid any strenuous activity during the first three months of pregnancy (or the first trimester) since this time is critical in the formation of the fetus and can be dangerous. Massage during both the second and third-trimester pose little threat to the baby under normal circumstances. Talk to your OB/GYN if you have any concerns about a massage during any of the pregnancy trimesters, or if problems arise after a massage.
Prenatal Massage Benefits
Benefits of a massage during pregnancy are even greater than the perks that it brings at any other time. Every woman who schedules a massage enjoys the perks. A prenatal massage relives overworked, tired muscles and the added pressure that pregnancy puts on the body, but the benefits are far greater. It feels good to have the gentle touch of a massage therapist touching the skin since a touch is always relaxing. Aside from the pleasure the touch of massage brings, pregnant women also enjoy a plethora of additional perks with the service. Studies prove that massage is beneficial. The procedure reduces anxiety and the signs of digression, alleviates muscle aches and pains, minimized joint pain, and creates an easier labor and delivery. Getting a massage is a great way to spend any day, and with an assortment of exciting benefits offered, every pregnant woman can enjoy this experience and benefit in a multitude of ways.
Talk to Your Massage Therapist
Don’t hesitate to create a list of questions to ask before you hire a massage therapist. When you ask questions, you get the answers that you want and need so there is little left to worry over. Whether you want to know more about the types of massages available, the type of massage table used, or even the amount of experience the massage therapist has, it is important that you ask questions before you schedule a massage because there is more to protect than just yourself these days. Don’t settle for less than you want and deserve in the massage therapist that you choose.
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