When you are pregnant, you want to do whatever is best for the baby. You make sure to eat the right things, or what the baby is craving. You will drink water, do gentle exercises, and anything else to ensure your baby stays healthy while they grow. But what about you? Are you making sure to take care of yourself while pregnant? We sure hope so! Your health affects the baby’s health.

One thing that you can do for yourself is to relax, destress, and get a prenatal massage. At Amazing Hands Day Spa, we can provide you with a quality prenatal massage that you and the baby can benefit from. In this blog, we are going to give you all the information you need about prenatal massages, from the benefits to the precautions and how they are done. Read on to learn more!

The Benefits

There are many benefits to prenatal massages, for both you and the baby. An article from American Pregnancy Association mentions that some of the benefits include reduced anxiety, decreased symptoms of depression, relieve muscle soreness, and an improvement in labor outcomes and the health of the newborn.

Studies have also found that prenatal massages can help with hormone regulation, which works to decrease stress and improve mood. It can also offer an improvement in cardiovascular health.

An article from Massage Magazine mentions that prenatal massages can also assist in remedying discomforts often associated with pregnancy including:

  • Lower-back pain
  • Upper-back pain
  • Tension and knots
  • Fatigue
  • Varicose veins
  • And more

Prenatal massages can add oxygen to the muscles and tissue, helps to improve flexibility, could improve sleep, creates a sedating effect on the nervous system, the list goes on and on. There are a lot of discomforts that come with pregnancy and prenatal massages can help to alleviate some of those discomforts.

The Precautions

Before getting a prenatal massage, you will want to talk to your ob-gyn to make sure it will not harm you or the baby. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, a prenatal massage may not be right for you. The position you are in during the massage will matter. Lying on your side is considered the best position but there are a few positions during a prenatal massage that are often used. Ask your ob-gyn which position is best for you and find out what your massage therapist will use. Some positions may put too much stress on the belly or back.

The American Pregnancy Association article mentions a few instances in which you will want to speak to your healthcare provider before getting a prenatal massage. These include:

  • If you experience bleeding or preterm contractions
  • Have a high-risk pregnancy
  • Have pregnancy induced hypertension (PIH)
  • Have preeclampsia
  • Have recently given birth
  • And more

A prenatal massage could be very beneficial to you and the baby, but we want you to be safe and smart about it. If you have the all clear, schedule your prenatal massage at Amazing Hands Day Spa! Contact us today to learn more.