Pregnancy Massage: Alleviate Soreness Due To Pregnancy More Effectively
In the past 9 years, I have had 3 normal pregnancies and healthy children
. While the pregnancies were all normal and complication-free, I had all the different feelings going through both my mind and body. Between muscle and joint pain, there is also weight gain (in my case, this was quite substantial) causing physical discomfort. I never considered that there was any way of gaining some relief. I now know there is! It is a pregnancy massage. I recently discovered (maybe too late for me) that this is an option when pregnant, in most circumstances.
When pregnant, we all know that we must, not only take care of ourselves, but also of the new baby growing within us. We have many feelings, some of them stress, anxiety, depression, as well as joy of the wonders and challenges ahead. All these feelings are normal, and can be alleviated a bit, unbeknownst to us through a pregnancy massage.
So many issues can be helped by going to a certified pregnancy specialist, also known as a pre-natal specialist. The specialist will have special pillows to support the baby, and will know how to properly position the pregnant woman. Deep tissue massage is not appropriate during a pregnancy massage, but can be great at more appropriate times.
One important point is that the personal OB/GYN knows that you are considering pregnancy massage. These massages are good also when in labor, and are a great bonding experience for you and your husband. When having a massage, clothing is optional, some ladies prefer clothing (bra and underwear) others prefer towels or sheets for coverage. There are no complications associated with pregnancy massages. They do not cause miscarriages. Even after the baby is born, massages can help soothe colic.
As a mother of 3 girls aged 9 and under, I wish I had known about pregnancy massages when I was pregnant. I had such weight gain putting stress on my bones and muscles, my sciatic nerve caused me immense pain with my first child. My second pregnancy put stress on my legs and back and my third left me exhausted, needing a massage - unfortunately, I didn't consider pregnancy massages. I now know that massages can help eliminate waste products from the mother through the lymphatic and circulatory system, thus giving the mother more energy. Massages can also help with swollen ankles and legs, which any pregnant woman will tell you, are very uncomfortable.
To have a massage while pregnant feels like it would be great. To know that my physical pain, stress and anxiety, as well as hormonal issues could have been alleviated by something so good for me is comforting. A calming, refreshing massage I will be seeking if blessed with another child I will be sure to look for a certified pregnancy massage therapist and consult my doctor. I will not go through another pregnancy without one!
by: Robert Sted
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